The dark magenta rose is Lady Mitchell and very prone to rain damage where the outer leaves fuse together and the bloom just rots away. I took action on Sunday afternoon – (it had been dry all day but chilly and overcast) and cut all the stems that looked as if they would open in a vase.
I also cut the last of the Sarah Bernhardt peonies and the first of Francoise Ortegat peonies along with some of the nigella and alchemilla mollis.
I organised the stems into long and medium. The longer stems made up the green jug arrangement and the others into the glass vase. This jug is intended for the living room, against the chimney breast, which means there is a back and a front view. I’d love to leave a huge arrangement on the kitchen island but I can see that ending badly…
The rest of the roses and the fillers went into a glass vase, destined for the kitchen table. I scrutinised the arrangement as I ate my breakfast this morning, it has a back and front but its setting is better suited to a more even form – something to remember for the next vase.
I’m so grateful I have the space to grow flowers just to cut and bring huge armfuls into the house
Do take a look at the other vases hosted by Cathy
What a well timed rescue job! That dark red rose is beautiful even though she may not be waterproof. I’ve not heard of her. Is she scented?
Yes she has a lovely rich scent. I found her at the Harkness stand at Hampton Court Flower show.
The combinations of the roses and peonies are spectacular, Sharon. I can’t even imagine having so many roses available to cut, much less any peonies, which stubbornly refuse to grow in my climate.
That last photo with the close-up of the vase on your table is wonderful Sharon – what a joy to be looking at that in real life 😄 Your rose purchase should remind us that we are cutting off our nose to spite our face if we look purely at David Austin roses, which it is tempting to do. Your rose looks glorious with the peonies – I have a small handful of peony buds this year, but still small and tightly rolled
I recommend the pavilion at Hampton Court Flower show to meet the rose growers
I remember the display when we went in, hmm, could it be 2019?
A beautiful arrangement and how lovely to be able to cut so much to fill a big vase! I can almost smell those peonies…
Wow, your bunches are so decadent! How lovely to have enough of these speccy blooms for such an arrangement! Peonies are such an extravagance here in Australia as not many locations are suitable for growing them. Had I such a bunch on my kitchen table, I don’t think I’d get much work done – I’d just look at it in wonder!
Such yummy arrangements with those peonies, roses and nigella…works together perfectly.