Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement every Monday using materials collected from our gardens.
For today’s vase I chose a Raku pot purchased at our local Apple Chill street fair one autumn long ago, when five dollars was a significant investment.
Reliable and trouble-free, Angelonia ‘Purple’ caught my eye as I looked around the garden yesterday for flowers to feature. Also I included Dahlia ‘Fireworks’ because it is finally beginning to flower a bit more, though it remains rather lackluster. The three ‘Fireworks’ plants are the only dahlias in my garden this summer (my friend Libby’s mom’s red dahlia did not make it through our harsh winter).
Zinnia Cut and Come Again continue to color the garden with fresh and long-lasting flowers, drawing hummingbirds, butterflies and other various insects. There is sign of powdery mildew on some of the leaves but the flowers power on. I used most of the zinnias I cut yesterday in a secondary arrangement, but several of the deep orange ones found their way into Monday’s vase, nestling among the purples of Angelonia and one stem of instensely blue-violet salvia.
Two clusters of bright yellow Tansy flowers add a final touch.
Many of my designs are viewed only from the front, but this one is meant to be seen from all directions.
The asymmetry of this view looks more formal, yet gives a touch of personality.
Some of the stems in today’s bouquet, especially part of the Angelonia and the dahlias, were not as long as I would have liked. Concerned they may end of out of water at some point during the week, I decided after the photo shoot to trim all the stems evenly and place them into a different container. Looking freer in this casual soup mug, the flowers will provide a cheery presence this week.
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)
Lime green soup mug
Raku ware, unknown artist, circa 1978.