In A Vase On Monday – Leftovers

Dahlia 'Tiki Torch' & Zinnias

Dahlia ‘Tiki Torch’ & Zinnias

This past week, frost finally put an end to my tender annuals and the long months of pleasure they gave. Every potential bud and flower of Dahlia ‘Voodoo’ and ‘Tiki Torch,’ as well as Zinnias ‘Sprite,’ ‘Cactus’ and Double Cherry Profusion’ were picked the day before the expected frost and put into vases. My house looked like a florist shop, arrangements were everywhere. Shown here are a few of them.

While it is sad to say goodbye to the growing season, I’m ready for what comes next… hibernation, ha!

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

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Silent Sunday

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View of Mt. Monadnock

View of Mt.MonadnockForty-three miles away as the crow flies from where I stand, a view of Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire over dappled fall foliage.

From Wikipedia:

Mount Monadnock, or Grand Monadnock, is a mountain in the New England state of New Hampshire, known for its presence in the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. It is the most prominent mountain peak in southern New Hampshire and is the highest point in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. It has long been known as one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world.[3]

At 3,165 feet (965 m), Mount Monadnock is nearly 1,000 feet (305 m) higher than any other mountain peak within 30 miles (48 km) and rises 2,000 feet (610 m) above the surrounding landscape. Mount Monadnock, 62 miles (100 km) northwest of Boston and 38 miles (61 km) southwest of Concord, is located within the towns of Jaffrey and Dublin, New Hampshire.[4]

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In A Vase On Monday – ‘Italian White’ & ‘Moonstruck’

Dahlia  ‘Moonstruck’ and Helianthus ‘Italian White’ are perfect in each others company in this week’s arrangement. Creamy-white with a touch of lemon, I placed them in a milk jug that once belonged to my grandmother.

Three Abyssinian gladioli (Acidanthera murielae) were added for accent. This is the second year I have grown them and while last year yielded no blooms before frost, this year they managed three. I’m doubting whether to grow them again, as they barely make it to frost. Being a zone 7-11 bulb, our summer is just not long enough for them. However, a single blossom can deliciously scent a room, so perhaps I’ll continue to try. Maybe start them early inside in pots? Anyone else have this problem?

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

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Silent Sunday

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Wordless Wednesday

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In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Light

Even though it feels summery with warm rain and humidity from Tropical Storm Nate, the light and changing leaves are definitely autumnal.

For today’s arrangement, I’m featuring colors to match the season– gold Zinnias (Zinnia elegans ‘Sprite’), orange Cigar Plant (Cuphea ignea) and burgundy Dahlia ‘Voodoo’ with purple Salvia ‘Magic Wand’ used for contrast.

The heavy glass Art Deco style tripod vase is accented with Red Maple (Acer rubrum) and Barrenwort (Epimedium × versicolor) leaves. Grasses are Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) and Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimis’).

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

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