First a report on last week’s vases: The alliums are now alone in a vase but still looking perfect, so definitely worth growing some specifically to pick, I think I’ll put them in pots, even try to force some a little by placing them in the greenhouse (has anyone tried that?). The sunflowers have remained very fresh, I’ve added a couple more of the small heads from the stem of the plant and changed the Cosmos which didn’t last as long as I thought they would in a vase, so I may not grow so many of these next year, the stems are also shorter than I was expecting.
So to today; I mentioned on Friday that I wanted to grow some Gladiolus ‘The Bride’ in the cutting bed next year, in the end I couldn’t resist cutting a few from the border today. Some had fallen over with some strong wind and rain we had so I felt justified that I wasn’t spoiling the display in the Large Island by taking them. I added some Verbena bonariensis and to begin I added a stem of Acanthus which is just opening its flowers, but I decided it was too heavy against the other delicate flowers so I removed it. I think to be honest that this vase is slightly too tall for the arrangement but I suddenly remembered I had this lovely cone-shaped glass vase in a wrought iron stand and wanted to use it. When the acanthus are in full flower I think 3 stems in this vase might just be perfect.
Thanks go to Cathy for hosting this challenging meme. Do join in, you’ll be surprised how great it is to have flowers in the house.