Monday is here again so it is time to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden where she asks us to pick flowers from our gardens to enjoy inside our homes. Do think about joining in even if you’ve always thought you didn’t want to raid the garden, I used to feel like that but now I realise that enjoying them inside is also a way of appreciating them even more.
When I was wandering around the garden last week I imagined that the American lilies in pots rescued from the shade under the terrace and now ear-marked for cutting would be flowering and ready to cut, but although there are a couple open on a couple of stems they will wait another week!
This morning what shouted that they wanted to be the stars today were the secondary flowers on the Van Gogh sunflowers; the blue vase was the obvious choice (almost as good as Daffodils!) placed next to the blue papier mâché plate that you’ve seen before. One yellow Gerbera also found its way into the arrangement but I didn’t want to add the others as the colours detracted too much from the sunflowers.
The sunflowers were sown on 1st February, they germinated in four days and were planted out on 19th March; in a normal winter this would be too early as we can still have frosts in March, but it has meant that I have them early this year. I’m thinking of making a third sowing to continue the season into autumn.
There were some Lilum regale ‘Album’ (also in a pot for cutting) and lots of Cosmos Sensation all from one plant so it will be interesting to see if the other plants are different shades of pink when they open. I added them to the Teucrium from last week’s vase along with some pink cornflowers from a mixed packet of seeds to attract pollinators bought in Lidl of all places and sown direct on 2nd April.
BTW, the vase from two weeks ago remained looking fresh for two weeks, I replaced the Gerberas with others, the rest of the flowers were fine.
Thanks to Cathy for hosting, do pop over to see what others have found to cut in their gardens today.