November 3, 2014

'Eglantyne' English Roses in a Vase

I managed to take photos of many of the floral arrangements I put together this fall, so here is another vase, very simple, of 'Eglantyne' English roses from a month ago.

'Eglantyne' is one of my first English roses to bloom, usually in mid to late June.  After the first heavy flush, she sends out a few smaller blooms throughout the summer with another heavy flush of large flowers in the fall.  

This fall has been so mild that there are still a dozen blooms on 'Eglantyne' right now.  Usually the spent blooms shatter and spread petals all over, but in this cool weather the aging flowers turn brown and dry out in place.

These blooms last well for several days in a vase, especially since the house is cooler now that it's fall.  

The drawback to using 'Eglantyne' as a cut flower is the awful, awful prickly thorns.  I should have worn gloves while arranging the stems in one hand before settling them into the vase.  Instead I just gasped a little as the thorns dug into my skin.  Again, and again.  Ugh. 

After the initial pain, I really enjoyed admiring these on my dining table while eating or walking by.  After many years of looking forward to this, it is such a delight to be able to bring flowers inside from my own garden.   

October 21, 2014

Still Blooming

Even as the trees lose their leaves and other plants are turning brown, a few types of flowers are happily blooming.  I'm so tickled to finally have a Japanese anemone that can handle our winters (A. robustissima, above).  I was getting tired of murdering the poor things.

Several of the English roses are regularly producing buds and blooms, and each flower lasts a long time in the cool temperatures.  'Charles Rennie Mackintosh' looks nice next to the feathery chartreuse leaves of an 'Ogon' spirea.

'Abraham Darby' (above) and 'Eglantyne' are putting out a steady stream of large, luscious flowers in the front yard, plus a few here and there on 'Princess Alexandra of Kent', which is less established.  I have several from AD in a vase on the kitchen table right now, and their fragrance can be enjoyed whenever I sit down.

Perky little 'Harlow Carr' is still blooming in front of violet asters and yellowing Siberian Iris foliage.

I have many 'Rozanne' geraniums scattered around the yard, and they are all covered with flowers.  A few bees venture out when it warms up in the afternoon, but it seems many of them are already going to sleep for winter.

'Totally Tangerine' geum has become a much appreciated long bloomer in my garden.  I am not a big orange lover, but these rosy-orange blooms on airy stems have made a place for themselves on my favorites list. 

October 15, 2014

Anemones, Snowberries and English Roses in a Vase

This morning I cut a few flowers for a vase just before the skies opened with welcome but rather gloomy rain.  My Japanese anemone (Anemone robustissima) flowers are just the right shade to blend with mauve English roses.  At center is pale 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh.'

I also included deeper pink 'Sister Elizabeth' roses, though they don't last as long in a vase. 

Snowberries and sprigs of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) fill out the arrangement, and a few leaves of lady's mantle (Alchimella mollis) make a ruffle around the base.

Although they look sweet and delicate, Japanese anemones generally spread aggressively, so I have limited them to one corner of the garden. 

Two types of white roses had a few blooms open, so I added 'Meidiland White' and tiny 'Francine Austin.'

Here is a full view of the arrangement, which makes a cheery contrast to the wet, grey, cool weather today.