My kids bought me a “bag of garden” for Mother’s Day this year – I was so pleased!
The lovely cut bouquet was accompanied by “Hayley Jane” dahlia bulbs and “Summer Dreams” cosmos seeds.
I promptly planted all along a new border I created next to the fence. Thank goodness I chose a “proppable” location, because those cosmos are now challenging the dahlias in a height contest. Perhaps they aren’t getting enough sun, but those dahlias are at least 7 ft. tall, and the cosmos are in a close second at at least 6 ft.
I know this to be fact because when I went out to cut the dahlias for this arrangement, I had to reach far above my head and bend the plant over so I could cut them. Crazy tall plants!
I just went out to the shed where I kept the packaging for these plants, to see if I missed some important details whilst I planted – but sure enough, the dahlias were supposed to be 36-48″ tall and the cosmos were supposed to be 36″. Three to four feet and I’d be looking down on these blooms.
I didn’t have much hesitation in cutting a few for this installment of “In a Vase on Monday”, as these plants are all catty wompus and leggy, so capturing the beauty of the flowers was better in a vase. There is only one cosmos bloom at this time, so I lay it gently in front for this shot and then promptly placed it in a tiny bud vase to be enjoyed in a less overwhelming display.
I’m very new at this arranging thing, so please pardon my simplicity. I originally tried to include a number of “reblooming” iris, daylilies, daisies, and clematis in this arrangement, and really wanted to feature 3 of these dahlias, but the more dahlias I added, the more I liked the solo and simple arrangement!
Hopefully, next week the cosmos will be in full bloom and I can feature that portion of my Mother’s Day gift!
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting the meme, In a Vase on Monday. She encourages us to bring a little of the garden inside each week to enjoy! Please check out the other entries in this week’s “In a Vase on Monday”.