IAVOM-Small Treasures

Salvia, Viola, VeronicaOur first light frost came two weeks ago and since then, there have been several more, slowly ending the garden season this year. While the annuals are the first to go, those near the warmth of the paved driveway and stonewall beds that retain heat have lingered a bit longer.

SalviaGleaning what few blossoms that remain, I picked this little bouquet of jewel-toned beauties – Salvia ‘Black and Blue,’ deep pink Speedwell (Veronica spicata) and Hearts-ease (Viola tricolor) to put in a small silver antique bud vase. I’ve put it in the window above the kitchen sink where I can treasure these last blooms of the year.

Two chrysanthemums that I overwintered in the garage were planted out this spring and have produced well, so I picked a few sprigs to put in my little Lenox vase.

I thank Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts the meme In a Vase on Monday, for hosting another garden season of sharing arrangements each week with gardeners all other the world.

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91 Responses to IAVOM-Small Treasures

  1. Anne says:

    What an excellent idea to put these precious blooms in your kitchen!

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Oh The Johnny Jumps Ups are so stunningly fragile and beautiful ! I used to grow them. They actually never died where I used to live, all year long, unless I gave them too much fertilizer.

  3. Those are very pretty! I like the idea of ‘a garden in a vase’ ..

  4. Our dahlias still have a couple of persistent blooms but most everything else is gone aside from some asters. My two yard flower highlights of the year were fringed gentians and yellow lady’s slippers purchased from Nasami. You put together a lovely posy with the three purple beauties.

  5. jenanita01 says:

    Lovely display, as always, Eliza… but those cute little pansies (heartsease) completely stole the show!

  6. I particularly love those blues

  7. Vicki says:

    That purple and vivid blues look gorgeous, but I do like the Chrysanthamems too. I have a photo of the same (or similar) Salvia, so now I know where to start looking to identify my image.

    You must have an amazing collection of vases. They are all so different and certainly suit all the flowers that you grow.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Vicki. My vase collection numbers well over 100! I started collecting them over 50 years ago :o! Even though I don’t need more, when I come across a special one, I can’t resist. There are worse addictions. 😉

  8. Alice says:

    Lingering….only to must let go…’till Spring arrives again….but fortunately there are many blooms to enjoy before then…Paper-whites, Amaryllis, Poinsettias, Primroses. We haven’t had a frost, yet, not far east of you.

  9. I love those deep violet colors Eliza. I have found that the flowers of September and October are deeper in color than in the summer months. It makes me feel like they are giving us their best last hurrah before they leave us. All I have left are a few roses. Happy week to you!

  10. Nice. 🙂 The last plants standing here are two New England Asters that are still looking pretty good.

  11. Treah Pichette says:

    Ah, the kitchen window sill…..the last place to be graced with the last flowers…..kind of like shrines! (Mine currently has one last brilliant pink zinnia & some gentian sage.)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I know what you mean, sacred space for the first and last of the season vases. Although, all small pieces find their way there all summer to be appreciated up close. 🙂

  12. Late full gems. The mums are especially pretty. My nasturtiums are still going strong. If we have had a frost, it’s been very light. Of course, in the woods we are protected.

  13. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Lovely. I love heartsease

  14. Such beautiful treasures!

  15. Jane Lurie says:

    I love relaxing with your flowers, Eliza. The lush purples and blues are wonderful and I love that little pansy greeting me in the first. And your bold reds and whites work beautifully together.

  16. Very Nice Eliza! Always like seeing your flowers! They are beautiful!

  17. Sweet endings, a garden dessert for the end of your season. When do you plant the Johnny Jumps Ups? I only know them as winter annuals.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Amy. The JJUs self-sow freely and I don’t discourage them. I let them do their thing and they never disappoint. I even had a couple along the stone walkway this year.

  18. Kris P says:

    Both vases are wonderful. You have pansies in October! (Actually, I’ve noticed that they’ve just appeared in garden centers here but it’s foolish to plant any as the Santa Ana winds aren’t done with us yet.) I’d love to grow Chrysanthemums but they really don’t like our summers.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Kris. Viola tricolor self-sows freely all over my gardens and I let them do as they please. Though they flower all summer here, the shoulder-seasons are when they shine. I love V. cornuta as well, but they tend to cross themselves into oblivion after a few years.

  19. tidalscribe says:

    I love all those shades of purple, violas are one of my favourites.

  20. Val Boyko says:

    The blues and purples shine so brightly in the Autumn sun and against vibrant blue skies. Lovely captures Eliza 💕

  21. A wonderful ending to the season and thank you for sharing your beautiful flowers, garden and spectacular vases throughout the seasons!🙂

  22. ladyfi says:

    So very lovely!

  23. Chloris says:

    So pretty, that salvia us one of my favourites.

  24. spanishwoods says:

    Oh that little viola!! What a beautiful shot Eliza.

  25. John says:

    Really pretty

  26. pbmgarden says:

    Gorgeous colors in that first vase!

  27. Irene says:

    Lovely flowers. We should be getting a frost tonight. We will see what things look like in the morning. 😉

  28. Jewels says:

    Both of these are so beautiful, Eliza! ❤

  29. Great arrangements ! Love the purple

  30. Robin says:

    I love those blues and purples. So beautiful. ♥♥♥

  31. Frost already? I am definitely not looking forward to this. Thank you for sharing your final blossoms of the season. So refreshing to see!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Donna! We’ve had several light frosts, but no hard frost yet, which is unusual. Won’t complain about that, though! Thanks for your visit.

  32. Cathy says:

    What beautiful colours Eliza! We have also had a couple of light frosts and the annuals are gradually being cut back. Enjoy these last days of flowers!

  33. Jet Eliot says:

    I love how Zen your arrangements are, Eliza. I especially like the purple bouquet with the three stabilizing leaves and the deep purple hues…and the adorable faces of the Johnny Jump Ups smiling throughout.

  34. Once, in a fit of frustration, I wrote that all I knew how to do was arrange flowers. I am the go to flower arranger of my family. Have a party? I arrange flowers. The dog died? I arrange flowers. It felt like such a trivial pursuit–but even then, I sat and arranged flowers. They are so magnificently stunning and it truly is creating art. Looking at your arrangements reminds me of this. There is so much peace in stringing all those blossoms together, and it truly is a gift. I find we don’t take it seriously enough, but when I read through your blogs, it really is so genuinely comforting to see how you embrace and run with this art. I love it. Thank you, as always, for sharing. ❤

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Aw, thanks for the beautiful comment, Shayleene. I’ve been arranging flowers since I could walk, it seems. There is a meditation to it, picking the flowers, trimming them for the vase, then the satisfaction of looking at this ephemeral piece of art as it fades. It is as well a lesson in non-attachment and acceptance of death as a part of life. Another beautiful thing that we share!

  35. Eliza, I did the very same thing with the last rose of the season … I put her in my kitchen on the window sill above my sinks. It’s sad when the gardens go to sleep. I’m gazing out at my gardens and trees as much as I can drinking everything up that I can. I love your flower arrangements. My favorite one is the purple one. My soul just sighed ….

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you very much, Amy. We do love our gardens so much, it’s hard to say farewell until spring.

      • I still have some flowers going, Eliza. And some of my crazy ground cover roses that insist on climbing are still blooming as well. I’m making my daily garden drinks very long …. I hear the “s” word is coming soon. *sigh*

  36. dill says:

    nice ta ta till next ttime flowers

  37. Beautiful purple variations. The second reminds me of one of my winter & fall landscapes … same colors!

  38. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, I think I like the rich blue more than the white chrysanthemums. That never happens. I so like white.

  39. naturebackin says:

    Those deep purple and blue tones are fantastic.

  40. Maria says:

    Love the colors, and the Violas are stunning. I was reading about Pansies too, and how they differ from the Violas.

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