This last damp week has seen a number of late flowering stalwarts succumb to mould, including: zinnias, celosia and my dark-leaved basils. The flowering heads on these plants have just keeled over. They look a bit like those floppy Resusci Anne dolls. So sad. The planned star of the vase (Celosia ‘Pink feather’) is gone. Ah well. I’ve moved on to sunflowers to inject a little sunshine instead.
These smiling faces are from a multi-headed sunflower from a ‘Mr F’s Mixed’ selection, so that’s as close as I can come to naming it I am afraid.
I’ve used seed heads of monbretia and some spikes of Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ to echo the sunflower colours and to pick out more autumnal tones. Salvia uliginosa is flowering prolifically just now and adds a reminder of blue skies, occasionally glimpsed.
Mina lobata and sedum are going strong and will be flowering for some time (I hope). Their addition to the vase reinforces seasonal changes: red and purple pigments revealed as the green chlorophyll breaks down in the leaves.
My vase is a lovely chocolate brown jug, which I use all the time. Hopefully it grounds and ties everything together.
This is my contribution to In a Vase on Monday. My thanks to Cathy for inspiring so many of us to get out and pick some flowers. Do take a look at the wonderful arrangements being gathered all around the world!