The first Dahlia ‘Voodoo’ flowers opened yesterday, so get star billing in this week’s IAVOM. I love their rich, red-velvet blooms with a green eye. Unfortunately, the Japanese beetles like them, too, alas!
Small ‘Lemon Queen’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) have opened as well… multi-branched, it looks promising there will be many more.
White and pink Phlox (P. paniculata), hot pink Cosmos ‘Sensation’ plus self-sown white Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) with a rose backside were added next. Once inside the house, they will open their fragrant blossoms.
Spikes of Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) provide a lavender-blue accent. The deeply lobed foliage are leaves of wild Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus) and the vase is one of my favorites, frosted white with etched ferns, complemented by the vintage hand-crocheted doily.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.