On a Monday morning with a storm raging outside I’m glad I picked my flowers from the garden yesterday to arrange and join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden where she asks us to share some cut flowers from our own gardens.
This weekly challenge has become such an important part of many of our lives so if you haven’t joined yet, why not begin today!
There were showers several days last week and this week is forecast to be the same; I’m very much hoping it will be dry next weekend as the olives are ready to be harvested – but I digress.
I have been looking for another silver vase for a while; a couple of weeks ago while I was waiting for a friend to meet me for an aperitivo I looked around a shop I hadn’t visited before and was very pleased to find that they had a large selection of vases including this one which is glass painted with mirroring silver giving a slightly antique finish to the vase. The top of the vase is quite narrow and I don’t think I have arranged these flowers particularly well but I’m sure it will be a vase I will use many times in the future.
I really haven’t picked enough of the Cosmos I planted this year; I have tended to use Zinnias much more; it is very evident that I haven’t even dead headed each week as shown by the huge number of seedlings that have germinated under the parent plants and in the gravel path.
Sorry about the very artificial light but the heavy rain is making it very dark indoors, in the image below the colours are more natural.
Last year I found that the self seeded Cosmos grew much better and stronger than the seeds I had sown; many of you suggested I sow into modules rather than trays and this certainly made a different to the plants but the self sown ones were still better. Next year I will direct sow or I may not even need to sow if some seeds germinate naturally!
Thanks to Cathy for hosting; I do hope you’ll visit to see vases from around the world, I’m finding it inspiring to see the spring flowers in New Zealand and makes the prospect of planting up all the bulbs I ordered a less daunting prospect.
Have a lovely week.