My flowers for today’s In a vase on Monday post to link with Cathy at Rambling in the garden were arranged on Saturday for a pizza party I was hosting on Saturday evening.
These long hot days of summer encourage me to invite friends around to enjoy the evening on the terrace; pizza is not the easiest of foods to choose as they require a lot of last minute preparation and cooking but they are a very relaxed food and always seems to be everyone’s favourite!
The first vase is very similar to last week’s with dark Dahlias set off by chartreuse Euphorbia and Zinnia and contrast added with orange Zinnias and Dahlias. I was very lazy indeed and even used the same square section vase. I really must grow more plants of the green zinnias as they really add to almost any colour combination but are especially useful with the dark, moody colours.
I was asked last week for the names of my dark dahlias; they are a mix of D. Chat Noir and D. Arabian Night.
A larger vase was used for my second arrangement, which actually looks better in life than it does in my image, this maybe because I’ve not taken the photograph from what I now consider to be the front! Perhaps the heat was addling my brain.
More dahlias and zinnias; I don’t know what I’d do without them! I also tucked in some Amaranthus, Gomphrena and Achelea, which has the most pretty individual flowers when you look at them closely.
With my thanks to Cathy for hosting our vases each week and encouraging us to pick and enjoy flowers from our own gardens.
For another splash of colour here’s the tomato salad I served to accompany the pizza on Saturday, there are 12 different varieties here and surprisingly most of them do taste different from each other; my favourites are the small orange Sungold with taste like sweets, the large beefsteak orange and the Green Tiger which taste of citrus.
Have a lovely week.