This week, I’ve combined yellow and orange with a touch of purple and white, using bi-colored hybrid daylilies (Hemerocallis x), white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), yellow woodland sunflowers (Helianthus divaricatus), goldenrod (Solidago sp.) and purple hosta (Hosta x) for accent color. The greens are katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) from a low-hanging branch that needed pruning and bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum).
The hand-crafted, blue-green, crackled-glass vase (one of my favorites), belonged to my mother, probably from the 1940s. A hand-crocheted, vintage antimacassar sits upon an orange towel matching the daylilies and a small white porcelain dove reminds us to keep peace in our hearts.
Around here, August is the month for goldenrod, the predominant plant in our fields and, if it had its way, my gardens, too. I used to resent it because it signaled the waning of summer and also for its invasive nature. For years after we let much of our lawn go to meadow, we attempted to eliminate it by pulling it out wherever we found it – talk about a Sisyphean task!
It makes a beautiful, long-lasting cut flower. The young leaves are edible, it can be made into a tea as a kidney stone tonic and the leaves and roots were chewed for relief from sore throats and toothaches by Native Americans.
It is a myth that it causes hay fever allergies; it is ragweed (Ambrosia sp. – they named it after the drink of Greek gods?) that blooms at the same time, causing the suffering of so many.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.