My vase this week is one of a pair of glass milk jugs I’ve had lying around for a while. I don’t recall how they came into the house; likely they were the spoils of an afternoon spent visiting antique shops here in the County. There is no dairy by this name any longer, and the phone number on the front gives an indication how old the bottle is! I like the logo, and the map of our County is a pretty accurate depiction of its shape! Here’s the entire jug:
The flowers I chose had to be tall, so I snipped a few Cleome. Did you know the leaves and stalk are seriously sticky? Ugh! I can only guess it’s a defense mechanism to keep crawling, hungry insects off. I added a few Zinnia from the cutting garden and, as an afterthought, a lone spike of Viper’s Bugloss, or Blueweed – Echium vulgare. You may have guessed it’s in the borage family, and I love the blue flowers, but it was growing on a patio area so I needed to pull it out. Usually we see this biennial European native along the gravelly sides of the road.
Grey Coneflower, or Prairie Coneflower – Ratibida pinnata – is having a good year, adding tall, cheerful yellowness all over the place, including as a backdrop to the vase, which is sitting atop our well cover.
Speaking of Ratibida – a large stalk growing in the kitchen garden fell over this week, half smothering the beans. I cut it off at the base and then shortened its multitude of flower stalks. Here they are in a jar on the back porch. Yes, that’s all from a single stalk!
And here’s a funky shot of the Zinnia bed:
Humid, hot air with not nearly enough rain continues to dominate the weather headlines in this part of the country. No real complaints though – autumn is just a month away, followed, of course, by winter! To see vases of flowers from all over the world (and to see photos of a truly wonderful garden), check out Cathy’s site – Rambling in the Garden.