Sidestepping the glorious dahlias, I went to the other end of the cutting beds and picked some cosmos for the first time this year. They have been flowering for a number of weeks already but only in ones or twos, so I waited till they were giving more generously and there were enough to fill a vase.
These Double Click cosmos have been my go-to variety for a few years, with Double Click Cranberries and Double Click Snow Puff joined this year for the first time by Double Click Rose Bonbon. I love their frilliness and the variable inner ring of petals, and they never fail to disappoint. Today they are popped into one of my larger Caithness Glass vases with a few Briza maxima stems, pulled out of a pot. The star is a seedhead of Allium cristophii, retrieved with several other seedheads from the border realignment I have been working on.
Simple but pleasing, and taking only minutes to put together, this vase is a typical example of ‘pick and plonk’ although admittedly I did trim the stems to a similar length and tried to untangle the Briza seedheads which have a habit of entwining themselves around each other. If you have not joined in with IAVOM before, perhaps you could spare a few blooms from your garden and the short time it takes to pop them into a vase or other receptacle, where they will undoubtedly bring you pleasure in the coming days – and leave links to and from this post if you would like to share them with the wider IAVOM community.