In A Vase on Monday – Frost Comes

flower arrangementEarly Sunday morning, we had our first frost. Saturday afternoon, I spent four hours in the garden harvesting what I could save of beans, basil and flowers and ended up with five arrangements. I plan on featuring one at a time over the next weeks to prolong the joy of sharing them. I really miss having a garden full of flowers to create with and winter feels lean without them.

I picked every Dahlia bud and blossom in the patch. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to ID a couple as they were gifted to me.

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ― William Shakespeare 

Also included are white and pink/purple Spider Flowers (Cleome hassleriana), pink and white Garden Phlox (P. paniculata) and white and pink Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again.’flower arrangement

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.

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98 Responses to In A Vase on Monday – Frost Comes

  1. That is summer for sure! You inspire me, I think I’m going to go out and pick some flowers myself today. Have a great new week!

  2. Sheree says:

    Such pretty arrangements

  3. Sorry about your frost. That is a good rescue job

  4. rajkkhoja says:

    Beautiful arrangements.

  5. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Such a beautiful vase Eliza, the star dahlia looks especially gorgeous. So glad you could rescue these flowers from the frost! 🤗

  6. jenanita01 says:

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of your rescues!

  7. And now the temps will get back to ‘normal’ leaving a less colourfull garden for early autumn…oh well. Gorgeous dahlias!

  8. neihtn2012 says:

    It feels good to come to In a Vase on Monday and admire the beautiful arrangements you always manage to display.

  9. You certainly have some beautiful flowers left. I am actually up north and am also experiencing frost. While back home we are having a Tropical Storm Watch.

  10. Treah Pichette says:

    What beautiful arrangements! FYI, your dahlia without a name is “Tahoma Moonshot”. (I wonder where they come up with these names?).

  11. Dazzling dahlias! But early frost—noooo! I understand your disappointment. Flowers add so much joy!

  12. Anne says:

    I am so pleased you will continue to treat us to your beautiful arrangements over the next few weeks: I find them inspirational.

  13. shoreacres says:

    Your bouquets are gorgeous. If I could add one thing to my life, it would be a picking garden like my grandmother’s. You certainly make good use of yours!

  14. Such a joyful bouquet, Eliza! Thank you for coloring up [or should I say purpling/pinking up] my day!! xoxo

  15. sandyjwhite says:

    Glad you saved these beauties, Eliza. I hate to see the blooms go.

  16. Annette says:

    Ooops, way to early for frost! But your vase is glorious and captures the beauty of the season. Happy autumn days 🙂

  17. Alice says:

    Gorgeous Dahlias! That star-shaped one is amazing. Even though my Cleome was watered, it certainly didn’t last as long as yours. It’s the season of farewells……to flowers, hummingbirds, Monarchs, the warm weather. Enjoy when you are able to…then there’s next year.

  18. Cathy says:

    Oh, so the frost has seen off all your blooms… and it’s only September…🙄 That’s sad – but what bountiful vases you will have for the next few weeks. I particularly like the effect of the white cleome in today’s

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. We’ve been spoiled in recent years with the warming trend that CC has brought, but not this year, right on time traditionally, heartbreaking all the same.

  19. Noelle M says:

    What a summery vase. Wonderful that you saved some flowers.

  20. Always sad when frost nips such beauty. Look forward to seeing the other bouquets in the upcoming weeks.

  21. Frost, wow. So early! Well, early for where I am… I can’t imagine. Good job harvesting what you could, it would be a shame to let it go.

  22. Jane Lurie says:

    What a spectacular rescue you performed, Eliza. Seems early for frost. Hope you managed to save what’s left of your garden. The end result of these beautiful arrangements is a great start. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Jane. Years ago, the 3rd week of Sept. was generally when we had our first frost, but in recent decades with CC, it has moved later. Perhaps the lack of exhaust particulates in the atmosphere this year may be the cause? One can only speculate.

  23. pbmgarden says:

    Oh my! So pretty. Dahlia ‘Outta da Blue’ is outstanding.

  24. Beautiful floral arrangements Eliza! Enjoyed seeing them!

  25. Eliza, gorgeous mix, I am about to search for that Zinnia. And maybe some Cleome! Is your house like a florist? Did you lift the Dahlias?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Amy. I can send you Cleome seeds – I have literallly a million of them! White or pink, or both? Yes, I have to lift dahlias in order to keep them for planting next year. I might keep a few and put the rest out for ‘adoption.’ Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again’ is a good one for arranging with nice long stems and a good mix of colors. There is one that was neon pink – so hot next to an equally bright orange. Pastels, too.

      • Yay, I would love to try both. Cleome I love them in vases. Thank you. Interesting about that Zinnia mix. I have Zinderella started from seed. Hurricane Teddy is blowing by today and not good for any seed planting! Hope he stays away from you.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Ok, will do. I hope we don’t get wind, but we could sure use the rain. Too dry!

      • I have a feeling a soaking rain band is in your future. We got one while walking dogs this morning. Canines and humans drenched. We have 20 mph winds, not too bad and you are more inland…

  26. Anna says:

    Oh that first frost is never welcome or timely whenever it comes Eliza 😢 Ours usually strikes sometime in November but was early next year. You managed to save some real beauties there and produce a most lovely vase.

  27. Anna says:

    I intended to say out first frost was early last year! 😂

  28. We rescue our tomatoes when the frost is coming and the green ones get wrapped and ripen in the basement. You certainly made some fine rescues for this post and looking forward for those to follow. Mary Beth grows dahlias but chooses not to pick them. Maybe she will for tonight.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Steve. I grab as many as I can because they will just go to waste otherwise. I used to cover them, but the zinnias simply can’t grow when it is this cold.

  29. krispeterson100 says:

    I’m sure the end of the gardening year – if such a thing was even conceivable here! – would make me quite melancholy. I’m glad you stored images of your other 4 vases to brighten future Mondays. We need to get you a greenhouse to help with those cold minter months!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. It is a mental adjustment I must make every year. I do have a sunspace, but it gets rather chilly in there at night, sometimes down to 45, so tropicals are out. Lots of succulents and cacti, but they aren’t zinnias and other cut flowers that I love. Looking forward to April already, ha!

  30. Joanne says:

    Wow, if that’s your garden’s last “hoorah” before the frost sets in, it’s magnificent! I look forward to seeing your other photos during the coming weeks. 🙂

  31. tonytomeo says:

    Pretty cool color. The cleome looks like very late agapanthus.

  32. It will be a treat to savour these arrangements. I never knew that I liked dahlias, but they are beauties.

  33. Wow…… these dahlia’s are so beautiful!

  34. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous! Lucky you could get to pick so much before the frost hit. Great idea to spread the vases over several weeks too. 😃 Look forward to seeing the others.

  35. Love the outta da blue and dinnerplate dahlias!!🙂 It was a shock to have the early frost and I’m glad you were able to save some flowers for the coming weeks, but really wish it had missed your area so you could enjoy your beautiful garden longer.🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you kindly, S. It is a kind of shock and takes a few days to adjust. Even the perennials (except for the stalwart asters), are looking tired. Probably why I love asters so much!

  36. ladyfi says:

    How very lovely! We have had a slight frost here too.

  37. Beautiful Eliza but i can understand hiw much you will miss them. Im sure you enjoy the beauty if autumn and winter too though. I so love the seasons change at this time of year.

  38. Absolutely lovely arrangement, Eliza. I love the quote and really need a sign for my garden when I can’t remember the name of a particular flower. 🙂

  39. Meg says:

    What a charming display – lovely picture!

  40. susurrus says:

    Oh gosh – that seems early. Those flowers were not ready to be frozen in their prime. I’m glad you managed to harvest your flowers and beans first.

  41. “What’s in a name?” What a thing ends up getting called often influences how people perceive and react to it. That’s why opposing political groups often use different names for certain things.

  42. A beautiful farewell to summer! I think we’ll all miss your garden, Eliza 😏.

  43. Robin says:

    I love your arrangements, Eliza. They are always so beautiful. I’m glad you saved some arrangements so that we can enjoy them over time. ❤

  44. naturebackin says:

    The bonanza of cut flowers forced on you by the frost is celebration of summer in a way. I hope that having so many beautiful arrangements of rescued flowers helps as you adapt to the prospect of the winter garden.

  45. Maria says:

    What a great quote from Shakespeare to honor this flower.

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