Congratulations to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden on the sixth anniversary of her wonderful meme! And a pat on the back for all those who have been taking part and creating lovely arrangements throughout the seasons. 🙂
This week we have been set an anniversary challenge: to present an arrangement only 6 inches (15 cm) square/high.
I immediately chose my miniature crystal rose bowl as a vase and went out on Sunday afternoon in the bitter cold to see what was still standing after several nights of frost.
My now favourite Achillea – ‘Pomegranate’ – is still looking wonderful, so I snipped a tiny bit off and found some of its common cousin growing wild which I also added. Then I found a little Fleabane, tinged with pink. And that was all I needed for a pretty little display.
Of course, I couldn’t stop at just one tiny vase, and as I had already selected some of my favourite miniature containers as alternatives I filled them too…
I particularly like the fireworks effect of the fennel with the pennisetum. Just right for a celebratory vase!
This meme has changed the way I garden – I soon recognized how rewarding it is to be able to bring flowers indoors almost all year round, as well as enjoying them outside. And my planting choices were therefore influenced.
So a very big thanks to Cathy for the inspiration and for keeping this meme going with her encouragement and thoughtful comments on our vases weekly. So much dedication is remarkable. 😃
Last week my vase featured soft silvers and blues, so this week I decided to bring some bolder colours indoors. The flowers used are mainly from the sunshine bed. The starting point however was some Golden Rod growing just outside our garden fence… a sure sign that summer is slowly coming to an end.
Various sunflowers add some more yellow and gold tones, while the Tithonia, Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Glow’ (gorgeous isn’t it?) and Echinacea ‘Flame Thrower’ provide some orange.
A couple of Zinnias add a hint of red – the seed packets said they would be pink and white, but I am so glad they turned out this colour!
The grasses are Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ and a wild grass which looks like the original grass Mr Foerster got his inspiration from. In fact it was seeing these grasses growing in the wild that ignited my growing passion for using grasses within my own garden. I added another splash of gold from some Euphorbia and a sprig of fennel, Patrinia scabiosifolia and Hypericum from the herb bed.
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I hope these colours have made your Monday a bit sunnier. 🙂
Monday is the day Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to join her in putting flowers from our gardens (or near vicinity) in a vase. After a long absence I am pleased to join her and all the other Monday vase creators this week. A very hot and dry summer, coupled with long absences from my garden, made vases almost impossible this summer. But the cooler nights and shorter days – as well as a good rain last week – have worked wonders.
On the way back from the evening dog walk I picked a few wild flowers from the edge of the pathway near our garden. When I got home, one man and his dog needed feeding, so dinner took priority, but my Man of Many Talents kindly took over the photography before the evening sunshine disappeared below the trees.
I think he did a pretty good job, don’t you?
Pink and white clover, tiny harebells, Scabiosa, fleabane, autumn hawkbit/dandelion and Linaria.
Hope you are getting some of this lovely September sunshine this week!
This weekend has been spent at our country house, so the flowers are wild flowers from the meadows and land around us. A strong breeze on Sunday made the grasses come alive, and the textures tempt you to reach out your hands and stroke them.
I have no idea of the identity of all these wild grasses – a project for a winter evening perhaps! The flowers included are moon daisies, ‘Ragged Robin’ (Silene/Lychnis flos cuculi), white campion (Silene latifolia) and red clover, along with cow parsley of course. There were a few pale mauve campanulas in the meadow too, but I didn’t pick any as most had gone over what with the heat and wind. The Achillea and Scabious will be opening soon as well.
I brought along some peonies from home too, to enjoy their scent indoors – their season is so short this year so I must make the most of them!
In fact they started off in the green vase, which I then swapped over and used for the wild flowers…