‘Flowers on a desk’ have been back for a while but they don’t usually appear until Tuesday, as that’s when I head to London, and so haven’t featured much in this year’s IaVoM. This week, however, conscious that I needed to head up a day early for various meetings, I thought I’d bring some cheer with me in the form of a Monday vase.
I noticed over the weekend that the Dahlia ‘Mystery Fox’ was just the same coral/tomato red as the Sarah Raven Nasturtium ‘Cherry Red’, so I plonked them in a vase, together with nasturtium leaves and some fresh green mint.
All very cheering apart from the dahlia flowers quietly collapsing (see dropped petals to the left of the picture). Hopefully I won’t be in a similar state on Thursday when I eventually head back across the water!
Why don’t you join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what other summer cheer others have in their vases this week?
So a marmalade combination for this Monday’s vase, photographed in Sunday afternoon’s sunshine.
The vase includes Dahlia ‘Mystery Fox’
old favourite Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date,’ with new growth of Cerinthe major purpurescens
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty,’
and Euphorbia myrsinites together with unknown succulent. This was given as a cutting by a neighbour and I now have quite a few of them. Maybe some kind of Asphodel?
And the madness? Well, after the delight of meeting up with Sam from A Coastal Plot at the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Tate Modern, how about an IaVoM lunch next year when London’s Garden Museum reopens after its £7.5m redevelopment? The website promises a ‘bigger, brighter cafe’. Anyone up for it?
With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who started it all off.
On Saturday I had the delight of my London Book Club friends coming to the island for lunch and I decided to arrange flowers inspired by the, er, napkins!
As we were eating outside I had to contend with an umbrella in the centre of the table, so I chose to arrange five similarly themed vases to form a circle. Whilst the colours didn’t exactly ‘go’ I liked the gaiety on what was (unlike Sunday) a rather grey day.
Apart from the sweet peas Lathyrus odoratus ‘Annie B Gilroy’ and Lathyrus odoratus ‘Heathcliff’, there were Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’
Scabiosa atroprupurea ‘Fata Morgana’
and a second dahlia, currently vying with HSD for 2016 favourite – D. Mystery Fox.
And despite the book (my choice!) not being so well liked, I think we all had a time as jolly as the flowers. I know I did.
With thanks to my book club ladies for making the trip and to Cathy for hosting this lovely meme.