Had I the most perfect blooms, I would have come up with a simple display of lovely white Dahlias, perhaps with a little greenery as a foil. However when I cut the Dahlias and brought them in, oh dear, a few petals nibbled, edges of petals bruised by the buffeting action of strong winds. What can be done? A few petals carefully removed, and a veil of other items to distract the eye gives the vase this week an OK look.
Moving the vase to the conservatory early this morning for better light, here are some details of the flowers:
I like the structure, texture and arrangement of the Ballota pseudodictamnus, with its fury grey green leaves, circular bracts and the tiniest of purple pink flowers. Lysimachia candela has flopped seriously...I'm not sure this plant quite lives up to its sales blurb, another season and it may well be removed. Lysimachia clethroides is doing much better, though not put int this vase. Perhaps it was the hot dry weather earlier on during the summer.
I was pruning out the stems of the Thalictrum delavayi, which still have the odd flower, but had a netting effect better to veil imperfections in the Dahlia. Solanum laxum 'Album' joins the vase, as do a couple of Fuchsias.
A little touch of dangling earrings offered by the demure Fuchsia Hawkshead, and a brighter splash by another hardy fuchsia. Aster x frikartii 'Mönch' is just coming into bloom and with its lovely long stems and large lavender flowers it is one of my favourite late summer performing plants.
Dahlia Gallery Art Fair, a lovely gift from Alison, would not pass a photo shoot, but putting on a bright smile, and suitably accessorized, she is ready to go out there for all to enjoy.