After a week away in warm sunshine I expected that there would be more flowering in the garden on my return home; but no, it has been cold with temperatures hovering around zero centigrade at night and a cold north wind blowing during the day keeping the temperature in single figures for most of the week.
Some of the Ami majus is from the greenhouse and some from plants I planted out into the cut flower bed to test their hardiness. Acanthus leaves are from the small vases of a few weeks ago so it is good to know they last so well as cut foliage.
These purple irises are the same as I used a few weeks ago, they are shorter than all the other bearded iris and the beard isn’t very pronounced; I had thought they were more or less species Iris as they had been given to me so I don’t really know what they are. They haven’t flowered early in this way before so I am still unsure of what they are exactly but it is nice to have some large irises for a vase so I’m not complaining.
Also included are some larkspur that are flowering in the greenhouse, the seeds sown too early, but I have already planted a few outside and they seem happy enough so I may plant the rest out to slow them down. The seed was sown in October, I think a January sowing would be better.
Finally I added three stems of Antirrhinum which have been in the bed since last year, these have had buds for months but the cold weather has stopped them from actually opening, maybe inside the house they will actually open!
With many thanks to Cathy for hosting ‘In a vase on Monday’ where she challenges us to find flowers or anything else worthy of being placed in a vase. Do visit her to see her clever arrangement and what others have found in their gardens today.