Every Monday morning sees me out in the garden selecting flowers to cut for a vase for Cathy’s meme In a vase on Monday. Yesterday I wrote about the cuttings garden and asked you what you thought I would pick today; no one was brave enough to try to guess.
I thought it would be quite obvious as only one plant was flowering that hasn’t been seen in a vase so far this year for the very reason that the blooms have only just opened, have you guessed now?
Yes that’s correct, Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus). Last year I used them in lots of tiny vases and bottles when I hosted the gardening group’s annual lunch here at My Hesperides garden, you can see how they looked here.
This year I picked long, long stems, some about as tall as me, 1.73 m (5 foot 8.5 inches). Although I did cut them shorter for the vase.
This meant I had to use my largest vase, the rectangular one I used last week for the Leonotis leonurus. This week I used rosemary in the front of the vase, trimming it exactly to the height of the vase to hide the stems; the water level is the height of the stones so I’ll need to keep topping it up regularly this week.
I did remove the foliage from the base of the rosemary as the oils soon pollute the water.
Such jolly flowers!
Even the spent blooms are attractive so I didn’t remove them from the stems; this stem had escaped from the support netting and was laying on the ground with the flowering stems curved up to the light; in this case the curved stems worked well at the side of the design helping to make the arrangement feel natural and not stiff; this is an unexpected bonus from growing flowers to cut; the shop-bought ones often appear too stiff and detract from the beauty of the flowers, I think.
Both last week’s vases make it through until this morning so both proving to be longer lasting than I would have expected.
Do visit Cathy to see what creation she’s come up with today, the title is intriguing.
Why this week’s title? Well this has to be the tallest vase so far – 1.2 x 1.3 metres, it makes quite a statement. Have a lovely gardening week.