Another Monday, another opportunity to share a vase with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, where she asks us to pick flowers from our own gardens or surrounding to bring into the house to enjoy.
As you may guess from the title one of my vases is white – white and green to be precise. those of you who follow me regularly will know I love vases of white flowers so that when I ordered my seeds last winter I tried to ensure that there would always be some white flowers to pick. There are other new colours to pick today but they will have to wait until later in the week and some will find their way into a bouquet for a friend who is celebrating a birthday.
I was able to photograph the vase outside with the dark green bay hedge in the background.
I also used some Asparagus fern as one of the greens.
Amaranthus caudatus ‘Viridis’ is a lovely thing, I’m hoping the plants will grow larger and produce masses of their intriguing long tassels.
I only had four seeds of Antirrhinum Giant White left in the packet from the previous year, all four germinated and grew into strong plants, I cut the first tall flowers almost to the base of the plant and already each plant has bushed out very well and their were lots of stems to cut for this vase.
Several of you have said that you find Ammi visnaga White heavy in comparison to Ami majus (below); here you can see the difference well and I agree it is heavier although I think it is worth growing both as they are actually very different. This is the first year of growing Ami visnager and I will grow it again, I’d like to include it in pots for the terrace next year too.
For my second vase I had to pick some of the masses of blue Larkspur that are being produced, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use them with but decided on more zinnias, this time Zinnia ‘Green Envy’ combined with Bells of Ireland (not growing as tall as I would like so I may not buy more seed), green carnations and gladiolus leaves.
In the centre the first flower of Didiscus ‘Blue Lace’; the plants are very small and spindly, I think due to the bad compost, maybe they will improve now that they are in the ground.
Thanks to Cathy for hosting, do visit to see what she has found for her vase today and many others who join from around the world.