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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95 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Leftovers

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  2. Christina says:

    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!

  3. Love the autumnal colours and your photos capture them so well. Lovely post!

  4. Alice Pratt says:

    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.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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.

  5. Alice Pratt says:

    Ooooops…you wrote you got a frost 🙈

  6. oneanna65 says:

    Just beautiful!!!

  7. 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!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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.

  8. spanishwoods says:

    Oh those dahlias! Stunning.

  9. Laurie Graves says:

    How lovely your house must have looked. Always sad to say goodbye to the flowers of summer. Good thing fall is so beautiful.

  10. Alice Pratt says:

    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! 😁

  11. 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.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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!

  12. Sally says:

    It is that time of year, isn’t it?? You brought a lot of beauties into the house…..enjoy!

  13. Oh, Eliza, I just love this picture and title. Such beautiful “leftovers” 🙂

  14. Kathy Sturr says:

    If those are leftovers then I would like them every day please! (I think I have that same glass orange vase only in cobalt).

  15. 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.

  16. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A stunning last hurrah before mean old Jack Frost starts spangling your garden with icy glitter. Enjoy your hibernation.

  17. dianaed14 says:

    Lovely – great to beat the frost to it. Like the ones with oranges and yellows

  18. Cathy says:

    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! 😉

  19. Again, beautiful flowers and vase. You do have the best vases on the net. 🙂

  20. I enjoy leftovers of all kinds, even cold pizza. In this case I think Voodoo in the white jug is my favorite.

  21. Kris P says:

    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.

  22. Brilliant decision to pick them before the frost did. Beautiful pictures. Hibernation here we come

  23. Chloris says:

    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.

  24. Beautiful end of season vases… many gorgeous autumn flowers. Many of mine came back even after a hard frost as we warmed up again

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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. 🙂

  25. arlingwoman says:

    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!

  26. Loved the arrangements, especially the Tiki Torch and Zinnias, and the idea of hibernation!🙂

  27. ladyfi says:

    Such gorgeous arrangements and vases!

  28. Annette says:

    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 🙂

  29. 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.

  30. AlisonC says:

    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!

  31. Joanna says:

    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!

  32. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    beautiful arrangments as always. Shame about the frost.

  33. Robin says:

    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. 😉

  34. rickii says:

    What a great excuse to surround yourself with beauty. And Yes! “Bring on the hibernation”, say I.

  35. Lovely arrangements! I never look forward to the first frost but our colourful fall helps.

  36. naturebackin says:

    Even the flowers have beautiful autumn colours! How nice to think of winter as a hibernation opportunity 🙂

  37. Elena says:

    So beautiful 😍

  38. Brian Skeys says:

    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!

  39. MK says:

    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.

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