During the week I have been watching another sunflower prepare itself for flowering; I hoped it would open for today so that I could use more flowers from the cuttings garden for the ‘in a vase on Monday’ post.
Last evening I saw that two of the large flowers were open which meant they could be the centre of my arrangement. I don’t think many flowers actually look very good with the large sunflowers (the secondary ones growing up the stems will be more useful). The cat’s tail flowers of Teucrium hyrcanicum seemed the only option, despite the fact that I used them in my vase last week. The sunflowers are again from the Van Gogh mixture therefore I don’t know its name, the flower is very double almost more like a Dahlia or a Chrysanthemum.
This morning when I was picking the sunflowers I noticed that the first pink flower had appeared on the Cosmos so I just had to pick that for another vase. But I wasn’t sure if I had much else that was suitable so wandered around the garden waiting to be inspired – I opted for darker colours to complement the pale pink Cosmos including Knautia which is growing and flowering extremely well in the cutting bed plus Verbena bonariensis, more Teucrium hyrcanicum, a couple of stems of pink Penstemon and dark claret Achillea. The colours together all looked a little dead, not helped by the brown basket I had decided to arrange them in; with hindsight a more delicate vase may have worked better but I didn’t want to fuss about any longer so opted to add a bright fuchsia pink Gerbera.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this challenge, which encourages us to fill a vase with flowers every Monday from our own gardens. Take a look at some of the other inspiring vases this week, linked in on her site.