Apologies for posting this about 3 weeks after arranging the vase!
It all started as I was tidying the garden ready to leave it for 2 weeks. I decided to prune the Erysimums right back – well I wouldn’t be there to admire the flowers and I thought it would encourage more flowers later as well as stopping it getting leggy. I didn’t want to throw away perfectly good flowers so Cathy’s Vase on a Monday came to mind. I had the photos done and the flowers identified with all good intentions of posting while away. . . . . you know the rest!
So here we are a good three weeks later and I am going to post anyway – I hope you will forgive me? Oh, by the way, the fireplace was the only place tidy enough in the house to put the vase – not related in any way to Cathy’s entry a couple of week’s ago – honest!
The plants I have used are Erysimum Bowles Mauve, Erysimum Apricot Twist, Armeria Joystick white and an unknown blue geranium that I have had forever. Could it be Johnson’s Blue? I know it is a variety that doesn’t come again if you cut it back. I got very excited one year when I read that you could do that, but alas – lots of new leaves, but no more flowers. The spikey leaves are Montbretia.
It did get me thinking about another fireplace arrangement once the crocosmia is out. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a really fiery arrangement? I hope I have enough blooms to spare a few.
I am also going to post a few shots of another vase that I attempted last week. It didn’t work very well, but I think the idea was good and given more time I might have got it right. Again I was trimming back the old poppy heads to tidy the garden when we got back and I again thought of a vase to show them off. I picked a light coloured leaf from the Fatsia Japonica thinking it would look wonderful with the light shining through it. I added some bright Geranium Psilostemon and sacrificed a couple of my lovely pink foxgloves to complete the arrangement. I had to find somewhere to put it so the light would shine through and just about balanced it on our very narrow kitchen windowsill.
I asked The Traveller what he thought of this latest creation and his only comment was: “It’s very purple!” Not impressed then, but I decided to post it anyway.
Sorry for these rushed entries, Cathy, but you did say plonked in a vase was OK. You put me to shame with your wonderful arrangements, placed against carefully thought out backgrounds and even accessorised – oh and usually with great titles too. But at least you have got me thinking along the right lines!!!
Why not pop along to Rambling in the Garden to view some other entries for this week’s Vase on a Monday.
Armeria Joystick white