Having been away for most of the week (I was taken to the Amalfi coast for my birthday) I returned on Saturday keen to see what flowers had been left standing after a deluge of rain last Monday and strong north winds on Tuesday. A lot of the Cosmos, which has grown very tall (mostly all over 6 foot 1.8 m) had been knocked over but some judicious but rather late staking meant that there were flowers to pick. The Dahlia continues to pump out blooms so it would seem churlish not to continue to include them in my vases. The diverse range of colours made me want to create two arrangements. The first with Dahlia Magenta star is again in the basket covered dish using the same piece of Oasis, trimmed down a little but still providing enough support for the arrangement. I wanted to include some foliage which I seen not to have used in the past and also attempt something asymmetrical which I haven’t quite achieved.
I included the silver foliage of Artemisia ludoviciana Valerie Finnis and Micromerie fruticosa; the latter added some airy accents and are foliage is also aromatic.
The second vase mixes sunflowers, Asters and more foliage than usual. The foliage gives the arrangement a more naturalistic feel, so is something I will persevere with in future vases.
In the right foreground (above) you can see the deep burgundy flowers in a tight head, can you guess what they are?
Do visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for more vases from her and the many others who are now regularly joining in this meme where we asked to fill a vase with flowers from our own garden. Thanks Cathy!