Here Come The Hot Steppers


I had ‘Here comes the hot stepper’ in my head for days after the first of my ‘Totally Tangerine’ dahlias popped its psychedelic little head out into the sunshine. Suddenly the garden is full of hot-stepping, vivid colours, and so after weeks of pastel shaded flowers in the flat there was nothing for it but a vase of sweetshop brightness: roses, sweetpeas, cornflowers, marigolds, penstemon, and that first dahlia. The jug is from the wonderful Meadows Pottery.


Then I realised I needed to do something with all the white sweetpeas…


In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, so do take a look at her page where you will find links to many other wonderful vases of flowers today.



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  1. Gorgeous colours in your vase today Joanna. I love the dahlia, I will look out for that next year. The white sweet peas are gorgeous too.

  2. Lovely dahlia. Aren’t they great for the vitality of a vase. Yours has the colour of rich, sumptuous velvet.

  3. So lovely. You have created such rich layers of colors–sumptuous. Love how that blue and orange pop.

  4. Your blog appeared right on time today! And your flowers look quite exotic to me, love the pottery jug.

  5. Love it!

    What’s the rose? Looks like it could be Boscabel, which I’ve wanted to grow for a while now.

  6. The grey vase is a great container that those rich colours…and then the total contrast with the white sweet peas. Both are lovely.

  7. That is a nice jug, no wonder you couldn’t resist it. A perfect foil for those zingy colours.

  8. The appearance of the first dahlia is so exciting isn’t it? And yours is one to look out for. You have used a gorgeous collection of blooms and the darker shades add a sumptuous note to the whole vase – lovely!

  9. Fantastic combination! Reminds me of burning embers. Love the sweet peas, too. Is the pinkish one Mollie Rilstone?

  10. Delightful, summery jug, Joanna. And I love the contrast with the gentle staging of the white sweet peas. Lovely!

  11. Two lovely vignettes! The dahlia and roses complement each other beautifully.

  12. I love the close up photographs of your vase – wonderful colour combinations.

  13. Two so different arrangements, and yet both shouting out summer. Love the rich colours in the cool jug most!

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