For the last couple of days I was sure that today’s vase for Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s meme would contain the deeply magenta Gladioli which have been opening for more than a week; in fact I picked them before really considering anything else partly because they will not last many more days and also because they were planted especially to be picked.
However another Dahlia from my Lidl collection (!) was perfect this morning. How this meme is changing my views and preferences. I never used to like these big double blousy dahlias but for cutting, given the fact that I have had to do nothing to produce such a perfect bloom on a long stem, I am changing my mind; there are also many secondary blooms as the white ones in the base of the arrangement.
The white gladiolus is only just opening so it should improve during the week.
I added in a few stems of Cosmos Purity and some stocks; leaves of Cannas remaining from last week’s vase plus some extras were used for the foliage interest. I used the same large bowl as last week with the same oasis with chicken wire over it for support.
I added the last of the lilies including 3 stems of a different lily again from a mixed colour themed mix from Lydl. Why didn’t I know about their plants before; the quality seems better than any bulbs I’ve ever bought here and at a price that seemed a mistake!
The sunflowers are still going strong and I have yet another blue vase of the friendly flowers in the kitchen. Thank you Cathy for hosting this meme where we try to fill a vase from own gardens or surrounding area. Do visit her post to see what others have come up with this week.