On Monday Cathy at Rambling in the Garden challenges us to find material from our gardens to pick and bring into the house to enjoy, thanks to her I’ve had flowers in vases for every week I’ve been at home this year – how much pleasure is that?!!!
In my cuttings garden post for October I showed you some orange Chrysanthemums as all tightly closed buds with just a hint of colour, today they were all open and demanded to be picked.
I mentioned last week that after ‘The Day of the Dead’, or All Saints day as it is more commonly referred to here, all the supermarkets would be selling potted Chrysanthemums at bargain prices. While shopping last Friday I checked out what was on offer and found the perfect match to the small flowered variety I had found last year. Today I picked all the flowers for today’s vase and at the same time found 10 small off shoots suitable for cuttings. I immediately put them into a couple of pots and put them on the heated propagating tray, so hopefully next year I’ll have a few plants growing in the garden. One thing you can’t be sure of when buying plants in this way is what their natural height will be as they are treated to produce a balanced height in the container for sale.
I used a wide, round, glass vase with pebbles to hold the stems.
As you can see it is a bright sunny day here in Italy; the weekend was perfect, really warm, with blue, blue skies; we were able to eat almost all our meals outside, this is the time of year I love best – lots of jobs were completed too.
Thanks for hosting Cathy; do visit to see what others have found for their vases today, or why not join in yourself, go on! Have a great gardening week, Christina