My Mom arrives from Canada in a day or so, so I have collected lots of flowers for her arrival – Dahlias because she loves them, Sweet Peas because they need to be picked and enjoyed, and Hydrangeas because I couldn’t resist them.
It’s been rainy and windy and warm all at the same time tonight after a hot weekend. I’m glad my garden will be getting watered and happy that the wind will blow away the mosquitos. Over at Rambling in the Garden it’s been snowing and Cathy has lovely simple Paper Whites with Dogwood and twisty Hazel in a beautiful Caithness glass vase.
Hydrangeas Blaumeise and an unknown, with Rose Lichfield Angel, a dark leaved Dahlia, white Penstemons, and I think a small Echinacea flower. I’m not very familiar with most perennials which die down in winter – by the time they come up I have forgotten what they are.
My Dahlia vase features the Tip Dahlia, found as a big lump at the local rubbish dump and now multiplied many times. It’s a deep red burgundy, incredibly strong and bold, turning purplish as it ages. The others are Eveline, white shading to mauve, covered with many flowers for weeks now, and the red with white tips which were part of a cactus mixed bag, all very big and strong. Iceberg roses add scent and Thalictrum which is almost finished, Hollyhocks, and Salvia are in there as well. Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ is the dark burgundy flower, and there is a single bud of a large leaf Salvia.
With the Sweet Peas I have some blue(mauve) Scabiosa and a pink Salvia.