Sorry for the absence – we’ve been away for 10 days, and the way it’s fallen with work I was last on the island on 23rd September!
The garden is in many areas looking rather ‘over’. Sadly, the majority of the dahlias have finished and many of the annuals too, but there are still roses and Salvias and, extraordinarily, lots of new growth from self sown Cerinthe seedlings.
There is plenty of bright pink about, particularly from the flower carpet roses, but somehow that didn’t feel right for this time of year. I was looking for something rather more autumnal, and struck on this fabulous dark burgundy.
We visited a number of wineries on our holiday in Spain, including those in the Rioja region, so perhaps that deep Rioja colour was still on my mind!
The main flower is the Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’. It’s a gorgeous flower but certainly very prickly, so not that friendly for cutting.
The Dahlia here – mostly hanging out at the edges – is D. La Recoleta (this is photo from a previous vase as I forgot to take its photo!)
To this I added a single collapsed stem of Gladiolus Black Star
and then filled around with lovely new grey/green Cerinthe growth.
It’s lovely to be back creating a Monday vase and I’m looking forward to heading over to Cathy’s blog to see what everyone else has chosen for their vase this week.
Regular readers will know I planted a silk tree in spring 2017 and it’s just flowered for the first time (above)!
I was prompted to buy an Albizia having seen the stunning bright pink as Albizia julibrissin Rosea at Harold Hillier gardens (below).
I chose ‘Ombrella’ as it’s rather smaller, only growing to 10-15ft, and whilst I feel a little disappointed by the rather more muted flower colour, I adore the unusual and wonderfully healthy foliage.
According to Burncoose, who I bought it from, it can only withstand temperatures down to 1°C, so I think I should consider myself lucky it survived its first winter!
I wonder how long before it looks like this?
I seem to have got rather ‘stuck’ using this glass trough and various pinks and greens – but here we go again….
The title this week relates to the big blousy ‘Jubilee Celebration’ roses – and the Saturday wedding of our neighbours’ lovely daughter – what a fabulous do!
All these ‘Jubilee Celebration’ blooms came from one sumptuous branch and I thought rather than leave them on the bush, I’d bring them inside.
To these roses I added some darker pink flower carpet roses and ‘Prince Edward of York’ sweet peas.
And then for contrast Dianthus ‘Green Wicky’ and Zinnia ‘Benary ‘Giant Lime.
Here’s the other side – very much more of the same.
I don’t suppose it’ll be long before there are petals all over the kitchen table, but in the meantime I’m enjoying both the scent and the scene!
With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases – and has a very impressive array of dahlias to share this week!