I don’t feel too bad about cutting flowers from the garden at this time of year, since there is a rapidly approaching natural end in sight for many of them. For instance, the winds last week already culled a few of the tallest flowers, including some sunflowers, cosmos and tithonia, so that is where today’s vase begins.
The sunflowers include side shoots from ‘Earth Walker’ and ‘Magic Roundabout’. The cosmos is ‘Purity’ (what a useful flower that is!). The tithonia is ‘Torch’.
Writhing cosmos managed to damage some miscanthus flower heads on the way down, so they are in the vase too.
Leaving aside the damaged blooms, I picked a rather lovely tagetes, called ‘Fireball’, for the front of the display, along side calendula ‘Neon’. Both were growing as companion plants in the vegetable patch. There’s also a glowing orange from some cosmos ‘Bright Lights’ (definitely now winding down in the patio pots). And finally, I’ve added a couple of chrysanthemums in the form of neat ‘Little Dorrit’
and charming ‘Littleton Red’:
Quite the collection of heat and sunshine-related names aren’t they? unsurprisingly, this vase is eye-catchingly bright … even on a dull day! Although as things transpired, the sun came out, when I took the vase outside to take photos.
Ah yes, I just remembered that there is a spike of leonotis nepetifolia in the centre of the bunch to add a spot of drama and give the vase a bit of height.
Thanks to Cathy@ramblinginthegarden who encourages folk to start the week by putting flowers ‘In a vase on Monday’. It’s a lovely way to bring seasonal highlights indoors to enjoy them at close quarters. It’s well worth a visit to her blog to browse the array of vases linked to her post!