There is an embarrassment of flowers to cut at the moment, maybe there are too many cut flowers beds; but to have enough of the colours I want and the variations through the season could I have less? I’ll continue this theme when I very belatedly get around to writing my cut flower beds review later this week, but for today let me show you what I chose to share in Cathy’s ‘In a vase on Monday’ meme.
First a vase of jolly sunflowers, huge heads that can barely hold their heads up. One must have been at least 8 feet tall when I cut it. they have certainly loved the rain and now the warmth!
The sunflowers have been in the kitchen for a couple of days now and are dropping pollen but I think that rather adds to their charm.
Despite being called Giant Single, now that I’ve cut the main stem with the flower, secondary, smaller flowers are forming; they will probably be easier to use in a vase.
Today’s vase is again different than I envisaged when I was thinking about what I wanted to do today.
The Gladioli are flowering all at the same time; I can’t do anything about those that I leave in the ground over winter but if I plant any new ones next year I will store them in a cool place and plant them later to have some to use later in the season.
The intensely hot colours of the scarlet Gladioli, Zinnia and Cosmos Polidor are joined by the intense blue of Larkspur.
I picked about 30 stems of larkspur, I’m amazed that the tiny plants have grown and produced so many flowering stems in such a short time; they don’t last very long in a vase or in the garden for that matter but very few other flowers are as blue so I will continue to grow them. Obviously I didn’t use them all in this vase so there will be a repeat of the the white and blue vase of last week with more blue this time. I’ll show you in the cut flower bed post.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting, do visit to see what everyone has found now that we have reached summer.