May day falls on a Monday this year (in Italy holidays are always on the actual day not a close-by Monday as in the UK. But although it is a holiday I am busy trying to plant out as much as possible now that the sub-zero nighttime temperatures seem to have passed. I have known for a few days what would be the predominant flower in my vase today.
Antirrhinums (last year’s sowing and planted last spring) are the only flower in the cutting beds at the moment with a few larkspur that will be ready in a few days after I picked a huge quantity for last week’s vase.
Sixteen stems of pink Antirrhinums are joined my three bearded Iris, one is pink and as I have no ID for it it will be Raspberry Ripple as it was described by Eliza when I showed it the other day.
For foliage I used a flowering stem of Cotinus Royal Purple.
I added a frill of silver Senecio to add balance to the composition.
With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who gallantly carried tulips to her mother’s house in Edinburgh for her vase today.
I hope you have a lovely May Day and that it is sunny and warm as it is here in Italy today.