The UK is in the throes of what some might describe as ‘a heatwave’, with temperatures here in the Midlands in the high 20s yesterday, nudging 30°C, with much the same for the next two days, or even hotter; the south east of the country, however, has already seen temperatures in the low 30s. The weather forecast certainly suggests no rain in the next fortnight and I found myself thinking back to 1976 when a heatwave began at the end of June and continued till September… 🙄Let’s cool ourselves down with a monochrome white vase instead, to take our minds off the heat!
Today’s vase celebrates as many white blooms as I could find, mostly in the cutting beds. We have Dahlia ‘White Onesta’ and Twyning’s After Eight’, white clary sage, a white annual scabious whose name evades me, white helichrysum and a few sweet peas from the cutting beds, together with the white version of Lychnis coronaria and Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’ from the blue & white border. Following the success of Clematis ‘Arabella’ in last week’s vase, I have added C ‘John Huxtable’ to the white mix, along with a single hosta bloom and some feathery astilbe.
The heavy green glass globe vase is one that used to live in the ‘back sitting room’ but was removed for safe keeping when Grannie days began over three years ago, and I am pleased to make its acquaintance again: it seemed the perfect choice for setting off the cool whites and hints of green foliage. I wasn’t sure how well they would stand up in the vase without using any support, so I gathered them up into a rough posy and tied them together with string, splaying the stems out, and this seemed to work. I feel cooler just looking at it!
If you can manage a few minutes to gather some material from your garden before the heat kicks in (or are experiencing something a little more temperate!), then please share them with us on IAMOV by leaving the usual links to and from this post.