After all the colour in my vase last week I fancied using whites today. White poppy ‘Perry’s white’ I think, with Ammi majus, and Erigeron.
I watched as much of the Virtual Chelsea coverage as I could and one bit I saw was Sarah Raven demonstrating how to condition flowers for a vase. I have sacrificed one of my precious perennial poppies for this vase and hopefully her technique will mean that it will last.
The trick is to sear the freshly cut stem of the poppy for at least ten seconds in boiling water and then plunge it into cold water. A trick? Not really. A technique that perhaps you have all be doing anyway. Hopefully it will work and my poppy will stay as fresh as a, well a daisy.
I hope you and our host Cathy have had a good Monday especially if it is a bank holiday where you are. The sun has shone all day and it looks to be a nice week ahead.
Have a good week, wherever you are and thanks for reading. D.
Anthriscus sylvestris ravenswing, Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Greenapples’, Aquilegias, Californian poppy, cerinthe, Erigeron, Eschscholzia, Geum "Mrs Bradshaw", Geum Totally Tangerine, in a vase on Monday, London Pride, persicaria bistorta, riot of colour, Saxifraga x urbium, Thalictrum Black stockings
Aquilegias are all over the garden in shades of purples and burgundy. A cheery marking of early summer. This is Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Greenapples’ Her bonnet is much more considered. Significantly bigger, a warm apple tone to its white. Long elegant spurs out the back of the bonnet.
Sometimes the smallest things just do it. The tiny flowers of London pride are exquisitely marked. Flicks of pink dots adorn the tiny petals. The stems are a shade of pinky brown. Common as, but a beauty nonetheless.
Then there are the others. A riot of colours. A rainbow of blues and purples, pinks and red, juicy oranges.
There are Aquilegia, Thalictrum, Persicaria bistorta, Anthriscus Ravenswing, Cerinthe, Geum Mrs Bradshaw, she’s the red one and Eschscholzia the orange Californian poppy.
A dazzle of colour so perhaps you can see why I separated out the small but beautiful ones first. They’d be lost in that lot.
In the sunlight I feel I need my sunglasses on looking at this bunch.
Joining Cathy and bloggers from around the globe. Pick some of your home grown flowers, place in a vessel of any sort and tell us all about it. Share with us and link to Cathy using the link above. Simple fun.
Have a great week wherever you are, thanks for reading. D.
Coreopsis moonbeam, David Austin Roses, Erigeron, in a vase on Monday, Molinia nia Transparent, Nassella tenuissima, papaver somniferum Black Single, persicaria affinis, rose a shropshire lad, sanguisorba canadensis, stipa tenuissima, Tuesday View, Verbena bonariensis
Evening all. First off a Vase to join Cathy. I am late for In a Vase on Monday but I hope I will be forgiven.
These are roses from David Austin, rose ‘A Shropshire Lad’ with dahlias from Sarah Raven and opium poppy. ‘Black Single’.
Now to my Tuesday view. Cathy Of words and herbs , rather than rambling Cathy who hosts IAVOM, encourages us to record a view in our gardens throughout the year. It is both a useful record and interesting to see the impact the weather and seasons are having on our chosen spot.
White sticks of self sown Sanguisorba canadensis mingling where they choose.
Today has been lovely but in exposed parts ( the garden, not me) there was a nip to the air. Autumn is coming in fast now. We need to make the most of these last flowers of Summer before the scene turns brown and crisp.
Erigeron, stipa, now known as Nassella tenuissima, verbena bonariensis.
Persicaria affinis spreading nicely
Erigeron is spreading around the gravel
It is a beautiful time of year yet I think there is definitely an Autmnal look to these pictures. Yikes, Autumn is around the corner.
Harvest and Autumn approaches.
Take a look at Cathys lovely blog as she is the host of the Tuesday view.