Despite swampy weather conditions, I spent yesterday morning in my garden, trying to bring my blood pressure back to a normal level. I let the dahlias in my cutting garden wrest my attention from the news feed and politics. That diversion led to the creation of three vases this week. If the heat hadn't started to make me melt, there might've been six.
Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill' started things off.
|'Otto's Thrill' has the largest blooms of any dahlias I currently grow. The flowers are as large as my hand span.|
|Unsatisfied with my other options, I resorted to using our tiny temporary kitchen to take photographs|
My second vase contains two different but complementary dahlias.
|The first blooms of Dahlia 'Hollyhill Karen Lee' join 'Enchantress' here in a novelty vase I picked up over 2 months ago|
|I filled in with some of the foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) blooms still hanging on in my cutting garden|
|Top view, showing some of the irregular holes in the top of the vase provided to hold stems in place|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Dahlia 'Enchantress', 2 varieties of Digitalis purpurea ('Dalmatian' series), Dahlia 'Hollyhill Karen Lee', Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy', and Tanacetum parthenium (aka feverfew)|
Dahlia 'Citron du Cap' was an accent rather than the impetus for the third vase.
|Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid' provided the starting point for this vase. Larger views of the Callistemon, which suddenly sprung into bloom last week, can be found here.|
|Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Salmon Rose' grabs attention in the back. I sowed these Zinnia seeds about 2 weeks before any of the others in my cutting garden and, not unexpectedly, they're the first to take off.|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Dahlia 'Citron de Cap', Agonis flexuousa 'Nana', Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid', Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Salmon Rose', Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream', and Tanacetum parthenium|
For more IAVOM vases, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
|Vases in their places|
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