With the demise of the dahlias and any lingering blooms in the cutting beds, finding blooms for a Monday vase has suddenly got a lot harder – not that we need fresh blooms, as we showed in last week’s challenge. Late flowering Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ has conveniently plugged a small gap, however, and provided stems for this week’s vase, accompanied by a sprig of adjacent fluffy seed heads of wood aster Eurybia divaricata. Phyllis doesn’t take too kindly to winter, and although I did manage to keep a heavily-mulched plant alive over last winter, she still hasn’t grown any quicker or flowered earlier than one from a cutting – and usually begins flowering at the end of August or at the latest early September, not November as was the case this year. The wood aster is probably the nearest I will get to successful asters in my garden, and she has flowered well, so I am happy with that.
I don’t know if lemon curd would take Phyllis’ fancy, but it certainly takes mine, with that combination of tartness and sweetness and the perfect ‘mouthfeel’, an important quality when considering taste; with a good quality dark chocolate (Aldi’s 85% is my current choice) a close contender, it is definitely my Number One taste…homemade of course!
We saw some great vases last week without fresh blooms, and I am pleased that everyone chose to accept the challenge which really opens our eyes to the wider possibilities within our gardens. Thank you to everyone who joined in or commented, or perhaps just chose to read, and shared the 8th anniversary of the IAVOM meme. As promised, the names of all those who commented went into a metaphorical hat and blogging friend Sandra of Wild Daffodil, who passed through recently, pulled out the winning name: Kris P. Let me have your address please Kris, and I will post the book out to you – and thanks to Sandra for dropping in* and allowing me to share the garden with her, as well as carrying out the important task of selecting the winner… I love meeting fellow bloggers!
If you would like to join in with IAVOM this week or any other, just leave links to and from the week’s IAVOM post…see you soon!
*also bringing me a glorious jamjar of blooms from her garden which may well feature in IAVOM in due course