I have planted up one of my raised veggy beds with annual flowers for cutting again this year. But with a startling lack of originality I have grown exactly the same as last year, so I have again Malope ‘Vulcan’ which I adore for its silky petals and I have just the same cosmos,’ Velouette’ which is lovely but there are so many good ones that I don’t know why I picked the same one again. I have even chosen the same zinnia, although I have others as well this year. So the first vase is pink, but I am dissatisfied with it. I don’t seem to be in the mood for pink.
I have put these flowers in a Chinese paint brush pot which is great for plonking flowers in.
Along with the malope and cosmos I have the fluffy stuff from a smoke bush, Cotinus coggyria and also the lovely pink grass Pennisetum villosum which doesn’t die off in winter here, perhaps it enjoys the protection of the wall. I also used a lovely gaura which is white with pink edges called Gaura lindheimeri ‘RosyJane’. In the following photo you can also see a bit of self sown scabious and everlasting, Helipterum and some Persicaria. The dahlia is ‘Teesbrooke Audrey’
The dark pink pin cushions in the above photo are Knautia macedonia which seeds itself each year.
I am better pleased with the orange and hot shades in the next vase which is my trusty Chesterfield jug which always looks good with any flowers I care to use.
I grew some little orange thistles called Carthamus tinctorius for the first time this year so I started off with these.
And then I popped in some of my illicit Bulbine frutescens. I like the way it matches the orange and yellow of the climber Ipomoea lobata. I have always called this Mina lobata but the powers that be have ordained otherwise now.
I have used some crocosmia, some flowers of the bronze fennel and the seed heads of Bupleurum longifolium ‘Bronze Beauty’ and the annual grass Hordeum jubatum.
I have loads of self seed marigolds in the garden but a new introduction this year is Calendula officinalis ‘Orange Porcupine’.
For a little scent and because I love it I added a sprig of Jasmine ‘Clotted Cream’.
The seed head you can see next to the jasmine is from Centaurea atropurpurea.
Going from the ridiculous to the sublime, here are some gorgeous arrangements I saw in the amazing Chateau de Villandry recently. Our Bummel round France took us to the Loire. It is great cycling country.
In fact we did a detour because I was keen to revisit the world famous gardens here and I will post about them soon. But the flower arrangements in each room of the chateau in gorgeus antique vases were breathtaking.
I shall be posting about the world famous garden soon but in the meantime here are a few of the vases.
Oh dear, all these elegant rooms and flower arrangements are giving me ideas above my station or ‘au dessus de ma gare’ as the French don’t say. I’d better get back to my watering.
Thanks to lovely Cathy for hosting the popular meme, In a Vase on Monday. Cathy has been very busy this year sowing and nurturing lots of lovely plants in her cutting garden. Do have a look and see what she has been doing this week.