No prizes for guessing what this vase alludes to: yes, fireworks! As I write this post, the day before it appears, there is indeed an occasional, whizz, flash or bang outside and a smell of smoke in the air outside as various neighbours mark November 5th and Guy Fawkes with fireworks and bonfires. My fireworks are just as pretty and will last more than the few minutes or even mere seconds of those that have to be lit to perform.
Providing today’s spectacle we have:
– a lemon yellow cactus dahlia grown from seed, giving the largest burst of colour
– Salvia ‘Neon’, its pink sparks shining even brighter despite its long flowering season
– Persicaria ‘Blackfield’, still shooting those red blooms skywards
– starry Astrantia ‘Buckland’, lighting up the late autumnal garden
– Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Glow’, glowing still
– towering purple-blue streaks of Salvia ‘Amistad’
– the last few red embers of Alonsoa ‘Scarlet’
– pastel starbursts of scabiosa, seed grown and courtesy of Chloris
– pink heuchera rockets
– streaks and spots from seedheads of crocosmia and Japanese anemone
– star-bangled bursts of allium seed heads
– a sky-filled flash and sparkle of Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’
I had intended to use some cornus stems too but so immersed was I in discovering suitable firework blooms that I forgot till after the photos were taken – and having already taken them against a pink background before realising that night-time black would be more appropriate I was not going to repeat the session for s third time. Do you agree that black was the better choice? Just in case anyone is in any doubt about the contents of the jug, the accompanying advertising flyer makes it absolutely clear.
So, no prizes for recognising the fireworks today, but there will be a prize draw next week for everyone who creates a vase on Monday and leaves the appropriate comments and links – because next week it is the fourth anniversary of IAVOM, yes, four years of Monday vases! You are challenged to create your anniversary contribution in something other than a vase – without giving any suggestions, just have a look round your homes and gardens and be as inventive as you can. I haven’t yet decided on my choice of container or even if I will use any container at all, but hopefully it will be a fitting tribute to the meme and its success. So, for this week vases and jam jars are fine – just find what you can in your gardens, whether slim autumnal pickings from the northern hemisphere or abundant spring blooms from southern climes, and pop it in your vases as usual.