Monday has become one of my favourite days of the week since I began joining with Cathy at Rambling in the garden where she asks us to create a vase to enjoy in the house from flowers picked in our own gardens.
It is still very hot so I was up at 5.30am to be able to work a little outside and in before it became too hot. This is even more necessary on Mondays as it is important to pick flowers before the sun is on them and they begin wilting. I cut and place them immediately into buckets of water; sadly the myth of walking around with a beautiful trug of flowers would mean that the flowers were dead before they reached the relative cool of the house.
The purple dahlia, bought last year in a mixed bag of bulbs from Lidl for next to nothing, is again spectacular this year. The first stems were picked in June while I was away and some others have been cut and thrown onto the compost heap but this week D. Magenta Star is the true star of my vases.
I chose the large carafe style vase I bought last year and, because I had picked so many flowers, I also filled the smaller carafe too.
The vases needed to be photographed inside and therefore with flash as the large one was much too heavy to move. I also arranged the vase where it was to be placed for the same reason.
As you can see I have used some of the Ami after they have finished flowering and have formed the characteristic ball.
Materials used: Dahlia Magenta Star, D Snowflake, D. Aspen, D. Bishop family, Cosmos Purity, Cosmos Dark shades, Antirrhinum Giant white, a crimson flowered Antirrhinum from a mixed pack of seeds and Ami majus; there are also a couple of crimson zinnias.
Do visit Cathy to see her Calm and Serene vase this week, I think it is one of my favourites.