My intention was to base my vase today on the one sunflower that decided to bloom. Out there, secateurs in hand, I saw that there were many buds forming down the stem. Couldn’t go there. Instead, I cheated a bit and started with the dill left over from a pickling project. It came from the grocery store, not my garden. You will forgive that little indiscretion, won’t you?
It’s been said that a good way to test out plant combinations is to make a bouquet of the plants being considered. I’m turning that concept on its head and choosing plants that are looking good in the garden to put in my vase: a purple aster passalong (noid) with Helianthum maximilianii.
I have Solidago ‘Fireworks’ growing in several places around the garden. It seemed like a good candidate to round things out.
This is the photo that gives the truest rendering of the colors.
This one gives you a better idea of the flower forms.
And here it is, towering over the tablescape in its large, clear cylindrical vase. Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) has a burgundy treat in store for you this week, so be sure to click through. She manages to find something vase-worthy in her garden every week of the year and invites us to do the same.