Ina Vase on Monday: the Gaiety Club

Rambling in the Garden

Today I am celebrating the abundance of the cutting beds with the brightest dahlias and zinnias available, with a few others for support.

David Howard is in there again, with Geoffrey Kent (red), Dorothy Rose (pink), Top Totty (purple, and sadly only visible on the view above) and ‘Happy Single Juliet (single, cerise), with zinnias Benary Giant Lime, Orange King and a pink and startlingly bright red from Benary’s Giant Mix. They are joined by Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’, Salvia viridis ‘Oxford Blue’, Antirrhinum ‘Liberty Classic Rose’ and Bupleurum rotundifolium.

I have a sneaking suspicion that ‘Gaiety Club’ may be a misnomer and that it is not the sort of place where cocktails abound, as suggested by the spotty cocktail umbrella but, if the addition of Amaranthus ‘Hot Biscuits’ is anything to go by, more of a club with leather armchairs and sleepy gentlemen nodding off in the daytime – but let’s…

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