I cannot believe it is the third week in October and there is still so much to choose from for Cathy’s Monday meme. Because I am hopeless at making decisions I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite from the four vases dotted around the house so I have decided to include them all.
First up is my kitchen vase. I cannot tell you how much pleasure I get from having a freshly picked posy on the kitchen table. The contents for this vase were all foraged so we have one red dahlia, a few stems from two or three different chrysanthemums, nasturtium flowers and a bit of reddish foliage. I sensibly removed the stem of yellow berried pyracantha as it threatened to unbalance the half pint jug. Most of these were gleaned from my allotment site – honestly it’s a jungle down there – and the rest from my garden.
In the sitting room it is still summer with a pint jug containing dancing cosmos, Dahlia Onesta, and Anemone Coronaria Sylphide. Oh yes, familiarity is the essence of love and I do love these colours.
Elsewhere there is yet more Anemone Coronaria Sylphide in the little Caithness glass vase. (This vase bought from a junk shop in Emsworth at the beginning of the summer will always be a tangible reminder of joining in this meme. Caithness for Cathy.) I don’t mean to brag but I picked eight anemones from the allotment this lunchtime. The new anemone Meron bulbs/corms have been planted in pots for safe over-wintering at home. I have planted five bulbs in each litre pot (20 bulbs in total) so it will be interesting to see when the first frill of foliage appears. The planting guideline was August to October in pots or borders for an April blooming so we shall see.
Finally I wanted to include last week’s vase which with a bit of tweaking and judicious removal of spent blooms, but with nothing new added, is to my eye looking good and smelling better. I am especially pleased with the scented acidanthera which has now lasted eight days in a vase. Previously it flopped after a day or two but this time I seared the end in boiling water and new flowers have continued to open along the stem, much like Hesperantha, while the old spent flowers have been snipped off.
I love joining in with In a vase on Monday. Do go over to Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the garden, for lots more beautiful vases.