This week I’ve used two wild asters for the bulk of my arrangement: blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium), (which looks purple to me, you can see a big mound of it in my garden in the background) and white lance-leaved aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum). The asters this year have been stupendous and they are blooming everywhere! Nature’s last hurrah before frost shuts down garden operations here in New England.
I still have a fair amount of white phlox (P. paniculata) and white spider flower (Cleome hassleriana) left in the garden, though they are coming to the end of their flowering. The cleome are already dispersing seeds, ensuring more flowers for next year.
My container is a treasured basket-weave vase that I bought so many years ago I don’t recall whether it was at a yard sale or antique shop. It is unique in that it has three openings set in a triangle. A few years later, I came across another similarly designed, square, covered container with a bamboo handle, which I bought to complete the set. Both are stamped “Made in Japan.” I saw a similar container on Etsy, claiming it to be from the 1950s. Regardless of the details as to their vintage, I adore them!
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.