In the week I was away from home enjoying the rain (I’m not being ironic) in Devon the weather has changed in Italy too.
No longer the intense heat of summer but now the pleasant warmth of early autumn AND it has rained! I have become so accustomed to having flowers in the house that my first thought was to pick some flowers for a vase; so these were picked on Saturday but not arranged until Sunday.Cathy at Rambling in the Garden doesn’t mind if we prepare our vases before Monday although that is when I usually do mine.
The star of the vase today is Dahlia Magenta Star. Its growth has been different this year; when I planted it three years ago as a tiny tuber purchased from Lidl in a mixed pack of summer bulbs I hardly expected it to grow it was so small but that first year it must have produced about 150 huge blooms; last year there were fewer flowers but they were still large. This year, maybe because the bed has more plants in it and I haven’t fed the soil or the plants or because the frost knocked back the first growth to emerge, there have been far fewer blooms and most have been smaller but suddenly now the plant is covered in blooms and they are the size I remember.
With all the rain some of my Sedum are flopping; one was covering another plant so I decided to cut it and add it to the vase.
The Sedum in my second vase were from cuttings taken last year. Yesterday I planted them into the border but thought it best to remove the heavy flower head.
Do visit Cathy at Rambling in the garden to see more autumn (or spring) vases.