It’s been a while! Things have continued to be a busy in the gardens, we have had a heatwave and I have spent my evenings watering and feeling too tired to blog. Today was a bit fresher and I was taken in a new direction when I agreed to do house flowers for a 60th birthday.

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I had a whole garden to choose from so how hard could it be to find flowers for 5 vases? I like to think that I have a good eye for colour combinations but a florist I am not. It turns out that making arrangements that look casually gathered from the garden and placed in a vase is quite time consuming.

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As I said, large garden to choose from but the roses peaked 2 weeks ago and despite vigorous deadheading since, aren’t really up to the job.

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Plan B, a more mixed selection is needed and thank goodness the Alchemilla is is still going.

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I started with the biggest vase as I thought that it would be the hardest. It was also the prickliest as I chose Acanthus and Echinops for height and structure and filled in with airy fairy stuff. Anyway here’s the first attempt.

 

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It looked better than this in real life but it did lack something. I put it aside and came back to it later, always a good plan when trying to do something artistic, and added some dark penstemon which helped a lot.

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I did the next ones altogether, sorting through what I’d picked and whizzing round the garden for inspiration. I particularly liked the poppy heads and I managed to find a few roses in bud. Note the abundant use of Alchemilla which I intend to cut back soon anyway.

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Work in progress and the finished vases. I was really happy to discover the buddleia and the Anthemis were a good find too. Purple Miscanthus looks good with the poppy heads, just hope no-one has hayfever. The day lilies, Hemerocalis,  really finish it well, orange and purple bang on trend!

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All lined up, only took 3 hours! What a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning, the only downside was resisting the urge to pull out weeds and tidy the borders as I went round.  I think that I have found my creative style, informal, which is no surprise. The customer was very happy with the results but I don’t think that I will be changing career just yet.

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