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Monday, 30 September 2019

Leftovers In a Vase on Monday

Here is my vase for this week. 


I often have bits and pieces left over from bouquets and arrangements. (In case you don't know, I started Flower Farming last year. I've shared some of that in previous posts). Sometimes I decide not to use them or sometimes I've cut too much. I'm getting much better and predicting how much I need for a particular size bouquet and also what will go together. I usually write a cutting list but I don't always stick to it. That helps me with costing and also makes cutting quicker. The big surprise about flower farming is how long cutting takes. 
Often the leftovers make it to a vase on my kitchen windowsill. 


The pink and yellow dahlia here is Jowey Gypsy. I'm not quite sure what I was thinking when I ordered this tuber. It really is bright pink and yellow. 
It looks quite lavender here and also on the sales website so that must be why I chose it. It's lovely but not subtle in any way. 
I haven't braved using it yet but this week I had a go at putting it in a bouquet. I damaged the stem of this one so it is now gracing my kitchen along with Dahlia Karma Naomi, Salvia horminum, Panicum Frosted Explosion and three sprigs of Love in a Puff (Cardiospermum).

I can't stress too much how much I'm loving Frosted Explosion. If you don't grow it already get it now. It is an annual but seeds readily (I'm told). It adds panache to every arrangement. I put it into everything. 

Here is the bouquet I made for an Anniversary order last week. I hope the recipient liked it. 


I added in some other yellows and some blues. 
This is me checking it in a mirror and trying to get a photo. You nearly get the impression of the real pink colour. I'm not going to list the contents but do ask if you'd like to know the name of something. 



As usual visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday and join in the fun. I guarantee you'll add to your plant wish list. 

12 comments:

  1. I love the colours in your bouquet Alison! They are soft and pretty and autumnal, all at the same time! There are some lovely things in there, especially the zinnias. I love zinnias! I am sure the recipient will have been very happy indeed. Apart from wild ragwort there are no flowers in my arrangement this week. Just wild food! Amanda https://therunningwave.blogspot.com/2019/09/mellow-fruitfulness-in-vase-on-monday.html

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like it. I love Zinnias too but they only ever do so so for me. I'll keep trying.

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  2. Your bouquets are absolutely charming, Allison! The pink and yellow dahlia is interesting, and I like the contrast it makes with the near-black ones!

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    1. Thank you. The dark ones look good with everything.

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  3. Lovely, full bouquet that is so delightful!

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  4. Very enticing...each of your arrangements...and if your Frosted explosion offers up seedlings, can you save a few for me for another meet up. Hope you are getting all the plants in the soil...yes we are getting a little rain but light mizzle only since about 4 pm today.

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    1. Certainly I can save you some. Not many plants in the soil. It's too wet and I need to clear a lot. Planting bulbs in the shed today.

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  5. Just delightful Alison! Beautiful variety.

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  6. It sounds as though you've hitting your groove with the flower farmer role, Alison, and I'm glad to hear it. If I had my career to do over, I think that's the one I'd choose, circumstances permitting. I seeded 'Frosted Explosion' in one of my cutting beds but I've yet to see any sign of it. I suspect I waited too long get it in the ground.

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    1. It's been going ok, plenty of room for improvement but I've made a good start. I'm sure you would have loved it had you had the chance. I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity. Better luck next year with Frosted Explosion.

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