Today is miserable, with rain and dark skies; I had to dodge the showers to pick flowers for today’s vase. I had intended to include a hand tied bunch of flowers I gave to a friend yesterday who had invited us for a wonderful meal of food from her homeland of Cyprus. But the rushed photographs looked a complete mess even though I was quite happy with the bouquet itself. The Zinnia I included had come from my friend so it seemed fitting that she should have the last one in her bouquet.
Last week I went to the shop where I buy seeds and sometimes plug plants and saw that that were doing a two for one offer on their way ‘past it’ Chrysanthemums; having already seen that their vase life was double that of any other flower I had grown I thought it was worth buying a couple of pots just to take cuttings and have stock plants for next year. They are a plant that is ONLY available to buy around the time of All Saint’s Day and those that you can buy have been forced so that they produce short stems and that won’t blog the pot over when it is placed on a grave. I am assuming that when they are grown in the garden they will revert to a more natural form and that the flowers will be produced over a slightly longer period. In the end the guy didn’t charge me for the two plants I had chosen, I think he felt embarrassed that he was selling them at all.
I now have three white Chrysanthemums of differing flower size and one with deep apricot coloured, medium sized flowers. The cuttings I took from my first bargain buy are already growing.
I wanted to use the last of the orange Cosmos from the cuttings bed, which is now looking very sad and empty.
The vases were made by a very creative friend who was for a time, making some interesting ceramics. They are just the right mix of very bright colours to complement the flowers and cheer up a very dismal day.
So another year of vases for Cathy’s meme In a vase on Monday has begun. Thank you Cathy for hosting and inspiring us all to enjoy our blooms inside as well as outside in the garden. Do go to see Cathy’s very sophisticated vase and better still see what you have growing that you could cut and bring indoors and join in.