As always Monday brings the opportunity to create a vase from flowers in our own gardens. I am lucky that on this last Monday in October there is still plenty of choice for my vases and enough for bouquets to give as gifts.
Again I have enough different white flowers to fill my silver vase.
I was very surprised that the Chrysanthemums survived outside in the ground last winter; the temperatures dipped to about minus 10°C for many nights; but the ground was dry so they seemed not to mind at all – there is some advantage in not having water retentive soil!
I may have mentioned that all the Chrysanthemums were purchased as pot plants sold for All Saints Day (1st November). They are taken to cemeteries; most Italians won’t have them in their housed which mean that on Thursday all those not sold will be offered at greatly reduced prices. Of course there are never any names of the varieties on these pots.
You can’t see them all but there are about 18 stems of Zinnia in my bouquet. I was very pleased with this as it was very stable and balanced; which is not always the case with my bouquets.
Do visit our host Cathy at Rambling in the garden to see what all the vases-fillers around the world have found for their vases today.
Have a lovely gardening week.