I walked around the garden yesterday morning, secateurs in hand, wondering what on earth might fill a vase that a) wasn’t half shriveled by drought (here’s looking at you, Rudbeckia!) b) wouldn’t drop a ton of pollen on the table (still love ya, sunflowers…) and c) I haven’t already displayed, at least too many times (hmmm..can you ever see too many Zinnias?). This is what I ended up with:
Goldenrod (Solidago sp) and yarrow (Achillea millefolium), growing wild in the yard and not terribly bothered by the lack of rain over the past six weeks, plus a few red-hued Zinnia for a splash of colour. The yellow and white combo almost makes it look like a spring arrangement, doesn’t it?
All I could hear, while looking for a spot to photograph the arrangement, was the buzzing of bees having a morning cup of nectar from nearby sunflowers and Sedum:
There’s goldenrod all over the place here in fields, along the sides of roads, edging the yard. I love it, and encourage a few patches in strategic spots within the garden beds themselves. Adds a great touch of cheeriness to a gardening season nearing its end. Here’s the patch I raided for today’s vase – it’s about seven metres from the front door and adds a nice bit of perspective when looking out at the front yard.
If you’re interested in cut flowers or flower arrangements, check out Cathy’s blog – Rambling in the Garden. She hosts this weekly theme. Thanks Cathy!