Warm pastel cloud and a silver blue lining

Bouquet in antique pink, featuring an older Zinna "Queen Red Lime"

Bouquet in antique pink, featuring an older Zinna “Queen Red Lime”

Since some of last Monday’s flowers still look great – or even better – a week later, I decided to re-use them for this week’s version of Cathy’s fun meme “In a vase on Monday”. The survivors of the ice cream-vase are: Zinnias “Queen Red Lime” and “Green Envy”, Daucus “Dara” and Scabiosa “Salmon Queen”. Five or six years ago I’d never guessed that one day I would grow any other Zinnia besides “Green Envy”. I felt about them as I still do about red container pelargoniums or blue hydrangeas: vulgar and loud. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the 80s, when all of them appeared in shrill colours and looked like tacky plastic flowers in an Imbiss/Chip Shop/Fast Food Place. (Totally Off Topic – If anybody else was in primary school in the 80s and is currently suffering from a summer flu or in need of a warm-hearted escape from the last few days’ depressing news storm: watch “Stranger Things” on Netflix)

Warm pastel bouquet detail, with Daucus "Dara", Matthiola "Champagne" and Zinnia "Queen Red Lime"

Warm pastel bouquet detail, with Daucus “Dara”, Matthiola “Champagne” and Zinnia “Queen Red Lime”

Back to the vase. “Queen Red Lime” differs very much from the Zinnias of yore:  From the same bag of seeds I have so far grown pale antique pink ones, green ones with a strong pink centre and a few truly mixed ones, like the ones you find when you google the variety. Some of them do continuously change colour when they age. This one has now turned into cinnamon with some strong peachy undertones. The subtlety of the flower is sooo far away from the ones I remember and even disliked throughout my “Crystal Barbie”-phase. And in those days I could not get enough of hot pink and neon colours! The scabious has meanwhile changed from light salmon to pure pale pink. Dara – new for me this year – turned out to be the biggest surprise: Its burgundy deepened over the week.  The other components are mostly younger versions of last week’s (“Cinderella” stocks and the gorgeous rich pink “Kermesina” baby’s breath), plus a mysterious feverfew/tanacetum (its grandmother was yellow-leaved and showed flat, more daisy-like blossoms) and the always beautiful florist dill “Mariska”.

Colour palette in the evening (room in natural light)

Colour palette in the evening (room in natural light)

This picture was the only one I managed to take for showing the colour palette in “real light”, on the balcony in the afternoon. As you can see, the yellow of tanacetum and dill is much clearer and less “chartreusey” when illuminated by daylight or bright lamp light.

Antique pink vase in the afternoon on the balcony.

Antique pink vase in the afternoon on the balcony.

The only other vase I put together today also features some candidates from last week: Eleagnus branches I picked up from the Panke river. (Thanks again Cathy for ID-ing it for me). The star-shaped blossoms are a Delphinium grandiflorum I raised from seed this spring. It’s supposed to be “Blue Butterfly” but looks much more purplish lilac than the pictures I’ve seen online. And I can’t recall if I have ever seen it in real life. Whatever it is, I like it a lot (as do the bumblebees) and will definitely collect seed from the unexpected bi-coloured beauty.

Silver-blue bouquet: Unknown Eleagnus, Delphiniums, Sweet Peas and a Love-in-a-mist

Silver-blue bouquet: Unknown Eleagnus, Delphiniums, Sweet Peas and a Love-in-a-mist

The other blossoms: More “Blue Wonders” (all my other Sweet Peas are still lagging behind) and the first Nigella from a “Persian Jewels” mix. Which turned out to be very small and not what I expected, colourwise – white with blue tips.

Nigella, Eleagnus, Delphinium and Sweet Peas.

Nigella, Eleagnus, Delphinium and Lathyrus “Blue Wonder”.

That’s it for this Monday. I will probably not be able to join next week, since the admin of this house has scheduled a painter to re-do all our window frames on Monday and Tuesday, which not only means that I have to dismantle/rearrange half of the balcony, but also everything currently standing on the ledge in front of my kitchen. Grrrrr! Oh well. It will take only two days (in working hours time) and will not cost me a cent. But since my little 5th floor cottage garden grows in all directions by now, cutting needs to be done and insect houses to be moved, which I seriously dislike.

Anyways: I wish everyone a great week of high summer!


7 thoughts on “Warm pastel cloud and a silver blue lining

  1. Those flowers really have lasted well – putting things in a vase makes it easier to observe up close how some flowers develop. I really love those colours in that vase. And blue is always a winner – the Delphinium flowers are a beautiful shape. I might try growing them next year as they are quite eye-catching. 🙂


  2. I really enjoyed the discourse as you told us about the blooms you have used, including thise linking to your childhood. Some things are so ingrained that it takes a while for us to realise what we are missing out on – for example, it is only rcently I have wanted to grow tulips! However, I especially enjoy seeing what you have been able to use, with the restrictions you have in terms of your balcony and local foraging – and with such great results as both vases are gorgeous!


    • Thank you Cathy! I had sort of mixed feelings about tulips too, until I visited the annual Tulipan show here in Berlin and discovered the variety of colours and shapes wich are available now. I also wasn’t aware that a lot of them are scented.

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  3. I’m impressed by the variety of flowers you grow on a balcony. The zinnias are lovely and their color-shifting proclivities are wonderful – my own zinnias look mundane by comparison.


    • Thanks Kris! Sorry I noticed your comment so late. I’ve been neglecting this blog for a while. Zinnias are fun, there’s so much variety now. I will try “Aztec Burgundy Bicolor” next year. Can’t wait!



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