The red maples (Acer rubrum) seen above are starting to show their signature colors as the cool temps of the past couple weeks have brought us an early fall, but luckily, no frost. We officially celebrate the Equinox today, ushering in autumn. However, Nature has given us a short reprieve these past three days with highs in the 80sF (upper 20sC). A cool front passes through this evening, so we’ll be back to more autumnal temps tomorrow.
My favorite aster (also seen above lower right), the lavender Heart-leaved aster (Symphotrichum cordifolium) is peaking and I used it as a base for today’s arrangement in my vintage Art Deco vase.
With the garden still producing lots of annuals, I’ve added purple Angelonia (A. angustifolia), Zinnias (Z. elegans), pink and white Spider Flower (Cleome hasslieriana) and perennial pink Phlox (P. paniculata) and a few Christmas fern fronds (Polystichum acrostichoides).
Another simple vase of cherry-red Zinnias begs to be included. I love these colors!
Thanks to our In A Vase on Monday host Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see what other gardeners the world over are arranging this week.