Monday is the day when Cathy from Rambling in the garden asks us all to join her in picking flowers from our own gardens and plonking or arranging them in a vase to enjoy during the week in our homes.
Again there were a lot of flowers to pick and to be honest a lot of spent blooms that needed dead-heading, I really do need to do this job every couple of days as this morning I cut off more dead blooms than fresh ones from the Cosmos (all kinds). There is an interesting balance between having enough of any one kind of flower to be able to produce the kind of vase I want and having so many flowers that they aren’t picked at all; I do enjoy them in the garden though as not much else is flowering in the heat.
The blooms on the sunflowers are much smaller now but that makes them easier to arrange. I used the same slender conical vase as last week, so pretty much the same as last week.
The Zinnias go from strength to strength, with more plants producing flowers, some in slightly different colours. My main vase this week has masses of foliage from the lemon basil which fortunately self-seeded in the bed it had been planted in last year; I say fortunately as this year’s seedlings were grazed by an unknown ‘something’ in the greenhouse early on and I didn’t have any more seed; I rather suspect it was a locust I found in the greenhouse but it could just have easily been less exotic snails. I was pleased to find flowers on the Alstroemerias that I bought in a pot last year, they weren’t as tall as I would like but the fact that they survived the winter outside with no protection encourages me to but some more to plant out. I did remember that you are supposed to pull the stems from the ground to encourage new stems, the bonus of doing this means that at least they are as long as possible.
Having such an abundance of flowers I put together a very quick hand-tied bouquet for a friend that I’m going to have tea with this afternoon, and yes contrary to popular opinion many Italians like tea, more than I do to tell the truth!
As you will have noticed there were also a lot of orange Cosmos; this week I decided to use them for my kitchen vase, very simply a blue vase with flower stems of Lemon Basil.
What can you find in your garden to pick today? Thanks you Cathy for hosting; love your blooms today.