It really has been sizzling here in the last few days, with temperatures hovering around 30°, making gardening tasks sticky and uncomfortable. With our second and last group visit to the garden planned for Tuesday, deadheading, staking and tying back have been daily activities, with watering now added to the list as many plants begin to visibly droop.
I already had my eye on dahlias as contenders for IAVOM but having picked stems of Bishop of Auckland and Geoffrey Kent wasn’t sure what to do with them. Dismissing a mixed vase of dahlias I eventually went down a fiery route to match the sizzling weather, adding the following: Antirrhinum ‘Liberty Classic Crimson’, Helichrysum ‘Orange’, sweet pea ‘King George VI’, Calendula ‘Orange Prince’ offspring, Amaranthus ‘Hot Biscuits’, Dianthus ‘Rocking Red’ and foliage from Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’. All except the persicaria were grown from seed. On cooler days, the amaranthus remains vertical and although I am going to drop the other amaranthus I grow from my seed list I will stick with this for its vase potential.
Sunglasses have acted as props for at least one sunny vase before now, and I may well have used matches too but had to smile when I pulled this box out of the drawer and saw the five fat sausages sizzling in the pan (‘one went pop and the other went bang’)! I know parts of North America and other parts of Europe have suffered heavy rain and flooding in
recent days, sadly leading to loss of life, but whether your weather is sizzling or not perhaps you could find blooms or other material from your garden or foraged nearby to pop into a vase or other container and share it with us today by leaving links to and from this post.