There are a number of bright sparks warming up the cutting beds at the moment and they have come together to burn brightly in today’s vase: Calendula ‘Indian Prince’ and ‘Snow Princess’, Zinnia ‘Orange King’ and ‘Benary Giant Mixed’, Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’ and just-opening buds of ‘Rustic Dwarf’, Scabious ‘Burgundy Beau’, Amaranthus ‘Hot Biscuits’ and some random orange nasturtium that was packeted as ‘Crimson Emperor’ (grrr!).
They joined forces with a pleasingly shaped Royal Doulton jug in cream glazed china with an orange trim around the neck and on the handle, one I often turn to when there are fiery blooms to display. Today, although unexpectedly sunny, is only pleasantly warm is not Hot, so instead of going down the ‘hot hot hot’ route I turned to the warmth of home fires, giving me the chance to use this prop, a miniature ‘fender’, originally destined for a doll’s house. I am well aware that the US has a different use for the term ‘fender’, but in this UK instance it refers to a ‘low metal frame around an open fireplace that stops the coal or wood from falling out’, a feature now rarely seen in modern homes.
Do have a look in your own garden or forage in your locality and see what you could find to pop into your own vase today; whether warming or cooling, it will undoubtedly bring you pleasure over the next few days. I may be thrilled to have grown zinnias successfully this year, but I am equally thrilled with the simple calendula in the jug which until this year have been rather substandard. Simple or grand, wild or tame, every IAVOM contribution is welcome, so leave the usual links to and from this post so we can enjoy them too.