In a Vase, on Monday – Summer into Fall

It’s Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada – a holiday where we all (aside from those who don’t eat meat) cram our bellies with a lot of turkey, cranberry sauce and various vegetables to celebrate the fall harvest. Plus pumpkin pie. With whipping cream. I put together today’s vase not so much to celebrate the harvest (I’m sure you’ll see oodles of photos using that theme), but with the approaching winter in mind, and called it Summer into Fall. It features the last of summer’s fiery red zinnias, asters that started to bloom in late summer, tips from a tall ornamental grass that is a highlight of the fall garden plus dried flower/seed stalks from Siberian Iris – a memory of spring and reminder that in just Six Short Months we will once again start to revel in warmer temperatures. (Is that a run-on sentence?)

The vase likely started life in a flower shop, used to deliver a bouquet of posies for mother’s day or some other celebration. I paid 50 cents for it a local thrift shop.

It was a perfect autumn day yesterday – sunny, cool and windy. Great for outdoor work, not so great for flower photography!

After last weekend’s frost most growth has stopped – zinnia buds remain unopened, marigold foliage has turned black, calla leaves are yellowing, beckoning me to pull the bulbs (or tubors) and store them safely indoors for the winter. There’s a few cherry tomatoes and some chard still to harvest (plus the winter squash) but the garden over all is really winding down. Heavy sigh.

Thanks, as always, to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this weekly collection of flower vase creations!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving! I somehow never realized that Canada’s observance was so much earlier than the US holiday but then the difference in our seasons may be at the foundation of that distinction. Despite the shorter days it doesn’t feel all that much like fall here, at least not in southern California. I love the red zinnias. (For some reason I got just 2 plants flowering in that color this year.)

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    1. The neat thing about our two Thanksgivings is I get a big turkey dinner today, just finished….yum….AND in another six weeks get ANOTHER big turkey dinner with American relatives. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฆƒ

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  2. Heavy sigh, winter will be over before you know it. I never realized Canadians had Thanksgiving?! go figure and so similar to the US a month later. I hope you had a lovely dinner and loved your flowers. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  3. That colour combination is wonderful! I am joining you with that deep sigh. We had an unexpected warm spell recently but the nights are cold here too, and very light frosts have already stopped a few plants in their tracks. Enjoy those last precious flowers and your Thanksgiving celebrations. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Did you notice how much the second picture looks like an illustration from one of those old gardening books from decades ago? That is pretty rad. Of course, the brighter colors and contrasts in the other pictures are pretty sweet too. I am sorry I missed it last week.

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