I am back home again after a week escaping to the cool of the mountains to stay with friends in Rovereto and Asiago. The garden is now in drought survival mode, the only flowers are those in the cut flower beds where there is irrigation! I know that it has been hot in the UK but you need to add 5 to 8″C to that temperature to have any idea of the heat here. We did have a thunderstorm with a good amount of rain on Saturday afternoon so the situation is not as bad as last year, just think of the poor gardeners in Spain where it has been 45″C this weekend.
There were flowers to pick when I came home so I am able to join Cathy at Rambling in the garden for this special meme.
I have arranged only one vase so far, the rest of the flowers will be arranged when I have a spare few moments later today, I will share the other vases later in the week, hopefully.
Not an original colour combination but one that works and I enjoy in the sitting room on the mantel shelf.
Dark maroon and orange dahlias, Lime green and orange Zinnias, Euphorbia Golden Foam and Amaranthus Viridis, plus a few stems of Nicotiana Lime Green and orange and red Crocosmia in a square based vase.
Before I left for my holiday in the UK at the beginning of July I cut back all the plants drastically. The are now all flowering but I think I may have reduced the vigour of some of them, hopefully with some food this week they will regain their growth pattern and all flourish into the autmn.
The two hand tied bouquets, below, were for the birthday of a very dear friend on 26th July.
With my thanks to Cathy, do visit her to see what others around the world have found for their vases today.