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