I’ve done a bit more tidying in the garden this afternoon and pruned my Eucalyptus gunnii. It has glaucous round young leaves which are lovely for adding to a vase of flowers. As the plant grows taller the leaves become much bigger and quite elongated. You can encourage the plant to keep producing the immature foliage by pruning so it sends out new shoots and that was my aim today. Some of the stems that I cut off the plant were quite lovely with their long delicate leaves and I didn’t want to just throw them on the compost heap. So I selected a few sprigs then sprinted round the garden in search of something delicate to go with them.
I found Sweet Peas, Cosmos, Clary, Sweet William, Scabious and some scented Iceberg Roses. Yes… I know that sounds more like a bunch of flowers from the garden in June!
When you grow your own annual flowers from seed you can choose long flowering plants. This year because it has been so mild they have just carried on and on. I don’t know how long they will go on for – the weather will be the deciding factor. But I do know that the Cosmos and Scabious in particular still have loads of buds so if it stays mild I may be very lucky and see them bloom.
I quickly tied up the bunch and popped it in some water and took a few shots. Then I popped them into a wicker basket and tried to include some of the background so you can see the autumn leaves on the ground.
After a busy morning being able to spend a bit of time in the garden this afternoon was lovely. I’ve crossed another little job off my list and there’s a bonus bunch of flowers for my studio too. Woo Hoo!
Thanks to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday. Why not pop along to see what other gardeners have in their vases today?
I hope you are enjoying a lovely mild autumn this year. Happy Gardening. Gillian 🙂