If it was too hot to think last Monday, today it is too hot to even think that? At 7.30 the sun was already burning down; luckily the flowers were picked yesterday so I do have vases to enjoy and share with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
When I checked the thermometer in the green house this morning it showed the high yesterday as 42°C; that’s with all the windows open and shade netting on the outside (but not the front). This year is certainly proving to be one of extremes – a very cold dry winter followed by no spring at all, then, wham! just as Chelsea flower flower took place it became summer here.
The heat combined with water from the irrigation means that everything in the cut flower beds is growing quickly. This week as you can see I have various Dahlias taking centre stage.
I used my medium sized rectangular vase for this week’s arrangement, using masses of a short white Dahlia that often gets forgotten but that forms the basis of this vase. I then added the larger blooms (but not longer stems of other Dahlias that are flowering now; the very dark ones are so dark they suck out the light and become almost invisible.
There are still lots of Larkspur so they were also added for vertical accents.
If this is the Orlaya I definitely like its form more than either of the Ami’s; I will grow more if the seed will germinate in the extreme heat.
I didn’t sow any Cosmos this year and the early self-seeders were killed by the late frost but there was plenty more seed in the ground so there is a large parch of them; much stronger plants than when I sow them.
I love Alstroemerias and am very disappointed that I failed to buy more plants as I had intended but the nursery wasn’t as helpful as I’d been told and they failed to respond to my emails. This short (no ID) variety has been in the cutting beds since the beginning and produce a good amount of flowers which usually last very well in a vase.
Do visit Cathy to see what she has fund in her garden today and vases from around the world.