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.