I couldn’t let a second week go by without joining with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden where she asks us to share a vase of flowers picked in our own gardens.
Last week I was busy; so although I made a vase for Thursday there was no time to post about it; this week I’m laid very low with a second virus – a gift of my lovely visitors from last week. This morning I managed to go out and pick some lovely different flowers – the first Chrysanthemums of 2016, but sad to admit I really don’t have the energy to arrange them so I’ve photographed them in their bucket and offer them for your enjoyment.
All the Chrysanthemums are full of bud but only these very double ones and the small simple ones below are actually open.
The Chrysanthemums were purchased as pot plants about this time of year. In Italy no-one would want Chrysanthemums in their homes they are the flower that is taken to the cemetery for the day of the dead 1st November. so they were purchased from the supermarket at knockdown prices during the first week of November.
I took cuttings from the original plants but last autumn I left the parent plants in the ground all winter; they all survived the mild winter temperatures so I’ll leave them in the ground again and just take cuttings as an insurance policy.
Actually I think Chrysanthemums take a lot of space in the cuttings bed for quite a short period when they flower, so although it is nice to have something different I’m not really sure I want to keep them long term, I may move them and under-plant with Narcissus.
Thank you Cathy for your tolerance of my late vase. Do visit to see many vases celebrating the autumn season.