If Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden, who hosts ‘In a vase on Monday’, wasn’t already using the epithet ‘The Golfer’ for her husband, I would definitely have used it for mine. He joined the local ‘Shanklin and Sandown’ golf club shortly after we moved to the island and this Saturday became their captain.
A week earlier he had (casually) asked if I could produce some flowers for his ‘Captain’s Drive in’ event on Sunday, when he hosted as captain for the first time, and ran a charity competition, to be followed by cream teas at the clubhouse. Whilst my initial reaction was ‘no’, I looked around the garden and realised there were still hundreds of blooms. What I couldn’t quite picture was how they would work together, and then I realised, they didn’t have to.
There were to be ten tables of ten, so I splashed out on some cute spherical jam jars from Nutleys and set about making two matching arrangements for each table, twenty in all.
It all seemed like quite a good idea, until many hours later on Saturday….
So here they are, Cosmos Purity and Ammi,
Rosa Snow Goose and Zinnia Giant Lime
Helianthus Italian White and hebe
Rosa Jubilee Celebration, Cerinthe and Antirrhinum Orange wonder
Rosa Pink Flower Carpet, Antirrhinum and Honeysuckle
Dahlia Happy Single Date, Scabious Fata Morgana and mint
Zinnia Raspberry Cordial, seedheads of Iris unguicularis and Photinia leaves
Zinnia Giant Wine and Antirrhinum Liberty Crimson
Cosmos Double Click Cranberries and Dahlia Downham Royal.
and lastly Salvia Horminum ‘Oxford Blue’, Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ and Linum
And of course what happened? They’ve already signed me up for New Year’s Eve.
Oh Captain, my Captain, what have you started?