Monday is here again and it is time to rise to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden challenge to pick flowers from our own gardens to enjoy in our homes.
Again this week there are masses of flowering in the cut flower beds screaming to be picked. There is a fine balance between having enough flowers in suitable colours to fill a vase and having so many that some will end up on the compost heap. Perhaps this is another good reason to make the cut flower beds in the secret garden the place see flowers when little else is in flower in the garden.
Again this week I have three vases for you.
It is a shame that this is too large and heavy to move into natural light to be photographed but at 110 cm x 110 cm it would be impossible to move; I admire florists who can make and then transport large arrangements without dame to the flowers.
the main component of the vase is actually tall stems of Cleome spinosa ‘Violet Queen’. After nearly deciding that they weren’t worth growing they are now producing huge long stems of flowers. Interestingly seed pods are already forming lower down the stems which may actually be quite good in a vase even without the flowers.
At least this vase is a manageable size to be carried outside so you can see the colours of the flowers more naturally.
From the mixed pack of Antirrhinum seed some nice pinks have grown; although I like having some named varieties it is also good to have some surprises to add interest to the colour themes I planned for.
Do visit Cathy to see what others have found for their vases this week; it is always a pleasure to see what is chosen and how it is arranged.
Have a good week.