It was beautiful this morning, really warm and sunny, so I wandered out in my shirtsleeves to see if there were any dahlias left worth picking. The torrential downpours and strong winds of the past couple of weeks have somewhat battered them, but I found four that, if you squinted, still looked OK, all ‘Le Baron’, which has delivered huge beautiful pink flowers for months, but with very slender stalks, making them hard to arrange!
The challenge, as ever, was to find things to go with them. Since I am sure I will be picking plenty of seedheads etc. later in the year, I decided to help my Erysium ‘Winter Orchid’ to bloom even better by cutting some flower heads. This plant has amazed me ever since it first started flowering, the combination of pink and orange not only works beautifully within the plant itself, but it combines amazingly well with all manner of other plants, from orange geums and heleniums to purple and blue geraniums. I love it, and it goes beautifully with the pink dahlias too.
The darker flowers of ‘Karma Chocolate’ would have gone well with these two as well, but that is long over, and looking very sorry for itself. Instead I picked some spires of Persicaria amplexicaulis, which tone in well and add some contrasting form. I decided against adding foliage as well, but I am happy with the result, a dose of late summer cheer in the middle of what is turning in to a very wet autumn.
I was left only with the decision of where to put the jug. We have TNG’s parents staying with us at the moment, so the lounge is in more use than normal, making it an obvious choice in the end – they are on the mantelpiece amongst the general detritus, brightening up the area no end.
Now if I can just work out what to do with the rather odd snapdragons I have still flowering, I will be able to add some cheer to the kitchen too… Thanks to Cathy for hosting the challenge, I don’t join in nearly as much as I would ideally like to, but she has certainly got me picking more flowers from the garden this year than ever before, and I really enjoy it. Check out lots of other arrangements via the links on her post – many of them very masterful, and the collective enthusiasm Cathy has fostered is very infectious.