Quite clearly, today’s blooms HAVE been cut but, having cut them and popped them into the zinc ice bucket that I usually stand flowers in before they are arranged, I decided they looked attractive as they were, just randomly plonked and untrimmed (other than removal of lower leaves): the uncut version.
Spurning the temptation of various purple and pink shades of dahlia that are still going strong in the cutting beds, I was attracted instead by the last few presentable blooms on sunflowers ‘Velvet Queen’ and ‘Italian White’, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Glow’. With the advent of an oranges and lemons theme, various oddments from the same colour palette were added – Dahlias ‘Jescott Julie’, ‘Golden Girl’ and ‘unknown’, Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’, a fading hosta leaf and the yellow-green foliage of nasturtium. There may be others lurking in the mix too.
I liked the way the lanky stems of Prairie Glow and Lemon Queen splayed out at the sides of the bucket, creating a low and wide effect which I was unsure could be replicated in any of the vases I have – so they stayed where they were instead. I could have added the obvious props of course, but I suspect the lemons in my fridge are past their best and not for public display. Have you been able to pick blooms or find other material in your garden for public display on IAVOM today, as well as for your own personal pleasure? If so, please share them with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.