A week or so ago, I wanted to move one of my raised beds from the back of the yard to the back of the house (for ease of watering, mainly), but the bed I wanted to move, the one with a nice wide wood edge that could be sat upon, was full of mint – chocolate mint, ginger mint and mojito mint. [Note: If you’re growing these specialty mints, it’s NOT a good idea to grown them in such close proximity – apparently they can cross-pollinate and create new plants with unappealing tastes and fragrance.] Out came the mint, but not before I cut a bunch and stuck it in a clear glass vase. I love seeing stems in water – not for everyone, I know, but for some reason it turns me on!
Although a vase filled with green leaves can be appealing, especially when the leaves are fragrant, I thought I’d raid the Zinnia patch to add some pizazz. Might as well use them while we can, right? Here’s the final vase:
As you might notice, I put this vase together at the same time as the ikebana vase I showcased last Monday. Glad I did, too, since we had our first frost this past Saturday morning, and the zinnias were touched:
Our overnight temperatures are forecast to stay well above zero for the next week or two, but that’s what they said for Friday night as well! In the meantime, I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe fall (or spring, if you’re in the southern hemisphere) week. As always, many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM and giving gardeners around the world an opportunity to share their flower designs.