Monday is here again and it’s time to join Cathy’s challenge to fill a vase with flowers from our garden.
Here are a few views of the cuttings bed to show how it is developing.
I’ve been waiting a couple of weeks now for the buds on the Longiflorum Lilies White American to open. These bulbs were purchased in autumn 2009 and planted in the square terracotta pots that are now placed by the front door; now that the terrace is shaded throughout summer the lilies were not performing well lst year so early in spring they were removed and replaced by Fatsia japonica that thrives in the shade. I replanted the now many bulbs large and small into pots with the intention that they should be for cutting, even the quite small bulbs have produced one flower on the stem and the larger ones have several flower heads. These lilies are interesting in that the perfume isn’t present during the day but is deliciously sweet as soon as dusk arrives making them idea for planting where you might eat outside during the evening.
I wanted to add something to the lilies but I wasn’t sure what, as I walked around the garden I found the seed pods on some Hemerocallis and liked their form so I included those. The Knautia is growing really well in the cuttings bed so I decided to use lots of that to add airiness to the arrangement and contrast with the pure white of the lilies. After I had picked the Knautia I thought I’d just check on the progress of the Gladioli I planted early in the year. These bulbs were purchased from the local DIY store that has a few token bulbs usually displayed long after they should be in the ground; these however started growing soon after they were planted and today I discovered that one was just coming into flower and amazingly it was the same colour as the Knautia; it therefore became the focus of the arrangement.
Photographing the arrangement was again more difficult than finding the flowers, I first tried on the stairs indoors but it was too dark; I then tried a couple of places outside in some places it was too sunny in others there was too much extraneous detail. I need to play around more with the settings on the camera but as always I was short of time this morning.
Some of you were kind enough to ask me to show the arrangement made with the Cosmos and Regal lilies last week.
Do visit Cathy’s post to see what she and other participants have found in their gardens today.