But on to happier topics! I let the color of 'Punkin' Spice' dictate the palette of my first vase.
|This vase turned out better than I'd anticipated when I collected the hodge-podge of materials from my garden Sunday morning|
|I still haven't pulled all my remaining Zinnias but I'm trying to use up the last blooms - the plants look terrible!|
|The top view reflects the narrow profile of the vase|
Barleria obtusa (bush violet) produced its first flowers just before Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and more flowers have opened continuously since. I cut a few stems as the starting point for a second vase.
|I can't recall how well the bush violets hold up in a vase or whether the buds will open once the stems are cut|
|I added pink Zinnias to the back of the vase as a last minute change. This gave the 2 sides of the vase (or rather mug) distinctly different personalities.|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the mug contains: Barleria obtusa, Cuphea 'Starfire Pink', Salvia 'Mystic Spires', Leucanthemum x superbum, and Zinnia elegans|
I'd picked up a few pumpkins at the market last week and used the small ones to dress up the 'Punkin' Spice' arrangement on the dining room table.
|I was going to retire the mouse to the cupboard but he looked quite happy there atop the pumpkins so I let him stay|
I left my largest pumpkin outside the front entry, nestled in a pot in an attempt to keep the squirrels from tunneling through it before Halloween. Despite this precaution, I caught one in the act of chewing it Sunday morning and the cheeky creature had the audacity to cuss me out when I sent him packing. I put my skeleton cat out next to the pumpkin in what is no doubt a futile effort to keep the squirrel away. I'm still looking for my skeleton rats, which seem to have disappeared.
|The violet vase sits in the front entry|
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