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Summer Annuals

The flowers took a while to get into full swing this year and it was August before I felt that there were an abundance of flowers to cut. It's a complete joy to be able to pick something from the garden every day, whether it's a handful of sweet peas or a bigger bunch for a more ambitious display.

Home grown flowers
A bunch of 'just gathered from the garden' flowers

Larkspur 'Misty Lavender' tops my list of the annuals that I have grown this summer. It has a gorgeous, muted lavender colour which manages to be quite vintage in feel. In the flower press, it fades to a soft grey which is an unusual colour for a pressed flower. I like it this way but will also be microwave pressing some to preserve more of it's lavender hue.

Larkspur
Larkspur 'Misty Lavender'

I've grown a lot of cornflowers this year in traditional blue but also some white and pink ones to ring the changes.

Summer annuals
Cornflowers, sweet peas, scabious, triplet lilies and cosmos.

Statice (Limonium) makes a lovely cut flower but is also grown to use a a dried flower as it keeps its vibrant colour well after drying. I bought a mixed pack of 'bright shades' but apart from a deep blue one they are all white or lilac. They do seem to be toning in nicely with my larkspur and cornflowers so I shouldn't complain.

Colourful annuals
Statice with cornflowers and cosmos.

 

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