In a childhood favourite book of mine, ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by L.M.Montgomery, Anne declared: ‘I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers’. I have to agree with her, October is a magical month. We have had crisp, sunny days and flowers which go on and on blooming , and added to this the leaves are on fire with the most brilliant colours. Time to do an autumn vase to celebrate the beauty of the season.
I am always extolling the virtues of the glorious Forest Pansy, Cercis canadensis which is a wonderful deep red all summer and has now taken on the most amazing autumn tints. Unfortunately, it is quite brittle and easily damaged by clumsy men with lawn mowers. Alright, it is probably my fault, I did plant it too close to the edge and I am in fact, very grateful to the man on the mower. Particularly as he is so suspicious of outdoors. Anyway, I have now extended the bed so that accidents can be avoided in future. But as the two branches were broken, they were crying out to be put in a vase. They are luminous where the light catches them.
The red leaves of Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia were a great match.
I hate Pyracantha for its viciousness and the way it grabs me whenever I walk past, but the orange berries are a delight.
The fluffy seed heads of Clematis tangutica create a frothy effect.
For autumn coloured flowers I have used a late flowering Kniphofia rooperi, two dahlias:’Nescio’ and the lovely orange species Dahlia coccinea which has grown very tall.
I used some yellow-flowered Heliopsis which is a very invasive , but useful for picking.
There are a few marigolds and some sprays of my beloved Alcalthaea suffrutescens ‘Park Allee’. This has now built up to the size of a shrub and goes on and on blooming. I have sent off some rooted cuttings to some of you. If I promised you some and have still not sent you one, please remind me.
Thank you Cathy at RamblingintheGarden. Everyone enjoys taking part in this meme. If you haven’t joined in yet, all you have to do is find flowers from your garden and pop them in a vase to share with us.