Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
Last week portions of the garden squeaked by without cold damage as temperatures danced around freezing for a few days. Late into October some dahlias are finally starting to produce reasonably-sized flowers and there are a good number of buds. How nice it would be to see them thrive a few more weeks.
After a poor season some zinnias too have rallied recently. Today’s vase began as all zinnias. Somehow it ended up a mixed floral.
The colors might be viewed as autumnal, but commenting a couple weeks ago Chris at Country Gardening described several of these dahlias as almost tropical. Since then I see these hues as mango, papaya and other exotic fruits rather than as fall tones.
Dahlia sp. (unknown)
Dahlia ‘Great Silence’ (Decorative dahlia)
Dahlia ‘HS Date’ (Single)
Dahlia ‘Noordwijks Glorie’ (Decorative dahlia)
Dahlia ‘Petra’s Wedding’ (Ball dahlia)
Echinacea ‘Sombrero Flamenco Orange’
Tagetes ‘Durango Red’ (Durango Red French Marigold)
Zinnia ‘Cut & Come Again’
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)
Red/black raku vase, Charles Chrisco, Chrisco’s Pottery—Seagrove Potters
[version 2: Ceramic Urn Stamped “Vintage 4”]
The flowers are arranged into a small plastic dish which gave me a chance to try out several vases but I didn’t find a perfect container today, but this was less heavy and fit the shape of the design well.
As always thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.
Gorgeous arrangement, Susie, it offers a step back to summer for me. My dahlias and zinnias are but a distant memory!
Thank you Eliza. Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful autumn.
Yes, it has been splendid!
I can’t imagine how it must feel to garden in a place with proper frosts, Susie. One day, you have an abundance of blooms, the next, gone! It must make you treasure your beautiful blooms even more? I totally agree that these colours evoke a tropical fruit platter. Beautiful.
Oh, those frosts will arrive soon and just as you say Horticat! We have a bit of reprieve but our average frost date range is Oct 23-Nov5–will catch us soon. I am grateful to get to enjoy the blooms a few days more.
The rich fruity colors make a strong statement, especially in the striking red and black vase. They look more subdued in the second vase, although the arrangement still has a cheerful feel about it.
It’s interesting how the vase impacts the mood. The red one feels heavier.
Isn’t ‘Durango Red’ a low bedding plant type of marigold? I thought that we planted some here. I do like marigolds though. That is a long story though. They happen to be the official flower of Dia de los Muertos!
Yes, it is low-growing. I don’t always plant marigolds but am happy I did this year. They’ve made good fillers in the garden beds.
I find them to be one of those comforting flowers. I remember hippies passing them out downtown in the very early 1970s. I did not know what hippies were, but they seemed happy.
Thanks for that memory. I remember flower power but never had a specific flower to pair with it. Peace!
It seems to me that daisies were the most common in that regard.
Oh yeah! You’re right.
We are only about fifty miles from San Francisco, so saw many people who were going to San Francisco with flowers in their hair.
I would say Chris was pretty observant in describing the colours as tropical, and your fruity description is very apt. Your use of the plastic dish again really opens my eyes to the possibilities they offer, and adds to the range of vases that can be used, especially with shorter stems. Although the shape of the second vase suits the shape of the blooms, the colour of the first one pulls the whole thing together – so intrigiong trying different vases, and showing us the result! What a shame your temperatures are dipping now – how long do you think your dahlias and zinnias will last?
Hoping the dahlias and zinnias will eke out another couple weeks. It’s supposed to be mild here this week. Yes, arranging in a portable container gives some options and can be eye-opening. It’s probably most effective to consider the shape and color of your intended vase as you style the flowers, but I don’t always have time to think everything out in the right order! 😀
We have had some very pleasant days here too, after a lot of rain on Sunday – good for gardening tasks, and I have been busy pruning my climbing roses. With being more of a plonker than arranger, I perhaps don’t always think about the eventual shape in advance, although admittedly I did this time, thinking ‘wide and low’, albeit with very options of vases with necks wide enough. Thinking of you and hoping things continue to progress well this week
Your ‘wide and low’ design was very successful. I often plan a design but it rarely ends up that way! Back at the hospital this week but no overnight stay this time. Taking things a day at a time and today is a good day. Thanks so much!
Thank you, I needed that! We’re in day 2 of gray, rainy fall weather so this beautiful bouquet just made me smile. The flowers are stunning!
Glad I could pass along some floral cheer Judy. “Gray, rainy fall weather” sounds dreary–on the other hand we are so terribly dry here this year feel free to send us some rain.
I instantly thought of fall colors and how well you did to have them bloom this time of year. I didn’t think it got cold so soon where you are.
It’s mild this week so far. Average frost date is later and later. I used to say Oct 23. Now when I look it up it’s a range from then until Nov 6.
I wanted to tell you that I have had a big influx of all kinds of butterflies for a few months now. I have been really surprised.
Judy, I’m so happy to know you’re getting lots of butterflies! Thanks for letting me know. It’s been a bust here especially the last couple months.
The colours are so lovely all together, and I like the vase you used in your first photo. It accentuates the dark reds and the centres of the flowers. Have a lovely week Susie, and hope the frosts stay at bay!
Thanks Cathy. The red vase is one of my favorites. Mild this week so far and another dahlia opened its first bud today!