It was the deep red red wine colour of Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ and Scabiosa ‘Black Knight’ that prompted today’s vase; otherwise it might be have been a further celebration of ‘late summer stalwarts’ the dahlias, which I was admiring yesterday for their generosity, longevity of flowering season and overall impact. What else other than roses makes such a statement?
Some of the blooms in the vase are so dark they almost disappear and you may have to look closely at the view from overhead to see some of the boozy contents. When I came to pick the scabious I could only find two perfect blooms, so supplemented them with not-quite-so-dark Scabiosa ‘Burgundy Beau’. Also from the cutting beds were opening buds of Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’, whilst other borders produced Knautia macedonia ‘Red Alert’, Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ and the stunning new foliage of Nandina ‘Obsessed’. A wine glass was an appropriate vessel for these blooms but the choice of a lead crystal brandy glass was incidental and not, I am sad to say, specifically designed to suit the Cherry Brandy that triggered the vase in the first place.
The stems are held inplace with a small handful of pebbles and the prop is one I have used before, a realistic but highly miniaturised fridge magnet which always looks the part.
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