I have been itching to include Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ and Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’ in a vase, ever since they showed their first hint of colour at the beginning 0f September. Finding two new flowers on the dwarf sunflower ‘Topolino’ decided it for me, and I snipped off the only two zinnia flowers (one having been open practically all month) so far, and three tithonia blooms that wouldn’t waste too many later buds by being picked. Bright and beautiful as they were, I looked around for any complementary extras – and picked more sedum, plain dark pink cosmos (a stray amidst the candy stripes), subtly striped French marigold, hips of ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ and some honeysuckle berries.
Finding a suitable container was difficult as I envisaged something fairly short but wide necked – and not a jug for once. Failing this, and casting my eyes over our vintage and dusty kitchenalia I happened on a 1930 or 4os jam pot, globular with a frosted green band round its girth and complete with matching plastic lid and spoon, which would do the trick. A pin holder kept the stems in place, but I stopped short at the cosmos, marigold and hips once I realised that the others could hold their own as they were. These ‘rejects’ were cut short and popped in a little crocus vase and can go in the bathroom.
Having borrowed the jam pot from a dusty shelf on the ‘dresser’ in our kitchen, I decided to use this location for the main photograph, trying both with and without flash – the former washed out some of the colours and also highlighted the dust so unsurprisingly the latter was used. In the absence of other great and small creatures the props are all chickens (of which I have a large ‘collection’) – and looking at the first photograph now, I can see that from that angle it only shows just a mere glimpse of the tithonia. The view from above shows the solidness of that deep orange flower head more clearly:
Like several other bloggers, I get perhaps unreasonably excited about putting together my Monday vase, such is the enthusiasm the meme has generated in us. If you would like to be similarly (maybe!) excited, find something from your own garden or thereabouts, pop it in a container of some sort and enjoy it for as long as it lasts. If you would like others to see what you have found, write a post with a link to this post, and leave a link back to yours in a comment. If you haven’t any flowers to pick, then think ‘out of the box’ – it’s actively encouraged!