I started gathering blooms for today’s vase, cutting several stems of Dahlia ‘Geoffrey Kent’ and a few from D ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, before heading off to look for some grasses to include and being sidetracked by Persicaria ‘Fat Domino’, before realising that I seemed to be inadvertantly picking elements of the vase created by blogging friend Dorris last week. With the grasses in one hand, I couldn’t resist cutting several stems of an adjacent Persicaria ‘Blackfield’, its flowering spikes not as big and fat as ‘Fats Domino’, but a strikingly dark shade of red. Adding them to the grasses, it occurred to me that sometimes less is more, and that they made a pleasing combination in themselves without the addition of any dahlias, so I can no longer be accused of vase plagiarism!
Instead of stuffing a vase with dahlias, we therefore have several stems of P ‘Blackfield’, flowering grass Miscanthus ‘Ferner Osten’, and a single bloom of ‘Geoffrey Kent’. LIke the calamagrostis that Dorris used in her vase, the miscanthus has a slight rosy tint to it and always reminds me of string when you have separated it into its individual strands. The remaining blooms were not wasted, but were tied into a posy and taken with me to the centre where I do weekly voluntary work.
The black gates of today’s prop are part of my childhood collection of Britains ‘Floral Miniature Garden’, a collection sadly mutilated by my children and their friends at some stage, with items broken, mixed-up and lost – I blame the friends!! On top of the gateposts I inserted what were classed as ‘rock plants’, although the foliage I included probably belonged to something else.
That’s my Monday vase for today, and it would be lovely if some of you could join us with your own vase, garnered with material from your garden or foraged nearby. Please leave the usual links to and from this post.