We had light, overnight rainfalls several times last week and the result in the garden was gratifying. I was planning on displaying a cute little vase, populated exclusively with multicoloured Zinnia blooms that joyously opened their petals after sucking in the life giving moisture.
Then came Friday, followed by Saturday:
Sunflowers it is, then! I snipped the ends off a massive purple Cleome that had also toppled in the wind, and added a few snips of New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) and some wispy white Aster boughs (unknown variety – they just pop up) – to kind of look like Baby’s Breath.
I had to keep this vase on the porch since the blooms came embedded with bumble bees (see top photo) and to prevent it from toppling in the still strong breeze chose a low clear glass vase with a very wide and heavy base. There were a ton of sunflower blooms still lying on the ground and I cut them off as well, put them in a tall Blue Mountain Pottery jug and, after waiting for the bees to fly away (they needed a bit of encouragement!), brought that one indoors.
Apples that fall from a tree are often called ‘windfall’ apples – they bruise and become discoloured and aren’t sold for eating, but rather are used, often, to make cider. Prince Edward County has quite a few cider houses these days producing most excellent hard cider. These windfall sunflowers would look right at home in the tasting room!
To catch a glimpse of vases full of cut flowers from around the world, check out Rambling in the Garden, where Cathy hosts this most colourful meme.