I had a plan. I went outside with the intention of collecting a big handful of the heliopsis flowers (‘Summer Nights’) that have been flowering against the greenhouse for weeks, only to discover that they are over now. Recent cold northerly winds have shredded their sunny petals, leaving behind just yellow tatters. August, and indeed summer, is reaching its end. It’s making me a bit sad. So I’ve looked around and gathered flowers of altogether cooler colours instead: purples, soft pinks and whites. I am joining Cathy@ramblinginthegarden for a Bank Holiday Monday vase of flowers.
I’ve used some of my favourite plant of the moment: Althaea cannabina, sometimes called palm-leaf marshmallow or hemp-leaved hollyhock. It’s a wonderful tall perennial, with small, pink hollyhock flowers scattered throughout a thicket of wiry stems. Like verbena bonariensis, in spite of its height, it can be grown at the front of the border as an airy screen.
The star of the vase though, is Cosmos ‘Purity’. The flowers seem to have grown particularly huge this year. Palm-sized in fact! They are real show-stoppers.
I’ve also added some regular marshmallow spikes to the vase, again with classic mallow shaped flowers, but with this time of the palest, palest pink.
Purple tones are coming from sprigs of purple loosestrife, verbena bonariensis and geranium ‘Bill Wallis’
While foliage contrast is provided by some tree spinach (Chenopodium giganteum), North Sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) and some bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’).
I am back to using a drinking glass for the vase, I am afraid. I do possess proper vases, honest, but they are never seem to be the right width/weight/height.
To see other beautiful Monday vases check out Cathy’s post and the comment section for links.