The photo was taken, as you can see, on one of the few sunny days we've had in the last couple of weeks and I have to admit that wasn't today. I actually put this arrangement together to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary on 20th July but this is the first opportunity I've had to share it here. It's a very simple combination of red roses, Faithful and Pride of England, hypericum Magical Red Flame and a couple of fronds of fennel.
Rosa Pride of England, a classic hybrid tea that provides us with these huge stunning blood-red blooms right through the summer. The petals look like velvet. This rose was planted for my husband who is from Manchester in the North West of England - just a little reminder of home.
Rosa Faithful. This is a very floriferous floribunda rose - that's just one stem you can see in this photo. It also has a lovely fragrance.
Hypericum Magical Red Flame and Fennel. The striking colour of the seed heads on this hypericum cheers up what could be a very dull corner. I preferred the green fennel to the bronze variety for this arrangement.
The little brown and white vase is another charity shop find - picked up whilst we were holidaying in the Highlands of Scotland in June. I haunt charity shops wherever I am. It's a piece of studio pottery - the signature is difficult to read but it looks something like Genny Pottery.
I hope you all will forgive me for sharing this arrangement even though it's from a couple of weeks ago. Though I should say it's still going strong - I've been replacing the blooms as they go over just to keep it as a reminder of a very lovely day.