The flowers in the cuttings garden have been so plentiful in this past week; I could have filled a house with vases! While I was away all the lilies flowers and finished so there will be no vases full of their perfume this year which is sad. Some of the gladioli are also finished; some I was able to give to a friend and others were used for a religious ceremony, a few I used today and the rest I will try to use during this week, they won’t last until next Monday when I will again join with Cathy from Rambling in the garden for her weekly meme. This week I have two very different vases; one cool and elegant with just white flowers the other couldn’t be more colourful.
All the dahlias I planted this year were white, and I have included most in my large bowl; one of those I planted is very short and although is a pleasant enough form it doesn’t fit with the others so I will remove it in autumn, hopefully I can find a new home for it with friends.
White Antirrhinums are such a fabulous flowers, I will definitely be growing more of these next year; the flowers I picked today came from just two plants that had been cut down almost to the ground before I went on holiday so that these blooms are shorter than the original stems but still strong and long enough to form an edging to the bowl today.
I rescued the last of the white gladioli, these have a very faint purple centre so would work well with the purples and pinks of other flowers but for this vase it is their form as much as the colour that I wanted.
White Cosmos never last all that long in a vase but I still like their pure whiteness especially when used with other white flowers. The only ‘white’ that to my eyes looks slightly grey is the Ami majus.
Zinnias are all that was needed for the vibrant vase; I am newly in love with zinnias, I’m not sure how they can have escaped my notice before. But I suppose that I’ve never really been interested in annuals before for the garden. I will be searching out other cultivars but I am more than happy with the rich hues from this cheap mixed pack of seeds from a local DIY store. The more special green flowered zinnias from Sarah Raven produced very weak plants that mostly died before being planted out.
Do visit Cathy to see what she and others have found in their gardens today, or better still why not join in, but I warn you this is the most addictive meme there is!