Category: Bloom

Bloom 2018 – Sumptuous Sunflowers

Just popping in to share a little beauty from the summer.

Sunflowers and Rudbekia with a few Ammi, Scabious and Ivy stems. Love how they work in that sweet vase I bought for 99p at the charity shop. It has more than earned its keep this year. Also like how the whites work in the arrangement alongside the bronzy tones. Good to try new combination.

December is flying by……it always does. I still have to get working on my December Daily! But the house is almost trimmed up so there is something done.

Bloom 2018 – Pink White Pink

Here is another of those found flower photos. Taken in August and is a perfect pick-me-up to it being Monday……..

I remember being very pleased that one of the Dahlias had at last flowered and I tucked that bloom right at the front of this sugar pink vase-ful.

Also in there are Ammi visnaga, Antirrhinum apple blossom, Scabious, Salvia some lovely self-sown white Borage and a little grey foliage from an ornamental pear. Such a sweet little arrangement and a good reminder to me to get my seed ordering planned for next year!

Bloom 2019 – The Minimal One

The last few days have seen me sorting out all my photos and moving the last couple of months over to our external hard drive. When you live with a computer programmer backing up is a necessary action. Plus my little lap top can’t hold all the thousands of photos I snap.

All that to say that I’ve found more flower arrangement photos I’d forgotten about! So here is one from earlier in the summer.

I went for very arty minimal! And I seem to remember not liking it much at the time and I’m still not keen but it is part of my flower arranging story so it’s good to document and learn.

What I do love is the colour combo. Those amazing ‘Sooty’ Dianthus barbatus (sweet williams) mixed with the dark Centaurea cyanus (cornflowers) and the elongated raceme’s of the Amaranthus. The zingy contrast of the orange-red Crocosmia sets off those deeper tones bringing the combinations of colour together well. It’s just the sparce arrangement I’m not happy with.

Really glad I found these photos though as I definitely want to try that colour combo out again next year.

Bloom 2018 – Little Suns

Popping in to share these pretty sunflowers. These yellow ones have come to an end now in the garden but luckily I have the photos to remember them by.

Somewhere I will have written down what variety these are but I can’t locate that information at the moment……grr! They are little stars in the way of prettiness and classic sunflower colouring. Not tall plants but they do keep on producing flowers with the perfect length of stem for my arrangements, so I must have more next year.

Right now though I have been charged with some weeding, my least favourite garden job and since the sun is shining brilliantly I better just get on with it…..

Bloom 2018 – Studded with Purple

I was full of woe in my last Bloom post wasn’t I! Oh dear it must have just been one of those days.

I squeezed a few more flowers from the garden though made up of whites and greens and arranged into a hand tied bunch with some Oregano flowers for a touch of pink.

I loved doing a different sort of arranging. It makes your arm ache holding them out like that but it was good fun. And make me feel more like a real flower arranger! I was taught how to make these in a couple of classes I took here. Love her passion for all things floral.

And I liked the background of the flowers against our next door neighbours shed!

The bunch looked a bit flat to me though so before I put them in a vase I added another colour. Managed to gather just enough dark cornflowers to thread through the arrangement.

And although not quite like all the trendy florist’s offerings I rather like how it turned out in the vase.

Bloom 2018 – Pretty Pinks and Sunny Yellows

It is the beginning of a beautiful day here in Leeds, just a hazy cloud covering. After all that hot sunshine this summer it’s still good to have more although there is a definite Autumn chill in the air. Hopefully we can have just a bit more sun to ripen our tomatoes and keep other veg going a bit longer.

Unfortunately, no amount of sun will keep the cutting patch and sweet peas going any longer. They are both all but spent. And dare I say it but I think I am happy to let the flowers go now. For this year anyway. The bees can have the blooms. Watching them gives me just as much pleasure as arranging flowers.

With this growing your own malarkey you have to accept success and failures and this summer has tested me more perhaps than our usual cooler ones. The Dahlias for example, struggle on but most plants have yet to produce a flower. Plants that would have flowered again haven’t and the borders are looking dried up and sorry for themselves.

But enough rambling……

This pretty tea glass is filled with Scabious, Antirrhinum and Helianthus and lasted over a week. Those zingy sunflowers last so well, I wish I could remember what variety they were!

I’m sure I’ll still cut a few blooms into September and I’m already looking forward to planning next year. I’ve been studying the Tulip catalogues for weeks and I’ll be sending my order for those beauties in soon. So not all doom and gloom.

Bloom 2018 – Gold and Blue

When I call in at charity shops in search for more Jack I always look at the selection of vases they have too. Last year I bought this sweet glazed brown vase for around 99p.

The round body and narrow neck make it good for little arrangements like this one.

We may have seen the last of any long stems this year so I am filling smaller vases instead and getting just as much pleasure from them.

Here we have Ammi visnaga, Saliva, Helianthus and Centaurea in both the blue and purple varieties. This shelf is in our hallway and I thought the bright yellow sunflowers picked out the stained glass of the window perfectly.

Bloom – Be Bold

Have I mentioned that we are having an unusually hot and dry summer? Oh I have…..

You would think that all the flowers would be relishing, if not the drought, certainly the heat. But they are not. As I have said before I am watering, probably not as much as they need because I’m trying to be a responsible citizen. I’ve read on flower folks instagrams that big blooms like Dahlia’s are sulking from the weather conditions in the UK and I can concur. I have picked three Labyrinth stems so far.

But I shouldn’t complain even if the flower cropping period will be shorter this year, all the annuals are running to seed like crazy, I have picked and arranged and still enjoyed this whole flower growing process.

The vase here from about a month ago is filled with Certinthie, canon went, the last (really the last) sweet williams and Euphorbia.

Bloom 2018 – Herby Sweets

Still honing my florist skills with yet more sweet williams. They are more or less finished now. But I’ve sown more seed ready for next year and hopefully the year after thats flowers.

I picked Oregano foliage and some Clematis to go along with the zingy pink and white sweet williams.

The more I try these ‘lop-sided’ style arrangements the more I think I like traditional shapes. Maybe it’s just my arrangements I’m not keen on because I certainly love looking at all those florist-y instagram folk I follow!

I’ll keep on practicing.

Bloom 2018 – Sweet William and Anritrrhinum

Our ‘heatwave’ is continuing and I am trying to keep the annual flowers healthy and producing flowers without using too much water. There is a contradiction!

I must admit that I have left the sweet willams to fend for themselves, water wise and I can’t say they have fared badly. I think those wonderful plants as so well established, this being their third summer, that they are coping with whatever weather is given to them.

Speaking of weather I was thrilled to find that the antirrhinums planted in our little cutting beds had overwintered. Antirrhinums are classed as half-hardy annuals, they are not supposed to survive frost. But five or so plants came through all that snow and ice and began producing beautiful early flower spikes. I haven’t grown this variety this year and am regretting that now because they add such a rich depth of colour to the vase and the garden.

My favourite alchemilla mollis was added to this arrangement along with the two flowers. Simple yet lovely.