Monday, October 1, 2018

In a Vase on Monday: The dahlias and zinnias keep on coming

Last week I featured dahlias but skipped the zinnias in my cutting garden.  This week I have a bit of both.  A couple of my traditional fall blooming plants also joined the party.


Dahlias 'Punkin Spice', 'Terracotta' and 'Loverboy' are still going strong but this week it was 'Strawberry Ice' that grabbed my attention.  A couple stems of a Japanese anemone that came with the garden produced pale pink blooms for the perfect accent.

I used a stem of Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill' to dress up the back of the vase along with cream and pale yellow zinnias

Top view

Clockwise from the upper left: Abelia grandiflora 'Hopley's Variegated', noID Anemone hupehensis (aka Japanese anemone), Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill', Plectranthus scutellarioides 'Electric Lime' (aka coleus), noID cream and yellow Zinnia elegans, and, in the middle, Dahlia 'Strawberry Ice'


Blue and purple flowers have been in short supply in my garden for a few weeks now so I was happy to see that Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Wonder' has produced its first flowers right on schedule.  This is one of my favorite plants and one of the few I brought with me as cuttings from my former garden when we moved 7+ years ago.

In addition to producing graceful lavender flowers, Plectranthus 'Zulu Wonder' has lovely quilted leaves with burgundy undersides, although as I didn't bait for snails and slugs when I should have, the foliage is a bit war-torn this season

Back view: cooler temperatures have prompted some of the Osteospermums to bloom too

Top view showing off the single stem of a white Japanese anemone I found blooming in the back garden and a stem of white lisianthus blooms touched with lavender

Clockwise from the upper left: Anemone hupehensis (Japanese anemone), Aloysia citodora (aka lemon verbena), Eustoma grandiflorum (aka lisianthus), Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Wonder', Osteospermum hybrids 'Violet Ice' and '4D Silver', and Symphyotrichum chilense 'Purple Haze'


I wasn't planning 3 vases this week but Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Wine', grown from seed, demanded attention so I cut several stems.

The zinnia's color doesn't show up on camera the same way as it does to my eye.  It's a delicious merlot color.

I recycled some of the Alternanthera I used last week for this vase

The vase is the vintage piece I picked up at a second-hand store last year featuring a woman's clasped hands.  The zinnias are almost a perfect match for her painted fingernails, which you can see best in this side view.

Top view

Clockwise from the left: thickly petaled Zinnia elegans 'Benary's Giant Wine', Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', Alternanthera dentata 'Little Ruby', and Plectranthus scutellarioides 'Chili Pepper' (aka coleus)


For more "In a Vase on Monday" creations, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other contributors have assembled this week.



All material © 2012-2018 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

30 comments:

  1. Oh the vases just got better, Kris - the colour links you have used inthe third vase are brilliant, with the coleus and what must be Alternanthera picking out that gorgeous shade of zinnia. All delightful,so thanks as always for sharing

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    1. As a last minute addition to the line-up, I was very pleased with the last zinnia arrangement.

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  2. Hello Kris, what a beautiful arrangement.
    I loved the pot.
    Thank you for your presence in the house.
    Every day first of every month new posts there.
    Good entry of month

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  3. That first one is absolutely gorgeous Kris! The anemones - well, all your flowers in fact - are so pristine and perfect with the dahlias. I tried Osteospermums in pots this summer and they stopped flowering almost as soon as I planted them! Just two or three flowers every few days. Too much watering? Too little? Oh well, yours are lovely!

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    1. The Osteospermums here like temperatures on the cooler end of the spectrum, Cathy. Mine stop blooming when temperatures soar in mid-summer but the flowers reappear once our night-time temperatures fall.

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  4. Oh all fabulous vases as usual Kris. A deep red zinnia is now on my wish list after seeing the aptly named zinnia 'Benary's Giant Wine'. The plectranthus may well find its way there too :)

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    1. This is the first time I've grown that wine-colored zinnia but it's definitely one I'll use again.

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  5. Simply gorgeous, each and every vase full. Isn't is a joy to have started a plant from your previous garden and have it continue to bring you color and form for the new garden!

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    1. I've tried Plectranthus 'Zulu Wonder' in a variety of spots in this garden. So far, it's liked only 2 of these but, seeing it in bloom again, I'm determined to try it in still more locations.

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  6. A trio of loveliness, Kris! That deep wine zinnia is a star and I always love to see J. anemones. (My spouse inadvertently mowed mine, alas, so I will have to wait for next year.) Plectranthus is lovely, too. You must be happy it is October. :)

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    1. Our temperatures have generally been cooler for the past couple of weeks, Eliza, but summer gave us a kick in the pants today by sending the mercury up to 90F. However, there's a tropical storm off the coast we hope will bring both another cool-down and possibly rain within a couple of days.

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  7. 3 beautifully toned vases. I like them all. I'm thinking of trying Benary's Giant mix next year. This might be part of the mix. Strawberry Ice is very eye catching, currently deciding which dahlias to go for next year. A fun job.

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    1. I have 'Benary's Giant Salmon' too but the flowers of 'Giant Wine' are even larger and more vibrant.

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  8. Your bouquets are absolutely gorgeous. I have so little left blooming and each of your vases are just lovely.

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    1. Growing dahlias and zinnias made a major difference in my late summer and early fall floral material, Cindy. Prior to 2017, I'd have been creating vases using succulent cuttings by now.

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  9. I think the vases just got better, too. And I see the Electric Lime Coleus, I have some Solar Sunrise that looks similar. Gorgeous all! well done.

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    1. I hope you find the lime accents you're looking for, Amelia.

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  10. You always have so many flowers to cut: I am in awe and always a bit jealous!!! Your dahlias do well? In all that heat you've had? Do you keep them mostly in shade? Just lovely!!!

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    1. Dahlias, like zinnias, can handle heat, Libby, but they're very thirsty plants, which is why I've restricted them to my cutting garden, the only space in my garden that gets watered lavishly (by my standards). The cutting garden gets a bit of shade in the later afternoon but it's generally in full sun.

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  11. All winners Kris ! Hopefully I will have something to share next Monday since I will be off work that day-I've already pulled up my Zinnias .

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    1. My zinnias are still going strong, Kathy, but then I planted the seeds and plugs late. Next year, I plan to get them started earlier and use a greater variety - I went overboard with 'Queen Red Lime' this year.

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  12. As usual, you've created three gorgeous arrangements. Only a bit jealous of all the gorgeous blooms in your garden. Happy new week!

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    1. I'm hoping 3 arrangements doesn't become my norm, Peter. Two is fanatical enough.

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  13. I love the warm glow at the center of those 'Strawberry Ice' dahlias! And the attention-demanding zinnias! ;-) That last bouquet is such a beautiful tapestry of rich reds - something I can rarely resist when it comes to flowers!

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  14. beautiful dahlias :-) Your vases this week are all flower and combinations I'd love to grow in my garden. I've not had much joy with dahlias this year :-( I've got lavender and eucalyptus in my vase today but I've mostly talked about our wedding flowers from a year ago. Love Bec

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    1. I've had mixed luck with dahlias myself this year, Bec, but luckily the 7 plants that graced my garden with flowers have been enough to fill my vases. I try to ignore the fact that I over-watered 4 other tubers, causing them to rot, and I'm stubbornly holding out hope that the one plant that's failed thus far to produce a single bud will come through before the season ends.

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  15. Each vase is gorgeous in its own right. I love the pairing in the first one of anemone with 'Strawberry Ice'--perfect.

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    1. I was delighted that those pink anemones actually bloomed this year. The deep watering I've given that bed at regular intervals over the last several months (in an effort to get what I've planted there firmly established) really made a difference.

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