IAVOM – Zinnias the stars

With the rain even the Zinnias are looking fresher and producing quite prolifically again.

There are Zinnias, Asters including ‘Monte Cassino’, Holy Basil flowers and seed heads and some Achillea.

Above a larger arrangement in the sitting room with the same flowers as above with the addition of Perovskia.

With my thanks to Cathy at ‘ Rambling in the Garden’ who hosts this popular meme.

I have been using my phone for my recent posts. Do you notice any difference in the quality of the images?

Flowering in November

I don’t often join with Chloris at the Blooming Garden when she writes about her favourite 10 plants for each month; however I think it is a good exercise to understand what pleasures each month brings.  Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – rescue operation

On Mondays Cathy at Rambling in the Garden asks us to share a vase of flowers picked from our own gardens.  This week I picked my flowers on Saturday as we had been forecast severe wind and rain for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  The winds have gusted at up to 70 km per hour and the rain has been torrential, so it is a good thing I picked the flowers when I did.

Dahlias and Zinnias are still prolific with Chrysanthemums joining in the display.

In a vase on Monday

White Dahlias and Chrysanthemums with asparagus fern and mentuccia providing the foliage element. Crimson Gomphrena adds a tiny splash of colour

As Chrysanthemums are the flower almost everyone takes to the cemetery for All Souls Day it is fitting they are in my vase today.  Actually most Italians wouldn’t dream of having Chrysanthemums in their homes or even in their gardens so I must check to see if their are any bargains to be found in the supermarkets this week.

Mentuccia is one of the few forms of mint that will grow in poor soil with little or no irrigation and also one of the few forms of mint used in cooking here.

The orange Dahlias are producing a flush of flowers, I love their shaggy form and their cheerful colour

I again put some flowers into the vase with their blooms pushing against the glass

Orange Dahlia

I also added a few dark and crimson dahlias to the mix, plus Zinnias

With the clocks changing on Sunday and the bad weather it suddenly feels that summer is truly over.  But we have had some lovely weather in the last few weeks so I mustn’t complain, the rain is always needed and so far it isn’t cold.

I hope you have a lovely week.

In a vase on Monday – and now for something completely different

I wasn’t sure I was going to have time to post about my vases this week but that didn’t stop me from picking the flowers and trying out a completely new way of arranging them (for me – I’ve seen the style used in commercial arrangements before).  On reading Cathy’s post I read she had some completely new flowers, amazing in October. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – a gift and a house full of flowers

We had been invited to dinner on Thursday evening so early in the morning I picked all the flowers that were blooming to make a bouquet for my friend and fill some vases for the weekend.  There were more flowers than I had realised so that I ended up with four vases. Continue reading

In a vase or three on Monday

On Friday there were a lot of flowers that needed to be picked so I decided to pick them all then to hopefully make them produce more for next week when I need several vases for a party. So these are the vases I’ve been enjoying this past weekend. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Jewel colours

Another week of thunderstorms almost every afternoon; so the pattern of our days shifts.  Still we rise early most days as the morning continues to be the most comfortable time to work outside but now there is not such a need to rest in the afternoon.  The cuttings beds are still producing good pickings of Dahlias and Zinnias and it is the Zinnias that are the stars for me today; I love the rich intensity of their colours. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Pink and White

When I was picking the flowers for today’s vase, I thought I would probably make two arrangements, one pink and one white but once I started putting the stems in the vase I decided that I would prefer one larger arrangement so mixed the two colours together.  It is often a surprise what goes into a vase to join with Cathy at Rambling in the garden for this addictive meme. Continue reading