I only have a few plants left in the garden with enough flowers for a vase – this vase is made up mostly of purple erysimums.
Earlier in the year I would have chopped these long stalks to encourage more growth, but I am afraid to now in case that is it. Also this plant is the one the butterflies really like so just in case there is the odd one still fluttering about I have left it to get very leggy.
Added to the erysimums are some white annual nemesia and some white-tipped French lavender. The lavender, new in last Autumn flowered so late that I didn’t think it was going to bother. Then when it did flower I could hardly see the white flowers against the white pebbledash wall. I think I will have to find a new home for it.
Some greenery was added using a blue/green evergreen fir tree that started off as a dwarf, but is now a good 10 feet, some hypericum buds and some rosemary.
Finally some red stems of dogwood and some seedheads of crocosmia, origano and spirea. I usually cut off the pink spirea flowers as they clash with the yellow foliage, but this year I didn’t get round to it. I’m quite glad now as it is rather pretty and will look even better covered in frost.
Oh the vase – it was simply a large water glass as it was all that I had just the right size. It was cunningly disguised with a brown silky wrap.
I do enjoy taking part in this meme, but find some aspects of it quite challenging. Growing and picking the flowers is easy, well in the summer anyway; arranging the flowers is not too bad either, but when it comes to the photography it gets a bit trickier. None of it compares, though, with the trouble I have thinking of a title for the post! This week I resorted to typing things into Google looking for inspiration. I tried purple and glass, glass and seeds and finally purple and seeds When I was presented with a list of cannabist stockists I quickly closed that window and moved on!!!
Why not pop along to Rambling in the Garden to view some other entries for this week’s Vase on a Monday.