In a vase on Monday – Pink and White

When I was picking the flowers for today’s vase, I thought I would probably make two arrangements, one pink and one white but once I started putting the stems in the vase I decided that I would prefer one larger arrangement so mixed the two colours together.  It is often a surprise what goes into a vase to join with Cathy at Rambling in the garden for this addictive meme.

The pink Zinnias came from a mixed pack of seeds; I like the purity of their tone and am pleased that they are different to any I have grown in past years.

Pink Zinnia

This is the first year I’ve grown Gomphrena hageana QSI mixed; germination wasn’t great so there aren’t many plants but I love their intense pink blobby form and will certainly try to grow them again.  The white form seem to be much tougher plants and I feel sure I will always want to find space for them in the cut flower beds.

In a vase on Monday

Large white Dahlia from a mixed pack. The white in the pack should be Snow Cap

This large pure white Dahlia is a new favourite.  It formed part of a mixed pack from my local DIY store; even though the varieties included were named this doesn’t actually fit the description of any of them!

A very strange Dahlia

The above is another from the same pack.  The outer petals turn brown almost as soon as they open and the centre doesn’t open at all.  All  the flowers have been the same so I will remove this one (soon, while I remember where it is!)

Nicotiana mutabilis

I bought the seed for Nicotiana mutabilis at Chelsea last year having seen growing at RHS Rosemoor, where it must have been well over 2 metres in height.  Mine in still only about knee high but the form of the flowers is lovely and the change in colour from pink to white earns it a place in the cut flower garden – maybe it needs some richer soil to grow really large.

Nicotiana mutabilis

Do visit Cathy to see what she and others have found for their vases today.

34 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Pink and White

  1. Combining the pinks and whites worked well. Love that white Dahlia and it’s nice to see your Nicotiana. It’s often recommended around here but it’s not been happy the times I’ve tried it. Have a great week.

    • The white Dahlia is perfect, it is such a pure white and it doesn’t go brown at the edges like some. I’m sorry I don’t have the name but when I looked up what the pack said it wasn’t this one.

  2. Oh how refreshingly cool the pastel zinnias look, as does your vase as a whole which is such a change from our recent bright summer ones. I was interested to hear about your gomphrena as I did grow it myself in the end and although it was slow to get going I do have some flowers, although I kept one of the varities in pots as they were slow to grow and put the other variety BACK in pots as they ceased to thrive when I planted them out! I picked some to dry them but the stems have withered so I need to check that out – and mine are not very tall so I must check out the average height too. All a learning curve…

  3. What a fabulous arrangement. Like a little piece of a flower bed for inside. I’m fond of the gentler pastels of late summer as they seem cooling/calming in the heat of the season.

  4. The pink and white mix is delicious. I love the Nicotiana, which seems to be another genus of plants that don’t want to grow for me here. I think mutant dahlias may be a thing – I’ve had a couple produce 2-headed flowers on a single stem this year.

  5. Christina the photos are magnificent as your bouquet vase. I love pink zinnias. The Gomphrena is very cute. The big white Dahlia I like a lot, it’s divine. I like all the flowers of your lovely bouquet in pink and white, a lovely combination. A bouquet that I love for a vase that I like a lot. A perfect combination, as always Christina. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  6. Oh that is most pretty combination Christina. That white dahlia is most striking. The gomphrena looks most intriguing. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen it growing. I’ve grown nicotiana mutablis in the past and must do so again. They are half hardy annuals and here if sown late in the season can overwinter as small plants under cover. They are also subtly scented if my memory serves me well 🙂

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