Back in the spring I was really taken by a picture of a container filled with a mixture of Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ and Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Sea of Blossom’ that appears on the Sarah Raven website, so I ordered plug plants to recreate the look. But I have found that the Green Trick is reaching for the skies and so I needed to cut some of the spikes down to make the plants bush out more. They have provided some lovely cutting material for a vase, so I am joining in with Cathy’s Monday challenge to pick materials to bring into the house.
Each year I grow some sweet peas and usually I mess this up some how, usually by failing to plant out in the garden in time. However, this year I was organised enough to plant three varieties over the arches in the vegetable garden and they are now producing sufficient flowers to pick regularly. The varieties are ‘Beaujolais’, ‘Twilight’ and ‘Cupani’ and those dark colours really appeal to me. They are also gloriously scented and combine wonderfully with the Dianthus ‘Green Trick’.
To the sweet peas and dianthus I have added some dark buddleia spikes (possibly ‘Dark Knight’, but since I took cuttings from my Dad’s bush I am not sure) and a couple of blue anemone coronaria flowers (from a mixed pack of De Caen bulbs).
For foliage I have added some asparagus and some twigs of Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’, which also needed pruning.
The vase is a jug from the Arts and Crafts gallery in London and was a present. I use it all the time for flowers, but never for food or drink! It is such a nice shape and size.
To enjoy some other vases of freshly picked beauty do head over to Cathy’s blog.