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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I’m so glad that you were at least able to pick and enjoy the last of the blooms before the frost. I know, from past years, that you will still find beautiful things for your Monday vases. This morning was the first morning when it was dark when I got up – although our clocks will change next weekend, this is a real sign that winter is on its way!
Thank you, Christina. The light really is changing noticeably and the nights are downright chilly!
Love the autumnal colours and your photos capture them so well. Lovely post!
Thank you, Rebecca!
All the different shades of orange are so warm and pretty. Was there an actual frost? We’ve had frost-advisories…..but I was sure we wouldn’t get a frost……plants will need to come in, soon, though. Temps still in the 70°s for today…very unusual.
Thanks, Alice. The weather all month has been warmer than average. It may end up being another one for the record books. How can there be climate change deniers? It is getting pretty obvious, even to the least aware.
Thank you, Sandra.
Ooooops…you wrote you got a frost 🙈
It was inevitable!
Beautiful! I love your amber glass vase. I have two in the same color but they are both round. I would love to find one like yours!
Thank you, Marian. I think my sister got this one at Gage’s in Greenville coincidentally! There are several stores in your area that stock Blenko. Check their website for retailers.
Oh those dahlias! Stunning.
Thank you, Sylvia!
How lovely your house must have looked. Always sad to say goodbye to the flowers of summer. Good thing fall is so beautiful.
Yes, fall beauty is a consolation. I will miss all the vases of flowers about the house. Not the same when you have to buy them.
It’s fun to get excited about plants! I just discovered some tiny roots on my Cuphea…brought more cuttings in, yesterday, to put on a sunny kitchen sill! 😁
Yay, they’ll bloom for you all winter. I cut back the big pot I had of them outside all summer, washed it down and brought it in. It is going strong.
So exciting to see roots,,,I’ll be able to put them out sooner than the beginning of July, when I bought the plant…Hummingbirds & Honeybees will be so happy. 😄☺️ & Butterflies & me!
It’s always wonderful to have a house full of flowers (even if it requires a little cold to happen). I think we’re finally in for our first frost this week, though it’s still iffy.
This must be a record warm October for your area, I would think. Pretty remarkable here, too.
I can only remember one similar year. Oddly enough, when I was in middle school we got snowed out of a field trip on October 10. The rest of the month was probably the nicest October ever, even better than this year. We just had to get through that very, very early snow to get to the nice part of the month!
It is that time of year, isn’t it?? You brought a lot of beauties into the house…..enjoy!
Thank you, Sally. No frost for you yet?
Oh, Eliza, I just love this picture and title. Such beautiful “leftovers” 🙂
Thank you, Kim. The best kind of leftovers!
If those are leftovers then I would like them every day please! (I think I have that same glass orange vase only in cobalt).
🙂 They are yummy, homegrown always is better.
Blenko vases are more common down south, as they’re made in WV. They are collector items. Where did you get yours?
Hmmm, I’m not sure possibly Colorado. I have a small collection of blue glass.
Nothing like the luxury of being surrounded by flowers. Still no frost here though temps are falling. I still have lots of cleanup and caging to do. I could not garden year round. Though I am sad the season is over, I am also looking forward to hibernation.
You understand the bitter and sweet of the situation perfectly. While I’ll missing communing in my garden, is nice to have a break.
A stunning last hurrah before mean old Jack Frost starts spangling your garden with icy glitter. Enjoy your hibernation.
Thank you, Peter!
Lovely – great to beat the frost to it. Like the ones with oranges and yellows
Thank you, Diana. Waste not, want not.
What gorgeous vases Eliza. Especially that beautiful velvety dahlia again. How sad you have had frost already, but an excellent excuse to bring all those treasures indoors! Happy hibernation! 😉
🙂 Thank you, Cathy. Not quite ready to hibernate, but close!
Again, beautiful flowers and vase. You do have the best vases on the net. 🙂
😀 Thank you very much, Judy!
I enjoy leftovers of all kinds, even cold pizza. In this case I think Voodoo in the white jug is my favorite.
Me, too. And soon to be yours as well. 🙂
I’m glad you were able to enjoy the blooms before they froze. I usually scoop up extra flowers before a major heatwave too, as there’s no telling what they’ll look like afterwards, but I ran out of steam yesterday as the temperature started to climb here.
Thanks, Kris. Yes, we have the same problem, but on opposite ends of the spectrum!
Brilliant decision to pick them before the frost did. Beautiful pictures. Hibernation here we come
Thank you, Dorris. Yes, more restful days ahead!
What a lucky think you managed to pick such a wonderful abundance of flowers before the frost ruined them. I love all the oranges and Dahlia Voodoo is stunning.
Thank you, Chloris. I worked for hours salvaging what I could. I’m not able to just let everything go when there are possibilities to bloom.
Beautiful end of season vases…..so many gorgeous autumn flowers. Many of mine came back even after a hard frost as we warmed up again
Thank you, Donna. We had a light frost and things weren’t too bad, but a week later two cold nights put an end to nearly everything. Calendula and nicotiana are still going, however. 🙂
What luck to get them all before the frost. I’m sorry they’re gone, happy for your flower-filled house, and know just what a fabulous arrangement you can make with leaves and twigs!
Thank you, Lisa. I appreciate your confidence in me! 🙂
Loved the arrangements, especially the Tiki Torch and Zinnias, and the idea of hibernation!🙂
Thank you. Yes, lazier days ahead! 🙂
Such gorgeous arrangements and vases!
Thank you, Fi!
You make me laugh, Eliza, I’m almost ready for hibernation too. Beautiful vase, the elegant white Zinnias really do stand out. No frost in sight here so thankfully I shall be able to enjoy our dahlias a bit longer. Have a good week 🙂
Thank you, Annette. Enjoy your dahlias!
It’s great that you share this! One of my co-workers was saying virtually the same thing – her house is full of vases with flowers that could be frosted out any day now.
Thank you. End of season bonanza!
Good evening Eliza 🐞
Grazie Eliza 🐞
Your house must look wonderful although it’s a sad day. It’s not cold here but everything is rain damaged and soggy looking. You have some colourful vases and beautiful things. Now we start to plant for next year!
Thank you, Alison. I wish cutflowers lasted longer. I’m busy planting bulbs for spring at present – optimistic for a lovely display!
Now we get to look forward to the arrival of the seed catalogs and plan for next year! I know I’ve said it before, but I just love those Voodoo dahlias!
Thank you, Joanna. I force myself to wait until January before I open catalogs. It helps beat the winter doldrums. 🙂
beautiful arrangments as always. Shame about the frost.
Thank you, I must accept that frost is inevitable!
lol! I’m ready for hibernation, too. Your arrangements are beautiful, as always. We have not yet had our first frost here and I don’t see one in our forecast for at least the next ten days. Rumor has it our winter will be mild and dry (that’s according to the weather folks), but the woolly bear caterpillars are saying cold. The woolly bears in NE Ohio are insisting it will be REALLY cold. They’re right about 50% of the time. 😉
Thank you, Robin. Wooly bears have a better record than weathermen. 😉
What a great excuse to surround yourself with beauty. And Yes! “Bring on the hibernation”, say I.
🙂 I agree. Thanks, Ricki.
Lovely arrangements! I never look forward to the first frost but our colourful fall helps.
Thank you, Belinda. Fall foliage is a nice consolation. 🙂
Even the flowers have beautiful autumn colours! How nice to think of winter as a hibernation opportunity 🙂
🙂 Thanks, Carol. It is good to have a time out from gardening. However, around here it goes on a tad too long! I could do with a couple months sooner.
Long winters to go with the long nights I guess.
So beautiful 😍
Thank you, Elena!
This morning is the first one here with an autumn chill in the air. Hopefully frosts are not here for a while. Enjoy your hibernation but keep posting!
Thank you, Brian!
It’s always a pleasure to see what you create with what you’ve grown. And now we look forward to your cold weather arrangements.
Thank you, Micheal. I have to work a bit more at finding material and there is less of it, but I have a lot of small vases to put them in. Each cold night, there is less and less. I’ll go until the snow flies!
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