Happy Anniversary to In a Vase on Monday! Cathy at Rambling in the garden started this meme as a prompt to herself to pick flowers from her garden to enjoy in the house. Who would have imagined that this meme more than any other would change us all fundamentally.
For me I had already decided to begin a cut flower bed for the following year, the bed had already been dug out by the greenhouse; now that one bed has grown into a whole separate area (the Secret Garden), that original bed and another which moves in rotation with the vegetable beds. Plus I now grow Tulips and other bulbs in pots just to pick. To say my cut flower beds have changed my life wouldn’t be an underestimate of how important these Monday vases have become.
Today’s ‘vase’ is a basket of Chrysanthemums with Leonotis leonurus. The basket is my old mushroom collecting basket and is quite large the size of the arrangement is roughly 1 x 1 metre. I did think of using Oasis for this arrangement but I actually really dislike using it now so decided to use one tallish vase inside a round shallow dish both filled with pebbles to support the flowers.
All the Chrysanthemums were grown from cuttings taken from pot plants purchased at this time of year. Last year I left the parent plants in the ground and they all survived the winter so this year I will take cuttings to overwinter in the greenhouse but I’ll hope that all the parent plants survive too so that I have some flexibility about where I’ll plant them all next year.
So it is with many, many good wishes I thank Cathy for being such a wonderful host to this meme and I’ll drink a toast to the next three years.
Do visit to see Cathy’s post today and why not join in with a vase of your own.