This week I am channelling Dame Edna with a vase of gladdies. I have only grown the dainty dwarf ones before because the big ones are too stiff and gawky for the flowerbed and let’s be honest they are really a bit naff, specially the giant ones. But I bought a few really cheap packets of corms at the supermarket for the cutting bed. And I really like them in a vase. This one is called Gladiolus ‘Fiorentina’. I picked all these flowers and there are plenty of buds to come.
The roses are not from the garden, they were a gift from my lovely friend, Kitty. I rarely buy flowers so it is a treat to receive a gift like this. These roses have been in a vase for over a week and they are still fresh and beautiful. I pulled off the withered leaves and new leaves are growing. Shop-bought roses usually remind me of furled up umbrellas but these are really pretty. No scent but still lovely. I am going to try and strike a cutting from one of them.
On the table I have my flower brick with mostly white and blue flowers.
The white flowers are Achillea ptarmica. I am not a great fan of achilleas but this one is very useful for flower arranging. It flops around in the garden but I leave it in a corner of the garden for picking. It is a bit like gypsophila but with bigger flowers.
The foliage is from Pittospermum tenufolium ”Elizabeth’. I used two blue flowers, the pale blue is the’Ugly-nose Salvia ulignosa and the fluffy one is the perennial tall growing Ageratum corymbosum. Actually it is not perennial in the garden because it can’t take frost but it is easy from cuttings. There is a bit of purple Agastache ‘Black Adder’ and pink spikes of Persicaria amplexicaulis. The fluffy heads are from Pennisetum villosum.
Thank you Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for encouraging bloggers to put flowers in a Vase on Monday. Do go and see how creative so many bloggers are with arrangements of flowers from their gardens.