Yet another vase idea has been hijacked before it could be carried out, kicked into touch by the bedding fuchsias lifted from a trough yesterday as part of a mammoth effort to get all my tulips planted regardless of the wet weather, a successful task well worth the resultant soaking!
The ‘bedding fuchsias’ were bought from Aldi earlier this year to provide an added variation to the pots and containers on the paved area, and I have often used them in this particular trough where they have generally made a reasonable impact – but not so this year. I think I have bought trailing varieties before whereas these were classed as upright; their undoing, however, was the mass of foliage which dominated the plants, all but covering any flowers. It is really only in the last few weeks that the flowers have become more visible, albeit still heavily shrouded in leaves and not at all numerous so, although I briefly considered overwintering them, their lack of impact sounded a death knell and instead I cut stems hosting a sprinkling of blooms and composted the rest.
Clutching the chosen few stems, I was motivated to add spikes of Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ to match the lavender pink of the fuchsia’s corolla and Persicaria ‘Inverleith’ to highlight the pinky red sepals. Looking at the overhead view I can now see how well the background of a handstitched quilt also supports the contents, although the quilt was actually chosen to tie in with the ‘country style’ thoughts I had about the posy whilst clutched in my hand on the way back to the house. In passing, I also added two scruffy plumes of Pennisetum villosum but decided their impact might be lost so cut stems of calamagrostis to join them in supporting the country look.
There was no dithering over vases this week, as I went straight for this glass vase in its custom-made wire basket which I knew would suit the image I had in my mind; not surprisingly, before the fuchsia stems could be placed in it they had to be heavily defoliated! Completing the rustic vase is this week’s prop, a ripe stem of barley, picked on one of our local walks – I love the whiskers!
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