Today’s vase contains a number of yesterday’s firsts – the unnamed dahlia, the three calendula varieties (Indian Prince, Sunset Buff and Snow Princess) – and Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’, another photographed but unused first, Euphorbia oblongata and a temporarily russet fern. Glowing like the home fires we are encouraged to keep burning, they called out for an appropriate prop and this vintage crested (‘Sheffield’) Carlton Ware pottery souvenir in the form of a kitchen ‘range’ fitted the bill perfectly. The Caithness Glass vase with its simple orange and yellow swirls seemed to lose its impact, however, when filled with stems.
As well as this fiery bunch, I cut cornflower and sweet peas yesterday for two separate posies, so I guess this is the start of months of opportunity in the cutting beds, supported by the bounty of the rest of a summer garden. How lucky I am to have these resources, and how lovely it is to be able to share them, whether in the form of posies or opening the garden to visitors.
If you have resources in your own garden or garnered nearby, whether minimal or abundant, that you would like to pop in a vase or jam jar and share with the wider IAVOM community, then please leave links to and from this post.