Finally some time this weekend to fiddle with flowers!
I spent a lovely hour making a few arrangements including the kitchen one above. Sedum heads were joined by an exuberant mix of Dahlias ‘Zundert Mystery Fox’ and ‘Happy Single Date’
as well as Rosa ‘Pat Austin’.
More Dahlias was plonked in the relatively new small glass trough – ‘Roxy’ and ‘Hillcrest Royal’ together with Cosmos ‘Rubenza’
And lastly, a trio of sherbet pink blooms for the long oak table.
These contained a random mix of bits and pieces to accompany the Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration’ including a few odd sweet peas (‘Prince Edward’ the dark one below), Antirrhinum ‘Orange Wonder’, Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’, Diascia personata
together with mint leaves and even a peachy Pelargonium.
As ever I’m joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts the IaVoM meme. Why don’t you pop over to see who else has been fiddling with flowers today?
So a complete cheat of an IaVoM – not only not my arrangement, but not even a vase!
The weekend saw the visit of my friend, together with her sister who I hadn’t met over from the States. You know when guests say ‘Anything I can do?’ and you say ‘Could you set the table please?’ and they plonk round cutlery and glasses and all is good?
Well the result of this request on Saturday evening was this lovely table setting. Not only complicated napkins arrangements, but the inspired addition of matching pink Pelargonium flowers in the centre of them. I’ve never seen the like and was chuffed to bits – especially as, although I’d made little Sweet Pea arrangements for the guest bedrooms, I hadn’t found time to arrange flowers for the table.
Thanks K and C!
And thanks too to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts IaVoM.
There are still a few bulbs clinging on, particularly Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’ (above) and below with ‘Merry go round’
New bulbs emerging include these Gladiolus byzantinus, just coming into bloom in the Lavender Beds but rather more shy elsewhere,
as well as these Nectoscordum siculum that I’ve said for two years I was going to pull out.
but I’m really not convinced about Clematis ‘Josephine’. What was I thinking?
Meanwhile, thinking of climbers, my Wisteria is already going over.
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.
Aside from the roses, sweet peas and peonies, there are numerous other blooms blooming this month. These Calendula ‘Bronze Beauty’ are taking up probably too much of the new Bronze Bed, but as little else is flowering there yet, I’ll indulge their cheery contribution. One other bloom flowering here is another one grown from seed – this one, Nasturtium Caribbean Crush, I’m also not entirely convinced about, but, as with the marigold, I’m not turfing it out until there’s something else to look at.
In a similar colour vein, in the trough by the front steps I’ve got a dark purple Pelargonium, Gazania and Parrot’s Beak, Lotus berthelotii, combo going on. It’s still filling out, but when the sun’s shining and the Gazanias are fully out, it makes a jolly greeting to visitors.
Meanwhile, in the new Mid Century Bed, the planned ‘Bruised’ colour palette has been completely frustrated by numerous Ranunculus in this shocking cerise. The bulbs I planted were labled Ranunculus Purple Heart, but not one of them has come up any deeper than this one, and, like so many gardening ‘mistakes’ I love them!
In the Grass Bed, which has finally been denuded of its tatty forget me nots, I’ve planted a few of these Catananche caerulea which look lovely together with the stipa behind and the self seeded Cerinthe in front. According to the RHS website they can be propagated by division in spring or by root cuttings in winter. I should really diary to do that as they’re lovely – although only about 60cm tall they have the same airiness of Verbena bonariensis, and work well in a bed where I wouldn’t want anything too tall.
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting everyone’s GBBD.