I have a used some of my Dahlia ‘Rebecca’s World ‘ for today’s vase. I love this Dahlia because it is so eye catching. The variation in colour on one plant is amazing. Some of the flowers are nearly all white, some are nearly all red and others are a mixture of the two. Actually, when I say red; it is more a rich burgundy colour.
The pale pink flower is the common Saponaria officinalis. This flower, ‘Bouncing Bet’ grows wild round here and it spreads quickly. I don’t mind though, because it is easy to pull out if it gets out of hand. I like it so much that I have it in pale pink, dark pink and white. It is fragrant too, as it is related to the carnation.
The foliage is a from a Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis ‘Variegata’. I didn’t plant this and most of the time I don’t take any notice of it. It caught my eye on this occasion, because the pink and cream edge of the leaves seemed just right as a backdrop to the dark colours .
I try to keep a little posy on the dining table at all times as we eat in here every night, if it is too cold outside. My litle pink glass vase with the snowflakes is what I used today and I filled it with flowers that remind me of the Dolly Mixture sweets I loved as a child.
The flowers are an easy annual called Linaria maroccana ‘Sweeties’. The seeds can be simply scattered for these lovely flowers and if you dead head them they bloom all summer. My only regret is that I only bought one packet of seeds. Next year I shall scatter them all over the garden.
With the Sweeties I have put a bit of creamy Trachelospermum asiaticum for the lovely fragrance.
So there are my two vases for this week. Now I am off to Cathy’s blog, Ramblinginthegarden to see what she has been up to . Cathy hosts this popular meme and she is always very inventive with her use of props and names for her weekly vases. They reflect her artistic talent and her sense of fun. Do go and see.