In a vase, on Monday

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.

blue vase, held on my palm, with white Echinacea and a single purple Echinacea

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.

green glass vase with red and pink Zinneas Queen Anne's Lace, Chamomile and white Liatris

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:

top view of the avove vase

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.

close up, in black and whote, of the tip of the white Liatris flower
two white Liatris flowers stalks in the garden with blue Chicory blooms in the fuzzy background

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  1. Oh how ironic is that with the white echinacea!! I like your mix of native and wild and cultivated flowers this week, which show how easily we look on some pretty plants as ‘weeds’ and therefore undesirable – none of your wild ones today are undesirable at all (unless they attempt domination in your garden of course!!)

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  2. The white Echinacea might be ‘White Swan’. Echinaceas don’t do well at all in my climate but that was one that at least came back for a second season here. Seeing yours, I’m regretting that I haven’t planted any in a few years. Zinnias are among the wonders in the summer garden. I think the butterflies know when mine are flowering before I do.

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    1. White Swan seems to be the most common variety, doesn’t it? You’re likely right. The first year I planted Zinnias I couldn’t believe the butterflies! Now they’re a staple in the garden.

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      1. Wow, that is interesting . . . but not what I expected. Someone planted a few here last year. I was skeptical, but they really did come back as perennials. I was not expecting that either. (Many perennials do not get satisfactory chill here.) They are still very wimpy,, but I don’t know if it is because of the lack of chill or because they are still new. I would be impressed if the come back next year. I would be pleased if they lasted several years!

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