In a vase, on Monday – Thanksgiving Leftovers

I’ve always thought that one of the best parts of a Thanksgiving meal is the leftovers: a week of turkey sandwiches, hot turkey sandwiches (sandwiches smothered with hot, leftover gravy), turkey noodle vegetable soup, turkey stock, cranberry sauce with ice cream… Last Monday was Thanksgiving Day here in Canada – today I’m showing a few ‘leftover’ Thanksgiving flower arrangements I had on the dining table and in the kitchen.

Yes, I did make those pies – the crust is store bought but the innards is all mine. Traditionally, Thanksgiving comes with pumpkin pie – so I made two – leftovers! – and topped them with bourbon infused whipped cream Oh right – the flowers! Also leftover, from the garden: Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.); Grey Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata); Nasturtiums, which are staging a roaring resurgence in the fail garden; a lone purple Echinacea and its close cousin, white purple Echinacea[ and, at the far left, a lone sprig of Sky Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense). These little bud vases looked very cute lined up in the centre of the table.

On the sideboard I placed this Portuguese porcelain bowl of chard. This is the last of the crop since I need to dig up the bed they’re growing in and plant tulip bulbs for next spring’s vases! Chard isn’t really part of a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving meal; I tried to make the bowl welcome at the party by adding a pair of turkey candlesticks – a gift from a friend many years ago.

There you have it – Thanksgiving leftovers, in a vase, on Monday! To see vases, perhaps more current, from around the world, please visit Cathy ‘s site – Rambling in the Garden.


  1. Sound like a good week of leftovers, Chris – turkey sandwiches with redcurrant jelly (which I prefer to cranberry) are always very yummy! Your little bud vases of leftover blooms look most fetching and that Portuguese bowl of chard looks really pretty. Thanks for sharing

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