So we expected (and had) a frost last night. Temperatures dropped to -1 deg C, firmly in frozen water territory, so that has given the kiss of death to many plants flowering in the garden. Happily, like many gardeners I’ve started to move tender plants under cover and with the temperatures predicted yesterday I was keen to get at least some of our Salvia ‘Amistad’ potted up and in the greenhouse. Since ‘Amistad’ is a vigorous grower, this involved chopping off a lot of growth and many, many flowers before the transfer.
So what is in my vase today? Yeap, you’ve guessed correctly I am sure.
Plenty of Salvia Amistad!
There was more, much more, but then I started on the Salvia ‘Love and Kisses’:
‘Love and Kisses’ turns out to be a lot more brittle than ‘Amistad’ and the flower stalks are definitely not as long, but it is a wonderful colour. I have three plants and in fact they are each a little different in tone.
My ‘prop’ for the vases is a passion flower, to emphasise all that love going around!
I’ve brought the vases inside now and I have to say that salvia drops spent flowers almost as badly as the dog molts hairs (and that is saying something!), but it is a small price to pay for being able to continue to enjoy these jewel-like colours for a few days more.
Sadly, these vases mark the end of being able to pick colourful floral arrangements from the garden for this year. I’ll have to get more creative from now on.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM. Click through to her post to see artful creations from all over the world.