I’m pleased to report that there has been rain! The garden is relieved and I am beginning to be able to think again as the temperatures dropped over the weekend by 10°C. It is back to hot during the day but now at least early mornings, evenings and at night are positively fresh. Tomorrow is Ferragosto, the Italian ‘unofficial’ end of summer! Now onto the flowers.
Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who is our hostess for this incredibly popular meme has used Dahlias in her vase today and they form the major part of my arrangement too.
I made this arrangement on Friday as I was giving a small dinner party and wanted some impressive flowers for the sideboard. I have used the same vase of the last couple of weeks but this arrangement is even larger than the others; measuring approx. 1 metre tall by 1.5 metres wide.
Looking at my images (but not apparent to me while putting the vase together) I can see I needed some of the Perovskia and Cosmos in the front of the vase.
This is one of the lovely things about creating a vase every week; I have more opportunity to learn what creating an attractive arrangement entails.
Even though the temperatures have dropped, I need to add more water to the vase each day. In the days when temperatures were approaching 40°C the flowers’s vase life was significantly shorter than in early summer. Sometimes only looking good for 3 days. This arrangement, put together on Friday morning is still looking pristine so I’m hopeful of at least another couple of days.
I didn’t sow any Cosmos this year, but there is a huge patch of self-seeded plants which are much stronger plants than my seedlings usually produce; they are about a metre and a half high or perhaps a little more but so far they aren’t producing as many flowers as I would expect.
Do visit Cathy to see how she decided to arrange her Dahlias. They will be links to lots of other vases too.