In a Vase on Monday-Mumday

Congratulations are in order for Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for reaching the one year milestone of her weekly “In a Vase on Monday” meme.  Each week for the last 52 she’s been encouraging people to fill a vase with whatever strikes their fancy in the garden or in the local meadows and woods.  I’m always amazed by the creativity and depth of the creations, and although my own contributions never manage to get outside the ‘pluck and plunk’ category they’re always well received and the whole process is fun.  This week I’m joining in again and just in time too.  The last of the autumn flowers are limping into winter, and the weather forecast doesn’t look good for them this weekend.

late fall cut flowers from the garden

The last of the chrysanthemums.

Three of the latest chrysanthemums are still hanging on; an unknown white which has been blushed pink by the cold nights, the spooned frosty violet flowers of “Carousel”, and the neat pink pom-poms of a self seeded volunteer.  It’s nice to still having some flowers out there even after the trees have lost their leaves and most other perennials have died back.

chrysanthemum carousel

Chrysanthemum “Carousel”

There’s nothing fancy about the vase, again it’s just my favorite flowers in a simple clear glass.

self seeded chrysanthemum

Score another victory for laziness. A couple years ago I missed weeding out some self seeded chrysanthemums. This small pink was my reward.

This might be the last flower filled vase of my gardening year, but it’s the first for Cathy’s 2014/15 season.  Congratulations!

18 comments on “In a Vase on Monday-Mumday

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Nice collection of chrysanthemums. They really brighten up one’s day this time of year. I have a white chrysanthemum too that eventually turns pink. Is it from the cold you think? Carousel has magnificent color.

    • bittster says:

      Maybe the pink tinge on chrysanthemums is a combo of age and cooler weather. So many flowers seem to develop pink edges or flushes when the temperatures are lower.

  2. Christina says:

    Love the title Frank, it was a favourite of mine back in the days…. What gorgeous colours your ‘mums’ are. an interesting observation that white flowers often turn pink in the cold, roses do it too don’t they?

    • bittster says:

      Oh yeah, roses are another flower that get that pink tinge. I can’t take much credit for the color selections, chance and the process of elimination played a much larger role than any choice on my part 🙂

  3. Cathy says:

    My conversion to chrysanths is nearly complete after seeing your vase – I love the Carousel ones and the way the white ones have turned pink in the cold, like humans do (well, some of us). Such beauty in November has got to be a good thing! Thanks for your support throughout this meme, whether with a vase or comments on our vases

  4. Cathy says:

    They look lovely, especially in pinks and whites rather than the traditional yellows we see here. I only wish I could grow them too, but they don’t seem to like my garden. Or maybe it’s the snails that stop them from flourishing.

    • bittster says:

      I’ve seen the results of mixing slugs and chrysanthemums…. it’s not pretty! I bet there are plenty of other fall options, even without chrysanthemums you don’t seem to have had any troubles at all putting beautiful vases together!

  5. I have a white one that has turned pink on the outer edges as it’s aged and the weather’s gotten colder. I also have one that was in tight bud when I bought it, and just this week is it opening! I may throw a pillowcase over it this coming weekend! It’s a nice vase you’ve made, too. I used a sprig of mum in mine, but it’s badly behaved– doesn’t want to stay down in the vase–keeps popping up and disrupting the other flowers with it! Maybe floral foam is the answer!

  6. Lovely – I like the white-pink-violet-red combination.

  7. Your ‘pluck and plunk’ method is very effective, Frank. I always enjoy your vases. I bought mums this year, but they didn’t last very long. I’m trying to overwinter some of them, but I’m not too hopeful. P. x

    • bittster says:

      thanks Pam 🙂
      I’ll report back to you on how mine overwinter. They’re supposed to be hardy types good to zone 4 but we’ll see.
      I also had a few which seemed to come and go awfully fast. They looked beautiful, but only for a week or two it seemed. Maybe variety has something to do with that too.

  8. Last here too. Snow arrived, yet the flowers might still be there tomorrow. I like how cold weather changes their color slightly. I do like the colors you have. Mine are lime green.

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