With temperatures forecast to fall well below zero this week, we definitely know winter is coming and it’s definitely (because I snipped off the final blooms) the end of days for this year’s Zinnia crop. I also decided to enjoy indoors the final snapdragon (Antirrhinum), final popcorn plant flower spike (Cassia didymobotrya) and the final few Cleome blooms before they all wither away. All are annuals I will definitely grow again in next year’s cutting garden! So here they are in my absolutely final Monday vase that features summer flowers.
I’m experimenting with how best to photograph these vases indoors. I shot this yesterday, lying on the dining room floor (after swiffering up the dog hair…), with the vase in front of the side of the white kitchen island using ambient light from the large dining room window. I needed to raise the vase a bit so used a few of my favourite pre-internet gardening reference books – Dirr’s Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (THE tree and shrub bible in North America), the New England Wildflower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers (THE native flower propagation bible for northeast North America), and the Reader’s Digest Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (just because it’s so HUGE, like a bible).
After I took a few shots I realized the zinnia on the left was facing backwards, so I turned the vase around…
Here’s a closeup of my final few zinnias. So pretty, even as they fade away…. To see vases of cut flowers from around the world, visit Cathy’s blog – Rambling in the Garden.