I had no idea what was going to be in the vase today as I have been away since Friday celebrating my birthday on the Massa Lubrense peninsula (not far from Sorrento and Positano).
It had rained very heavily while we were away with thunder storms I imagine as the power to some parts of the house had gone off because a fuse had blown; something that seems a regular occurrence here in Italy; but I digress.
Cathy over at Rambling in the garden challenges us each week to find flowers to pick from our own gardens to enjoy in our homes. Before I even went outside I had decided to just produce one vase today and so to just pick flowers in a colour range that would work together.
There was an abundance of Tithonia, deadheading or picking the flowers of this plant certainly pays dividends as there are masses more flowers to come. So orange was yet again my starting point; I noticed that the Leonotis leonurus were at last producing lots of colour, I picked 7 long stems several of which had more than one flower stem coming off the main stem, so all of you that told me that this was a late flowering plant were absolutely correct, thank you for telling me as I might have been tempted to just pull them out.
There were also more sunflowers I cut two long stems from one plant with many flower heads, sadly I don’t know which variety this wonderfully prolific sunflower is as it came from a pack of mixed varieties of sunflowers called Van Gogh, a packet of seed which was a gift from an American friend so I don’t know if this is a recognised selection or just the name given by an individual seed company, however if any of my American readers ever see this pack, do buy it, it has proved to have the best sunflowers I’ve ever grown included in the mix.
I should have called this post that and used props of the fabulous lemons I was given from Sorrento!
Apart from a large stem of fern Asparagus that is all that’s included.
I choose a large vase to balance the arrangement, the blue, beige and burnt orange colour of the vase definitely enhance the colours of the flowers. This is a large arrangement. The vase is 40 cm high and with the flowers it is 110 cm high and 90 cm wide.
Do visit Cathy to see what she and other addicts of this meme have picked for their vases today.
Have a great week, Christina