I promised I would take advantage of the wonderful Giant Dahlia Mix zinnias sometime soon and feature them in vase on Monday, so here they are today. Uploading the photographs in readiness for the post I realised I had barely got all the blooms in the initial photograph – but you can see them in their entirety in the overhead shot below. Not only this, but looking at the vase from across the room as I began to write the post I could see that the ‘arrangement’ might have looked more effective if the stems had been splayed out more, at a more obtuse angle…but hey ho, it is as it is, and perhaps I will learn from this.
Most of the stems are zinnias from this Giant Dahlia Mix, but there are a couple of Purple Prince and Orange King in there too, along with scabious buds and seadheads to add further interest. I don’t usually go with mixed colours in my seed sowing, but couldn’t decide on other varieties to grow alongside the latter two stalwarts so chose these mixed ones instead which have proved exceedingly attractive; I wouldn’t choose to pick a mixed bunch like this very often, but individual colours have also made their way into other posies, providing long-lasting colour, and in the cutting beds the blooms will just keep on coming.
The stems were pushed into biodegradable foam in the central recess of this vintage vase, disguised by glass pebbles, and the jewelled colours of the zinnias are represented in a selection of semi-precious palm stones: amethyst, rose quartz, carnelian and ruby in zoisite.
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