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In a vase on Monday – carnival!

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For some warped reason it gives me great pleasure to post a work vase when I’m not actually at work!  This vase was on my desk the week before last, but got bumped by last week’s red, white and blue concoction.

I’d deliberately created a very jolly vase as I knew it was going to be a tricky week at work, and so it proved to be, but I found genuine comfort (well at least distraction) looking at my jolly blooms.

Anyway, now I’m having a week off for the first time since April and I hope I’m having my own personal carnival, even though I’m in Croatia, not Brazil.

So back to the vase, as well as a couple of old favourites, Dianthus Green Trick and Antirrhinum majus Orange Wonder, I’ve also added some of Cathy’s sunflowers.  You may remember these were the ones kindly sent as seeds by Cathy from Rambling in the Garden who hosts In a vase on Monday.  They didn’t quite turn out as expected, but now that the huge original blooms have been cut, the later blooms are proving much smaller and much more suitable for cutting, so they’ve been added to mix.  In addition there were the first couple of blooms from the dahlia I added to the new Bronze Border, Dahlia Happy Single Date.photo 2 (3)

And providing an incredible match – this Zinnia.  Now this is far more orange that any of my Zinnia Raspberry Cordial, but that’s what it’s supposed to be.  I think it’s a gorgeous colour and I must remember to save seed to see if I can grow it again next year.photo 3 (1)

Do pop over to Rambling in the Garden to see what everyone else is up to, meanwhile, I’m heading back to the Pina colada…

The Cutting Garden – August 2015

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I’ve been remiss in not posting about my satellite Cutting Garden (in my neighbours’ walled garden) since it looked like this at the end of May.  And now it’s producing bucket loads of blooms, like the one above.

The following photos were actually taken last week, but when I visited today it’s clear the recent rain has battered everything quite badly.  I’m never great at staking (always thinking I’ll get away with it!) but this year, when it was clear some stakes were needed, it was so dry I couldn’t get them into the ground.  Quite what my excuse was for not getting round to it as the ground softened is anyone’s guess.  Tsk!

This photos is looking in a similar direction to the one above and shows the Cosmos Double Click Snow Puff, with Cosmos Double Click Cranberries nearer the fence.  Down the slope are the Antirrhinum majus Orange Wonder  with Salvia horminum ‘Oxford Blue’ to the right.  In between are the Zinnias,

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Zinnia Benary’s Giant Scarlet,IMG_8426

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and my favourite, Zinnia Raspberry Cordial.IMG_8427

Looking up the slope you can see the Zinnias are still quite small (although have grown significantly in the past week).  Between the Zinnias and Salvias are a line of Ten Week Stocks.  Although they do smell lovely, they really don’t work for cutting, so I won’t be growing them again.

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The sunflowers have been amazing this year.  IMG_8429

The large yellow ones, which were very kindly sent to me by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, didn’t turn out to be the red flushed Ruby Eclipse we were both expecting, but now the huge central stems have been cut, there are plenty of smaller clear yellow blooms, which have that lovely sunflower cheer.IMG_8421

There are two other sunflowers, Helianthus cuc Italian White and Helianthus Vanilla Ice, but I can’t seem to tell the difference between them.  They’ve been absolutely great, hugely prolific and yet dainty and soft coloured for a sunflower.  I featured them in my ‘Moonflowers’ Monday vase and have used them every week since.IMG_8423

Back home, as well as more Zinnias, (including Z. Benary’s Giant Lime not at the satellite cutting garden) I’ve also been cutting Molucella laevis

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and another favourite, Dianthus Green Trick.  This came originally from Sarah Raven, but I’ve already taken a number of successful cuttings and this weekend have taken a dozen more. They last for well over a week in the vase and retain this lovely fresh green.IMG_8262

With many thanks to Julie at Peonies and Posies for hosting the Cutting Garden meme.

Now all I’ve got to do is decide what to choose for Monday’s vase!

In a vase on Monday – just peachy!

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After the success of last week’s peachy vase I was inspired to go bigger and here it is.

The vase has more of the Zinnia Raspberry Cordial, IMG_8435

Antirrhinum Orange Wonder,  Dianthus Green Trick, as well as green heads of Sedum Autumn Joy.

These have been joined by first pickings of Scabious Fata Morgana.  This is growing in the Bronze Bed and has turned out less peachy than I was expecting, but does seem to be getting rather more orange as the flower heads age.IMG_8436

But the new flower I’m most excited about is this Dahlia – Dahlia Happy Single Date.  Such a lovely colour.  What with my Raspberry Cordials and my Happy Single Dates I feel plenty more peachy vases to come!IMG_8438

With many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts all the lovely Monday vases.  Why don’t you ramble over and see what everyone’s found for their vases this week?

In a vase on Monday – raspberry cordial debut

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Further to Saturday’s rather rushed GBBD, here is last Monday’s vase bringing together some of the Cutting Garden blooms featured there.

I just love the extraordinary salmon pink colour of large Zinnia at the front.  This is Zinnia Raspberry Cordial which I fell in love with last September at West Dean (see below).

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Whereas all my other ‘Benary’ Zinnias came from Chilterns, I managed to find these seeds for sale at Plants of Distinction.  I haven’t got too many Raspberry Cordial blooms yet, but there are plenty more to come at the Cutting Garden, and I also have plants planted in the Grass Bed.  It’s not often I’m so determined to seek out a particular variety, but I’m really chuffed I did.

To fill out the arrangement I also added some Zinnia Benary Giant Scarlet and my peachy Antirrhinum Orange Wonder.  The Antirrhinums in this vase were a bit ‘kinky’ as they hadn’t been staked, but I really like the way they’ve curving at the front of the mug.photo 5

And for green, I have yet more heads of Dianthus Green Trick.  These ones are currently growing in a big pot near my front steps.  I really must take more cuttings as I love the freshness of the colour and how long lasting they are in the vase.photo 1 (1)

With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting everyone’s IaVoM.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2015

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Whilst many of my roses have already gone over – hastened I assume by the very dry weather – these Rosa Flower Carpet are still going strong and, if prior years are anything to go by, are likely to continue until well into October.

There’s this new one too, featured last Wednesday, but worth another peek – Rosa Jubilee Celebration.IMG_7967

And one more rose, also in the Mid Century bed, Rosa Falstaff climbing, growing up the obelisk with the Rhodochiton atrosanguineus.IMG_7970

One plant I’ve always loved is Agapanthus and I’m thrilled that one I’ve grown from seed is finally flowering.  I planted out dozens in both the greenhouse ‘Med Beds’ and at the back of the strawberry bed.  Sadly it looks like this is the only one to flower this year, but hopefully more will follow in the future.IMG_7953

This white Agapanthus I’ve had for years and is growing in a pot, thriving on neglect.  I’ve also grown seedlings from this plant which I need to work out where to plant.  Perhaps they are better in pots?  I’ve read that Agapanthus flower better when their roots are constricted, but then I’ve read that’s not true too!  Any thoughts?IMG_7954

Another genus I’m having a good year with is Dianthus.  I bought a couple of this one last year (sorry lost the name), but they didn’t do so well, and, despite their sweet scent I wasn’t impressed,  However, this year, they’ve clearly got their roots down and have done brilliantly. They’re great in a vase and last and last.IMG_7971

This one, Dianthus carthusianorum, sown as seed last year, is finally flowering in the Swing Beds.  I really like the clear colour and the strong, wiry stems.IMG_7977

And lastly this Dianthus Green Trick, also great in a vase.  This was bought as cuttings from Sarah Raven this spring, and then I grew lots more from cuttings.  I really should take some more cuttings as the colour is so green and fresh at this time of year when so much foliage is looking tired.IMG_7980

Another new plant grown from seed this year are these ‘Ten weeks stocks’.  I’m not usually a fan of mixed colours, but so far they’ve all been lovely, and, like the Ruby Punch Stocks featured in yesterday’s In a Vase on Monday, smell gorgeous.IMG_7978

Lastly, a couple of plants in new pots created this year in front of the office in the garden. This Clematis is Princess Diana, IMG_7957

planted together with this Pelargonium Surcouf.  IMG_7955

With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens  for hosting everyone’s GBBD.

In a vase on Monday – split personality?

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I’m late in the date joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for ‘In a vase on Monday’ as although I’d picked my blooms yesterday (in the rain) I needed to do some work before I found time to arrange them.

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All of these blooms were picked from my little cutting garden on a plot I’ve ‘borrowed’ within a walled garden down the road.  I meant to take my camera to show you how it’s progressed since I first blogged about it here, but completely forgot.  Hopefully the output will give you a clue!

Looking at my bucket of goodies I decided to go for two themes – one mad and bright for the kitchen table and the second rather more serious to take up to work in London tomorrow.

For the first, I chose my beautiful Orla Kiely vase given to me last Christmas by my awesome big sister (with exquisite taste).  The vase is deceptively roomy and certainly gobbled up all the flowers – lucky I had so many!

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A couple of flowers were new to me this year, firstly the Antirrhinum majus Orange Wonder.  This was grown for the new Bronze Bed, but in the end I decided I had enough there and planted it in the Cutting Garden.  Now, I’m loving it so much I’m wondering whether I could move a couple back into my garden!

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Also the Stocks ‘Ruby Punch’, which were grown from seeds from Plants of Distinction.  These were grown for the Mid Century bed, but germinated really well so I planted some leftovers in the Cutting Garden.  They definitely need staking which I haven’t done, and so they’ve ended up decidedly kinky, but they still smell divine.IMG_7992

As well as these two newbies, there is plenty of the stalwart Salvia horminum Oxford Blue,IMG_7990

numerous sweet peas as well as Cosmos Click Cranberries and Dazzler.

For my little work vase I chose a white and yellow theme.

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This included the first of my Helianthus Vanilla Ice

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as well as Cosmos Double Click Snow Puff.  I think both this very double oneIMG_7996

and this one, are both Snow Puff.IMG_7997

And lastly some white sweet peas, the single Cosmos Purity and Dianthus Green Trick.IMG_7998

As always I’ve had great fun with my vases.  Why don’t you go over to Cathy’s and see what everyone else is up to?

In a vase on Monday – on a desk!

 

I don’t normally work on Mondays, but today was the exception and also the first time I’ve brought flowers to the office since I’ve been back at work.

The flowers travelled up with me from the island, (together with many Isle of Wight Festival leavers) wrapped in cling film (the flowers, not the Festival leavers). They always come out looking a little crushed but generally bounce back

At my old job I took flowers to work every week in the summer and always concentrated on sweet peas as I love the scent so much.  This week the arrangement is largely sweet peas, but they’ve been joined by a couple of newcomers.  Firstly, Dianthus Green Trick.  This was bought as plugs from Sarah Raven, but I’ve then propagated more by taking cuttings.  I really like the fresh green they provide.

In addition, and linking to my earlier GBBD post, are couple of sugar pink Ranunculus.  And no, these are even less Purple Heart than the cerise ones, but they look pretty here and will hopefully last well

Just a short post as I’m struggling to blog on my iPad, but it’s always fun to join in. Why don’t you go and have a look at what other bloggers have arranged in their Monday vases?

With thanks as ever to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting.