Heading straight for the patch of zinnias for today’s vase, I had no idea yet of a title or theme. The zinnias have been all but neglected apart from admiring glances for weeks, gradually becoming taller and statelier as the season has gone on, perhaps in an attempt to grab my attention. However, the garden has proved as abundant as usual, and they have had to wait their turn – but here they are today in their vibrant and juicy colours.
I picked all the blooms that were on show, and augmented the fruity collection with blues of Clematis heracleifolia ‘New Love’ and clary sage ‘Oxford Blue’, yellow unnamed dahlia blooms, purple statice Limonium ‘Purple Attraction and plum Scabious ‘Burgundy Beau’, most of which we could loosely relate to different fruits although in hindsight we could have done without the Clematis. I suspect I wasn’t yet thinking of a fruity context at the time, but at least it’s not visible in the main picture, unlike the overhead view below:
Choosing a vase proved to be the catalyst for the fruity title, a pressed glass jelly mould which was the perfect receptacle for today’s blooms, and I was surprised not to have considered its use as a vase before, filled on this occasion with glass beads to support the stems…that’s the trouble with having so many vases or quasi-vases! The jelly mould could have been a prop in itself, but in anticipation of the party the fruity jelly was required for, I have added a teeny-tiny celebration cake on a teeny Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired table.
What inspiration might you get from your own garden today? If it inspires you to find blooms or other material to pick and pop into a vase and share with us then we would be delighted to see them; please leave the usual links to and from this post to do so.