My vase this week is my contribution with bright colours and opulence....
Hardy Fuchsia with golden leaves Genii just leaps out. With the intense magenta sepals, blue petals and long pistils this has the ow wow factor. I acquired this as a tiny rooted cutting from a major international wholesale grower for 25p when they gave a lecture at Kenilworth Horticultural club. I brought it in a pot and it was planted out in the border earlier year, and both in foliage and as soon as it started to flower it has performed beautifully all summer. Last night we had the first frost and it is still standing tall! Yesterday we even had butterflies and bees visiting the fuchsia blooms. I picked the flowers just as the light was fading Sunday evening, and this morning the light is perfect for taking pictures.
Staring for the first time as a cut flower is Salvia Corrugata...I bought the plant earlier this year at the Bishop's Palace Rare Plant Fair having fallen in love with the deeply corrugated leaves, and the lovely pale tan hairy reverse of the leaves. The flowers are a brilliant deep blue, which closely match the blue of the Fuchsias. I saw the flowers on a larger plant further along and went back to buy the smaller plant. Some nurseries say that it is not hardy, others that it is borderline...it has now been plated up in a larger pot, and I think it will continue there for a year or two, so that I can move it to shelter during inclement weather.
The Jasmine nudiflorum has been flowering for a few weeks. I choose a couple of stems. They are off a rather old woody plant which is destined to have the full rejuvenation treatment in the Spring. The fading head of a stem of Autumn Joy, from one of my favourite plant families the Sedum, and the last element to give a little light froth a few stems of the flowering gold and green Japanese Grass Hakonechloa.
When about to link in with Cathy's Post this week, I see that she has gone for the Firework theme. For lasting non polluting effects you can't beat her arrangement. I wonder who else will have been inspired? Do go and have a look.