I’ve been looking back at some of my earlier posts for Cathy’s inspirational meme “In a vase on Monday” and see that last year I was putting roses in vases in December, while I have roses this year I seem to be more reluctant to pick them than last year, that maybe due to the advent of the cutting bed making me want to pick flowers from there if I can.
I didn’t begin the cutting bed because of this meme, I had been planning the bed for a while but the meme has meant that I kept picking and trying to hone my skills at arranging the flowers. I’m sure without the meme there would have been some days, that might have become weeks, when I wouldn’t have done a vase. Too much to do, wet weather (its pouring again today and I made sure I picked the flowers before the rain started in earnest), or something would probably have stopped this becoming a fixed habit. So a big thank you goes to you, Cathy, I really appreciate that you have posted every week without fail, even when you’ve been far from home.
Last week’s vase was my most successful in terms of how long it has lasted, still going strong today, you can see it with the new arrangement below.
I’ve used more Chrysanthemums; the larger ones again in some Campari bottles this time placed inside another container with other flowers included. The Antirrhinums needed more time to grow than they had (they needed staking too – but I’ve talked about that failing before; but today there were a few stems worth picking some white and pale yellow. I have already sown and pricked out seeds for next year, I just hope they don’t grow too quickly or the greenhouse will be stuffed full of plants all jostling for light.
I included Knautia in my first vase for Cathy so it is fitting it is included again here.I also picked some Zinnias and Cosmos which made a second vase for the kitchen, I’m not pleased with the photographs but the vase itself is pleasing.
Do visit Cathy’s post today; she has a special post for this one year anniversary. Why not join in and make it even more special for her!