Today’s vase just fell into place, including the title! These antirrhinum were ripe for an airing today, picked from an unexpectedly overwintered plant that has grown into a sturdy and attractive plant. Sown last year, they didn’t do especially well then although I did get a few blooms but even these did not open fully. It makes me wonder if it would make sense to sow them in summer or autumn for flowering the following year to give them a chance to bulk up – has anybody else done this?
This variety is meant to be Liberty Classic Scarlet, although when it flowered last year I wasn’t convinced that it was correctly labelled, as it seemed more orange in tone than I expected and had a yellow throat. The name, however, whether correct or not, when paired with a stem of newly-flowering Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’, quickly generated the title and prop, with the Miss Scarlett card from our game of Cleudo ably contributing to the overall effect, as she plies her trade for a second time.
Having picked the blooms earlier in the day yesterday than I usually do, I plunged them into this enamelled jug for a number of hours as any good florist or IAVOM-er always does as a matter of course (ahem…!), and decided to use the same jug for the final display, using some glass pebbles to help the wayward thalictrum remain upright.
I always enjoy creating my vases each Monday and get immense pleasure from bringing blooms inside; everything coming together so quickly and easily brings an added glow, and so does the unexpected quality of the antirrhinum blooms themselves. I suspect other contributors feel much the same way, so what will be bringing you pleasure in your vases today? Please leave links to and from this post and share them with the rest of us.