I wasn’t sure I was going to have time to post about my vases this week but that didn’t stop me from picking the flowers and trying out a completely new way of arranging them (for me – I’ve seen the style used in commercial arrangements before). On reading Cathy’s post I read she had some completely new flowers, amazing in October.The flowers are the same as for the last month or so, Dahlias and Zinnias. I wouldn’t say I’m bored with them but I did feel the need to try and make the arrangements look a little different so I decided to arrange the flowers within the vase rather than with their stems in the vase and their blooms outside.
The lovely, large orange Dahlias are producing lots more blooms and as the season must come to an end soon. I was prepared to cut shorter stems so that the remaining buds on the stem might just have time to flower. I usually cut very long stems being prepared to lose 2, 4, or even 6 blooms that are forming along the stems.
Incredibly some Chrysanthemums seeded into one of the borders and with the rain this summer have actually grown – I am amazed! and thought they deserved a role in today’s vase; they are also flowering before the plants in the cut flower beds, I have no idea why that might be.
the above is the stems that didn’t fit into either vase. I think the simplicity of the vase makes a nice change from my more exuberant arrangements.
I don’t think I have ever used this cylindrical vase before, but it was an obvious choice for this kind of arrangement; indeed if I see a taller cylindrical vase I might well feel compelled to buy it as I think the style would work well with some head-space in the vase unused.
I love the striped effect of the petals meaning it mixes well with white and dark claret colours.
I used pebbles to support the stems in both arrangements and will keep the water level to the level of the stones.
With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the garden for hosting each week. Do pop over to see everyone’s vases this week.