It’s a long weekend in most Canadian provinces – an extra day to enjoy the summer, and reason enough to put together two small vases of flowers from my garden. If you’d like to see cut flowers in vases from around the world, visit Cathy’s blog – Rambling in the Garden.
I have a ton of the usual purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, and also a growing number of an unknown white variety that somehow appeared about 10 years ago. Honestly, I can’t remember buying it – perhaps it was a gift… Anyway, a neighbour has long admired them and, last fall, I wrapped duct tape strips around a half dozen or so white Echinacea flower stalks. This past April I dug up those clumps for him. Fast forward to last Friday when he and his wife were coming for dinner. I put together this vase of almost all white coneflowers, mainly for him to enjoy. Imagine my chagrin and embarrassment when he reported that every single one of the transplants has bloomed purple this summer! Oh well.
My second vase has more variety, and is the first of the year to feature the wonderful Zinnia! My six by six foot plot of seed started plants is now awash in colour so you should expect to see them until frost.
Adding volume to this Hyacinth vase of flowers are cuttings from two white, non native, wildflowers very common here – Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) and a type of chamomile – it just appeared in the kitchen garden this year, a wind blown seed. You can see it better from this top view:
Also added, for a spike of white height, is this Liatris – I don’t know what variety. I just like it so collect and scatter seed all over.