I am slightly addicted to Penstemons and I especially love ‘Sour Grapes’. There is something about the flash of sky blue that appears on some of the flowers, their stripey throats and the blushed, soft grape colour that make them exceedingly attractive.
The fact that fat bumblebees frequent the flowers endlessly, also means that I find myself looking at these purple bells more than most. So I used three spikes of this lovely flower as the basis of today’s vase.
The other thing that I am excited about in the garden just now is a grass: Pennisetum thunbergii (grown from seed) which is flowering for the first time and I love its wonderful maroon tufts with the bristly stigma.
So I’ve cut some of them to add dark spikes to the arrangement. Also Pheasant grass is just starting to flower and I’ve put some of their silky arching plumes to add some airy volume.
The rest of collection are very common flowers: nepeta, lychnis, agrostemma, geranium and a white potentilla, plus a couple of herbs: oregano and feverfew.
For foliage I have cut some nigella seed heads:
and a bit of silver-edged dogwood (possibly Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’).
I think that the vase should last for some time. I am just a bit sad that the bees are missing the penstemon!
I am joining in with Cathy’s ‘In a vase on Monday’. Today’s selection over there shows that other people are much braver in cutting their prize blooms. I may have to start thinking about a cutting border.