I started three annuals from seed this year that I haven’t grown before, but have seen them in various Monday vases and wanted to give them a shot: Stock, Calendula and Corn Flower. The corn flowers have done well and are just starting to open; the Calendula have done well but the stems are short, and the flowers seem to be crawling with tiny, microscopic almost, insects; the stock, Matthiola incana ‘Vintage Brown,’ is also doing well and is perfect for the cutting garden. I was surprised to discover it has a light, very pleasant, clove-like fragrance.
Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. As well as the stock, I added some snips of Echinacea – grown from seed, a hybrid of E. paradoxa x tenesiensis – a few almost spent sprays of Big Blue Salvia (Salvia longispicata x farinacea), a single self seeded Snapdragon (Antirrhinum), several smallish Drumstick Allium (Allium sphaerocephalon) and, to set them all off, a common weed here, Annual Fleabane (Erigeron annuus). It’s not a very thoughtful arrangement, I fear, nor the right vase, but it provides a snapshot of the colours and textures of my garden this week.