In a Vase, on Monday – Blue and White (and red)

It was grey, windy and very wet yesterday; at least it was (relatively) warm, unlike other parts of Canada which experienced snow and sub zero temperatures! I’m happy that I took time on Saturday, when it was gorgeous and sunny, to forage around for this week’s Vase. It started with the vase itself – a typical small Chinese blue and white urn found at a local thrift store. When I was walking through the unmown back field Saturday morning I spotted these aster-like wildflowers and I thought they would look perfect in the vase, all by themselves.

As I was walking back from collecting them I came across a stand of tall wildflower that is quite common. In the summer it has green leaves, tall flower stalks with fairly nondescript flowers. In the fall the flowers tuft out like compact dandelions. What caught my attention on Saturday was the foliage – it had turned a deep merlot red – as striking as any maple, sumac or Viburnum leaf in the fall. So I snipped a few stalks and added them to the vase.

Two other blooms caught my eye on Saturday: on a half dead seven foot tall sunflower stalk there were a few tiny blooms. With just a few inches of stem, these were growing from the nodes of larger, long spent sunflower stalks coming off the main trunk. I also came across a few late Gaillardia blossoms – Blanket Flowers – somewhat buried under fallen leaves and seed heads. The stems of both these were too short for the main vase, but fit nicely into a small crocus forcing glass.

That’s it for the last Vase in October. Our clocks ‘fall back’ next weekend; my internal clock always rebels when this happens so who knows what may catch my eye. To see loads of other cut flower arrangements from around the globe visit Cathy’s blog: Rambling in the Garden.


  1. Walking through your back field sounds like quite an adventure! I wonder what that plant with the red foliage is? I can’t think of any plant that fits that description but then we don’t get much in the way of colorful fall foliage in my part of the continent.

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      1. but an anemone would not have composite flowers like dandelion. Of course, there are other unrelated flowers that have tufts of seed that look something like dandelion, and the foliage happens to look like it could be related to anemone.

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  2. Nice fall bouquet, Chris. I, too, have daisy fleabane that self-sow all summer, my newest have a lavender cast due to the cool weather…a great cutflower I like to use. The burgundy foliage is gorgeous!

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