Last week Cathy at Rambling in the Garden sent out a challenge to create a Japanese style flower arrangement this week; I have to tell you I failed! I’m sorry Cathy but there are just too many flowers demanding to be picked to fill vase upon vase with home grown blooms. I will try in the future, I promise but for today restraint has not been my watchword.
Here are three of the vases I’ve put together for today’s post.
The effect is a little bottom heavy, but I had no more time to start again. I love how the rich colours play off each other.
Zinnia ‘Green Envy’, a green carnation and Phlox drummondii Creme Brulèe. I have to admit being a little disappointed by the Phlox, I thought it would be tall (it isn’t) and perfumed (which it’s not); it is also a difficult colour to mix with out flowers as it has a tendency to look dirty if mixed with the wrong colours.
Last week’s sunflowers were so large and heavy headed they only lasted a couple of days in the vase before their heads were so bent over they looked positively sad.
I have decided to leave the other couple of very large headed flowers to make seed (I like sunflower seeds in bread); I hope these slightly smaller varieties will last longer; I like seeing them jockeying for a place.
This year I grew sunflower: ‘Giant Single’, ‘Velvet Queen’, ‘Moon Walker’ and ‘Vanilla Ice’; I also grew Earthwalker which I particularly liked last year but from 2 sowings not one germinated.
As much as I like sunflowers in a vase, they take up quite a lot of space in the cut flower borders. I will have to assess how many blooms are produced over the season before deciding if I will include them again; it may be the case that I’ll grow them every other year rather than each year.
Do you grow sunflowers, if so, which ones do you grow?
With my thanks to Cathy as usual for hosting. Do visit to see how everybody else has responded to her challenge.