There have been days of thanksgiving celebrated in Canada since the 16th century, but its current date – the second Monday of October – was officially proclaimed a national holiday by the federal government quite recently – 1957. Like our American neighbours to the south (who celebrate Thanksgiving the 4th Thursday of November), the intention has been, generally, to enjoy and give thanks for a bountiful harvest by gathering with family to eat copious amounts of food, traditionally featuring just harvested vegetables, pumpkin pie and, of course, roasted turkey. I made a pie yesterday and today we’re off to my aunt and uncle’s home a few hundred kilometres west to enjoy their company – and a great meal. While the pie was baking I went into the garden to fill a vase with the most Thanksgiving-y flowers I could find. With thanks (!) to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for providing a Monday home for gardeners around the world to share a vase of flowers, here are Dahlia ‘Wynn’s Desert Sunrise’ (the big one), Dahlia ‘Just Peachy’ and an unnamed orange Zinnia. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
As a post script – the wild turkeys we’ve had strutting around the yard all year will NOT be part of anyone’s Thanksgiving dinner!: