I was on my way to the cutting beds to pick dahlias for today’s vase but the zinnias (those project-tolerant ones) pushed their way in front of me and said ‘excuse me, but isn’t it our turn?’. How could I refuse?
Joining the zinnias (from Benary’s Giant Mix) were other blooms of a similar cerise shade, thus moving away from what would have been a singularly dahlia-themed vase to a multi-bloomed one instead, showcasing a varied range of late-bloomers: Helichrysum ‘Bright Rose’, Sedum Spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’, Dahlia ‘Willo’s Violet’, Salvia ‘Neon’, hardy Chrysanthemum ‘Jessie Cooper’, Persicaria ‘Inverleith’, Astrantia ‘Bloody Mary’ and spent flowerheads from Clematis heracleifolia ‘New Love’. The rest of the dahlias will have to wait (with their fingers crossed that frost will keep away).
I grabbed one of my pinkish Caithness Glass vases to pop them into, but in hindsight a darker receptacle would have provided a better contrast for the contents. With a deadline of yesterday (when the vase was put together) for getting 20% off an order with Chiltern Seeds, the original packet of seeds the zinnias were grown from was a useful reminder to put some thought, however brief, into sowing plans for next year. Incidentally, it was the instructions on this packet that encouraged me to sow my zinnias in February this year, rather than leaving them till April or May as is sometimes recommended, and after this year’s success I shall certainly be following the same regime in future.
If you have any late bloomers or interesting seedheads or foliage to pop into vase today, please consider sharing the results with us on IAVOM by leaving the usual links to and from this post. Finally, watch out for the 6th anniversary of IAVOM coming up in a few weeks, involving a small challenge…