In late summer, our fields are full of several types of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.), laid out like a huge buffet for pollinators. Goldenrod pollen is high in protein, just what bees need to prepare for the cold season ahead. An armful that had flopped over a path was picked to clear the trail, providing a base for today’s arrangement.
‘Lemon Queen’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are providing lots of pollen as well; they’re covered with various bee species and once the seeds develop, American Goldfinches drop from the sky to noisily devour them.
Dahlia ‘Outta Da Blue’ has proven to be a strong producer, covered with loads of buds and blooms. Providing a perfect match is Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), which is an invasive species here that I dig up when I find them, particularly along our river. I keep the blooms and when spent, put them in the trash and not the compost.
I like to keep small vases on my kitchen windowsill to enjoy while working there, so here is a little combo that appeals to me.
A simple combination of Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) and Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) ‘Alaska.’ I particularly like their variegated leaves that look like someone splattered them with white paint.
In A Vase on Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see arrangements made by other gardeners around the world.