late season, late vase


My Dahlias had to go into pots to avoid gopher attacks so there weren’t a great many of them. With storms threatening, it seemed like the right time to harvest them for indoor duty. ‘Akita’ is huge and showy but the stems are weak, making them candidates for low bouquets where the rim of the vase can support their weight.


I made loops of Yucca filamentosa, securing them with toothpicks.

Salix babylonica 'Crispa'

Salix babylonica ‘Crispa’

Curly leaves of Salix and the round seed heads of ‘Honorine de Jobert’ reinforce the loopy look.

Anemone 'Honorine De Jobert'

Anemone ‘Honorine De Jobert’

Here’s a peek at that Anemone in better days.


and a better look at the willow.


The magenta Dahlias are called ‘Blue Boy’…don’t ask me why.


But they teamed up nicely with some Coleus, a couple of ‘Love-Lies-Bleeding’, Verbena bonariensis and Crape Myrtle foliage for a second bouquet. It’s never too late, say I, to join Cathy for In a Vase on Monday.

18 thoughts on “late season, late vase

  1. Well done! The “love-lies-bleeding” drape like earrings. Clever to create Yucca supports for the floppy dahlias. Must try that–have plenty of flops in my garden.

  2. Both very well put together, and I’m glad you rescued your beautiful dahlia blooms from sure storm-caused demise.

    And thanks for the reminder I need to add some of those Honorine de Jobert’ Anemone to my garden! (For the seed heads of course)

  3. What intriguing twists you have in your vase rickii – and the props complement them perfectly. Your Love Lies Bleeding must be a different variety from mine!, as it is singularly skinny. Thanks for sharing

  4. Ricki, you’ve outdone yourself. You solved the short-stem dahlia problem with a great arrangement. I like the yucca leaf treatment and wow, the round seed heads of ‘Honorine de Jobert’ are amazing.

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