Monday is the day to pick flowers from the garden and fill a vase and to join Cathy at Rambling in the garden for her weekly meme. Last week’s little glass bottles of flowers lasted very well; it was only yesterday that they began to look sad and past their best, proving to me that flowers last much better in a vase in water than when I use Oasis foam.
I noticed last week that Aster ‘Monte Cassino’ had begun to open its tiny white buds to produce a frothy mass of loveliness and was hoping there might be enough white flowers around to produce a purely white vase, but I don’t have enough white flowers to pick (note to self – must have more white flowers!), the Cosmos white sensation having turned to seed heads where I haven’t picked enough. Dead-heading is a job I haven’t been doing well enough and must improve on next year. So I’m afraid it’s back to old faithful in the form of Dahlia Magenta Star . The plant is falling over with the weight of all its stems and flowers and again is something I need to support very much better next year.
I used the rectangular glass vase with pebbles to support the flowers. I can’t say I find the pebbles particularly easy to use as support but I like the finished result as the pebbles are beautifully coloured and all different shapes so even the base of the vase has its own fascination.
I find the Dahlias quite visually heavy in this arrangement but the Asters didn’t make enough of an impact on their own. Do pop over to Cathy to see what flowers others have picked.