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.
It’s funny how, as the number of garden blooms reduces, you suddenly notice things you hadn’t during the relative abundance earlier in the year.
Today’s vase was prompted by the realisation that the inherited rose by the front gate (any clues as to a name?) was a good match for the Scabiosa atropurpurea Fata Morgana still hanging on in the Bronze Bed. The rose is having a fabulous second flush, but I can’t believe it can last for much longer, hence the title.
The rose starts with a beautiful peachy bud which gets paler and more creamy/yellow as it opens.
The Scabious has been a little disappointing as I thought it would be even more more peachy, but it’s been flowering for months and even looks good as a fresh green bud,
All in all a rather soft, summery vase – doubtless my subconscious remaining in denial of the current season!
Why don’t you head over to Cathy’s site and see whether others are doing a better job of embracing the autumnal season, or clinging on to summer like me?