Cathy, who is very fond of Rambling in the Garden, has hosted this weekly cut flowers in a vase blogger meme for six years now. Congratulations and many thanks! Reading all the Monday posts has introduced me to a huge number of new flowers, many of which I’ll never be able to grow in my climate, but many that I will be looking out for. It’s also introduced me to new gardeners from around the world – and that, really, is the whole point of this, isn’t it? Cathy has set us a challenge this week, and that’s to present a miniature vase, no larger than 15 cm tall and wide. Here are my entries, comprised of the very last flowers of my 2019 garden.
I brought these flowers in last Wednesday, knowing it would get very cold within a few days. The Tagetes are ‘Fireball’ marigolds – started from seed this past March from plants I had purchased in the spring of 2018. This variety is compact and very floriferous, and produces multi-hued blooms.
The Chrysanthemum is an unknown variety – it was given to me last Christmas in a tiny pot, then transplanted to the garden in May. This is the very last Echinacea purpurea in bloom. I’m not too sure what it thought it was doing, flowering like that in November. There’s no bees or butterflies around anymore to pollinate.
Finally, here’s the opposite of a ‘miniature’ vase – this outdoor sculpture is in the forecourt of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, a few hundred kilometres west of Prince Edward County. I thought of you, Cathy, when I spotted it!