In A Vase On Monday – Frost Warning

img_5006A cold front swept through Friday night and temperatures plummeted within a few hours from summer to autumn.  With frost warnings for Sunday night, I was scrambling Sunday afternoon to pick my tender annuals for vases in the house, three of which I’ll share here.

I took down my large Polish glass vase once again and filled it with an armload of zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’), white spider flower (Cleome hassleriana), and cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix). For filler, I used heart-leaved blue aster (Symphotrichum cordifolium) which is peaking this week, much to my delight.

img_4917My orange Blenko vase (a gift from my sister) was pressed into service for an arrangement of orange zinnias (Z. ‘Apricot Profusion’), black-eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), speedwell (Veronica spicata) and tall white aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum).

A simple glass vase of zinnias, a ‘Voodoo’ dahlia and shiso (Perilla frutescens).

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. I wonder how many other gardeners have had a frost?

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Silent Sunday


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Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day

img_4612This is my first foray into joining Christina at My Hesperides Garden for Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, where she invites us to appreciate the best foliage our garden offers at the moment. Texture, shape and color!



Variegated round and grassy, and ferny:

Color and texture:

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Wordless Wednesday



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The Tuesday View September 20

September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

Fall color is beginning to creep into the trees and ferns behind the garden, a process that helps me adjust to the inevitable.

img_4859The biggest changes from last week are the sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) have been decapitated by a hungry squirrel and the heart-leaved asters (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) have begun to bloom on the far left and in the middle (in front of the zinnias and behind the coneflowers). By next week, they will be big lavender clouds, airy and light.

Many gardeners around here eschew this lovely native, but I find it has great merit in the garden if you have the space for it, as it can grow quite large.

img_4863While I was taking these photos this morning, I was graced with the presence of yet another migrating Monarch butterfly. It felt like a blessing, bringing a ray of hope now that I have seen half a dozen this summer, whereas the past few years I have seen none. Fellow gardeners, continue to lead the charge for bringing this imperiled species back from the brink of extinction! Learn more by clicking the link above.

img_4845Continuing to provide color are purple, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana), white, dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), zebra mallow (Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’) and zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’). Calendulas (C. officinalis) are mixed through the left middle. Purple morning glories, on a teepee at the back, brighten the early hours.

On the right side, the white phlox (P. paniculata) is finishing, while the stalwart white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) continue to do their thing. 

I’m linking with Cathy at Words and Herbs, joining participants taking weekly photos of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.

Below are some of the previous views for comparison:


April 1, 2016


June 11, 2016


June 28, 2016


July 26, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016

August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

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In A Vase On Monday – ‘Voodoo’

img_4842Dahlia ‘Voodoo’ is casting its magic over the garden these days and I’m spellbound by its deep, rich burgundy color. Naturally, I must share them!

I’ve added pink and white cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), along with pink phlox (P. paniculata).

img_4839Heart-leaved aster (Symphotrichum cordifolium) provides the filler and shiso (Perilla frutescens), the perfect foliage to play off the dahlias.

img_4837The amethyst crystal Art Deco vase was from my mother-in-law’s collection.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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The Bridge of Flowers

img_4822The Bridge of Flowers was once a trolley bridge built in 1908, crossing the Deerfield River between Buckland and Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. The trolley company shut down in 1927 and in 1929, the bridge was made into a garden by the Shelburne Falls Women’s Club, turning an eyesore into a thing of beauty. For more details about its history and a short slide show, click the link above.

img_4792There is a log book at each end and I’ve seen entries from all over the world – Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

It has become a major tourist attraction for this quiet, little town. Most of the village’s original 19th-century buildings still stand, giving it an old-fashioned charm.

Recent films, ‘The Judge’ starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall, and ‘Labor Day’ starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin were filmed here.

img_4832The Bridge of Flowers is open from April through October and always has lots in bloom, from early bulbs to late asters and chrysanthemums.

I visit often as I live only a short distance away. In summer, I like to grab an ice cream cone at Mo’s Fudge Factor and then cross the street to amble along the garden path while I eat my treat.

We had to run an errand in Buckland on Saturday, so it was a perfect excuse for a sweet dessert and a garden walk. Dahlias are the stars right now – I am always stunned at the sheer variety and perfection of this marvelous flower. Enjoy the tour!

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