Today’s starting point was some tithonia blooms that I had been loathe to pick because it would have meant either short stems or losing the potential of other buds; however, Chris of County Gardening assured me that the plants would continue to produce more blooms, so I confidently went ahead.
Adding the jewel-like colours of zinnia and knautia I was beginning to go down the line of precious stones, but then changed tack once I began adding dahlias and realised most of my chosen blooms were single rather than double. Ditching the knautia, the tithonia and zinnias (‘Purple Prince’) were joined instead by dahlias ‘Blue Bayou’, ‘Twyning’s After Eight’ and ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, and Calendula ‘Snow Princess’. An overhead shot gives a better idea of the range of blooms and their colours, not at all clear from the frontal view:
Clutching the posy of singletons tightly in my hand after trimming and stripping the stems, I decided a vase that enclosed them equally tightly would work well, and happened on this very dusty green glass hyacinth vase which seemed to suit the bill – I really need an inventory of vases to remind me of all my options! Emphasising the single nature of the blooms, the prop is five dice all showing the number one (a Yahtzee, when playing the dice game of the same name).
These blooms are amongst the last hurrahs of my autumnal garden, and the coming weeks will no doubt see a reduction in material to choose from – but whatever the month, whatever the weather, there will be something that can be popped into a vase on a Monday and bring me pleasure. Is there something in your garden that could do the same for you? Please consider sharing it with us by leaving links to and from this post.