Today’s vase started with two large red grown-from-seed dahlia blooms, with their bright yellow eyes, and was developed around the theme of ‘bright’, but when it came to arranging them they dominated the rest of the blooms because of their size, so I replaced one of them with Clematis ‘Ville de Lyon’, a clematis I know has a good vase life. Even so, the dahlia still looks a little big for its boots!
Joining the dahlia and clematis are Calendula ‘Snow Princess’ and ‘Indian Prince’, both looking better than every other year I have grown them, Cosmos ‘Popsocks’, Limonium ‘Purple Attraction’ (statice), Centaurea ‘Black Ball’ (cornflower), Antirrhinum ‘Liberty Classic Rose’ and, to fill in some gaps, side shoots from a delphinium. On the way back to the house with the pickings I spontaneously picked up a stem of meadow rue (wild thalictrum) that had been pulled out from one of the borders earlier and used the foliage to finish off the vase.
The vase itself is formed of black glass with a wavy upper edge and a lower section that normally contains a glass frog but I removed this and filled the space with biodegradable floral foam which meant the stems could be inserted at an angle.
Those of you who know your musicals will recognise the eyes from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’. This was probably the first modern musical I went to, way back in the early 90s, at the behest of Elder Daughter who knew the songs word for word despite her tender age at the time.
I saw a film of the production recently as part of Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Show Must Go On’ on YouTube, where he generously allowed the public to view six of his musicals at no cost – and what an exhilarating production it was, an improvement even on the original (what I remember of the original, that is).
With the coming of blooms in the cutting beds there should be a greater injection of colour into my Monday vases, with less dominance on the pinks and purples of springs – but every garden is different and it is always a pleasure to see what other gardeners have in their Monday vases. Whatever the colour, they are bound to bring pleasure into your life, and if you would like to share them with us too please leave the usual links to and from this post.
ps following on from my promise last week, I have given away six posies, a good start.