With apologies to any ready who doesn’t know this old English song! I don’t really know it either, I’m too young!
Thinking about what to use in my vase this week for Cathy at Rambling in the garden, I thought I should use some of the single Dahlias I grew from seed especially for the cuttings bed. They have been flowering for a few weeks but apart from the white ones I have used any yet. However what really shouted to be picked were Aster ‘Monch’ which I moved to the cuttings bed so that they could have the water they require to flower for a long period, again these have had flowers for a few weeks but somehow didn’t fit with the other flowers I was picking; next to the Asters the airy sunflower continues to produce what is probably hundreds of blooms, they are all smallish now but that adds rather than detracts from their charm.
But man (and a vase even more so) can’t live on Daisy shaped flowers alone so I went to the Jacob’s ladder that Pauline (Lead Up the Garden Path) sent me, the pale flowers were just the right shade of blue to include. For something again of a slightly different form I chose a few stems of Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ – this is a plant that has thrived with more rain this summer, it will probably be a candidate for inclusion in the cuttings bed. This is becoming home to quite a few perennials so I may have to think about another bed for annuals next year, and so ideas grow!
After I picked the flowers, gave them a long drink and arranged them it began raining again so I had to take the images in the kitchen; the only place that has the correct light levels.
I wanted to experiment with the form of the arrangement; I wanted to create the effect of a hand tied bouquet but I don’t actually know how to do that so I’ll have to check YouTube when I have more time. If anyone would like to help me I would be very grateful. Anyway the bouquet is hand-tied and I think looks quite loose which is what I was aiming at today.
Do visit Cathy and see what others have picked from their gardens today.