Cathy at Rambling in the garden asks us to share a vase of flowers cut from our own gardens every Monday; it is always a pleasure to join her and many others for who this has become a ritual at the beginning of the week.
Either the cold winter or, more likely, the wet spring have pushed the dahlias both new and existing to form huge plants covered in buds. I certainly don’t remember being as bushy as this last year, even later into the season.
The challenge is going to be to create different styles of arrangements each week with very similar material.
Walking around the garden I noticed that the Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora) was covered in light, airy, white flowers which I thought would make a good backdrop to the heavier white dahlias. I picked one branch and placed it intact into my favourite silver vase.
The flowers are tiny, above they are shown macro and so seem much larger than they truly are.
Some of the Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ have come up white, not a problem as both are useful. For some perfume there are a few white Dianthus; these refuse to stand up in the garden and sprawl rather untidily over the gravel so I had no qualms about picking them.
I cut the dahlias back to the next flowers buds so the stems aren’t longer than about 8 inches; I usually cut to have much longer stems sometimes sacrificing two or three pairs of new flowering stems so that I can have the long stems that I like to use in taller arrangements.
As a small posy for the kitchen I picked a couple of stems of Alstroemeria that I bought locally last year. I’m still having no luck at all getting any specialist nursery in the OK to respond to emails about delivering to Italy. I’d love to hear any recommendations you might have. A new dahlia this year is the perfect compliment to the colour of the unnamed Altstroemeria. I also added one stem of a warm orange dahlia that I grew from seed last year.
What will you find for your vase today?