Today I am celebrating the abundance of the cutting beds with the brightest dahlias and zinnias available, with a few others for support.
David Howard is in there again, with Geoffrey Kent (red), Dorothy Rose (pink), Top Totty (purple, and sadly only visible on the view above) and ‘Happy Single Juliet (single, cerise), with zinnias Benary Giant Lime, Orange King and a pink and startlingly bright red from Benary’s Giant Mix. They are joined by Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’, Salvia viridis ‘Oxford Blue’, Antirrhinum ‘Liberty Classic Rose’ and Bupleurum rotundifolium.
I have a sneaking suspicion that ‘Gaiety Club’ may be a misnomer and that it is not the sort of place where cocktails abound, as suggested by the spotty cocktail umbrella but, if the addition of Amaranthus ‘Hot Biscuits’ is anything to go by, more of a club with leather armchairs and sleepy gentlemen nodding off in the daytime – but let’s continue to pretend otherwise and maintain their jolly image…
Instead of the deliberate contrasts of the main vase, I also have a more subtle vase of sweet peas to enjoy, culled yesterday by stripping all the blooms to ensure flowering is maintained, which seems an eminently sensible routine to get into. I have mentioned the combination of Gwendoline and King George VI several times and am really pleased with the pairing, although a random lilac one has recently appeared in the mix, presumably from just a single seed.
I know both these vases will bring me pleasure during the week and I wonder what those of you reading this post might find in your own gardens to pick and pop in vase or jamjar to bring you pleasure too. Please share them with us by leaving links to and from this post.