In a vase on Monday – Spoilt for choice!

Monday arrives again and it is time to join Cathy at Rambling in the garden, where she asks us to fill a vase with material from our own gardens.

I have been amazed at just how much material I have been able to grow in my new cuttings bed; today there was enough to fill the whole house with flowers but rather than confuse I will show you just one of the vases I filled today.

At the end of last week I was almost sure I would produce a pink vase today but when I went outside to pick today there were far too many white blooms to ignore, therefore today’s vase is a summery delight of pink and white.

The composition on a glass top table near the dining table

The composition on a glass top table near the dining table

The White Gladioli are planted in the ground left empty when some of the Leylandii were removed; the soil is very poor but as bulbs receive their sustenance from their own bulb during the first year this doesn’t seem to have had an adverse effect on the flowers.  I found some white Freesias blooming a long time after when they should have flowered but they were in a colour co-ordinated pack of mixed bulbs from Lidl which says a lot about the bulbs desire to flower!

I picked a couple of extra of the white Dahlia to put in my little Campari soda bottles to add a little extra interest to the design.

White Gladioli, I like the elegance of white

White Gladioli, I like the elegance of white

Gladioli form the backdrop to the display; I may need to cut them down as their flowers open up the stems creating a gap between them and the rest of the flowers.

I like the different forms of the flowers today

I like the different forms of the flowers today

Another pink/lilac Dahlia forms the central focal point (why did I never realise what useful plants these are for inside the house, I still can’t quite picture them in my borders).

White Dahlia with stocks and Cosmos Pink Sensation

White Dahlia with stocks and Cosmos Pink Sensation

The wind is blowing crazily outside so I’m afraid the images were taken inside so aren’t of the best quality but those with flash rather distort the colours.

Do visit Cathy to see what others have found in their gardens today.  Thanks for hosting Cathy.

26 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Spoilt for choice!

  1. Oh my this is a stunning image with those white glads as an anchor. I am looking at so many blooms in my garden just begging to be cut and placed in a vase. Foliage too that doesn’t want me to ignore it and wants to be part of the show. 🙂

    • The gladioli don’t need a lot of care or water so the back of a border could be an option as long as they get enough sun. I love the dwarf white gladioli too and they take even less space.

  2. Oh Christina, what a good idea to have the selection of glasses and bottles – that’s an idea I might borrow one of these days if I may 😉 Those dahlias are really doing you proud, aren’t they – and take on a different function altogether growing in a cutting bed. I must admit I planted out two of last year’s ‘awful’ dahlia attempts into one of my cutting beds rather than throw them out, as I though there may be an odd useful flower or two. And the gladioli have done well for you too – I need to be looking at my Peter Nyssen catalogue soon, so perhaps… The stocks and cosmos really pull it all together, don’t they – all very lovely 🙂

    • The idea of the bottles came from reading other peoples posts, I didn’t have any little vases for single small stems and then thought of the iconic shape of these bottles, so saved lots of them, one day I might do a table arrangement to a dinner party where everyone has their own flower in a bottle. I felt the arrangement needed something at the base the balance the height of the gladioli. Yes THE catalogue has arrived here too, I already made a list in spring but I always have to reduce the order a bit as it is so easy to get carried away.

  3. Beautiful, Christina! I know what you mean about Dahlias – some are so formal in appearance and others, like the cactus varieties, tend to look a little off. I almost threw out my first cactus-flowered Dahlia when it appeared because it looked sickly to me until it was in full bloom. I’m still not convinced that they’re worth the effort, though. Here, they seem to attract mildew if there’s the slightest bit of moisture in the air and, so close to the coast, that’s always the case.

    • Dahlias seem to grow well here; I’ll have to see if all the rain has cause any problems but so far they have been no trouble at all; but I really wouldn’t want them in the border!

  4. Very pretty Christina, and with a cooling effect! Those dahlias are ideal for vases, and the gladioli too. The gladioli in our flower fields should start blooming soon, but the colours can be quite brash.

    • I’m amazed at how easy the dahlias have been to grow. I had Bishop of Dover (I need to check to be sure) in a border and I liked the combination with the dark foliage; I’ve moved one of the plants which actually yeilded about 6 plants to the cuttings bed, they’ll be ready soon.

  5. Dahlias seem to slip in and out of style, but I always love them and find their presence in a crowded mixed border quite pleasing. Sadly, they often seem to be grown all together in a bed for a “fruit salad” sort of look. Your little sattelite bottles add a delightful element to your composition.

    • I think the problem with Dahlias for me has been that I’ve only seen them grown badly – on allotments for competition so only one huge flower or regimented and tied to all too obvious stakes! Both the ones I have are producing masses for flowers so certainly ideal for cutting an with irrigation would maybe work in a border.

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