Today I was focused.
I wanted to set off these Acidanthera so I chose the Cotinus foliage to go with them. They are growing together in my pink, white, silver and dark red bed. Newly created this year. I hadn't planned initially to restrict the colours but it's working well. It will need some tweaking, of course!
This really didn't want to be photographed. It looks better than this in real life. I chose the Cotinus to match the centres of the Acidanthera.
In the vase:
Acidanthera murielae (syn. Gladiolus) I'm thrilled as I've never got them to flower before. They smell of the seaside.
Cotinus coggygria foliage
I also wanted some of these Dahlias. They are Mignon series. I have them to survey the bees. Blooms for Bees are trying to acertain which colours they bees prefer. However there are plenty for everyone so I've borrowed a few. I have white, red and purple in the garden and the bees seem happy to visit all of them. There is some variation in the shades within the colour groups but they are lovely plants with velvety blooms.
In this vase:
Dahlia Mignon Red
Dill flowers wcich I only seem to be able to grow by accident
Then it looked rather tame so I popped in a few crocosmia flowers.
For inventive and inspiring vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden - In a Vase on Monday