I’m calling this vase my ‘late summer harvest’, because it sums up what’s been happening here for the last month.
There are three types of harvest in the pictures. The first is obviously the flowers. I used zinnias ‘Purple Prince’, ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’, ‘Queeny Red Lime’ and ‘Deep Zinnia Mix’, all from Sarah Raven.
Sadly I can’t tell them apart, except for ‘Purple Prince’ and ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’. My labelling was not too hot this year at planting out time! The zinnias are pretty, but less exceptional than in previous years.
Also added were Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’, Ammi visagna ‘Green Mist’ (which looks just like the species to me – how they get us to buy more seeds!), Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’ and Achillea ‘Pomegranate’. I re-aquired the last and Achillea ‘Summer Wine’ this year. I don’t know why I have such a hard time getting these pretty achilleas to persist when Achillea millefolium runs all over the place.
Then there are small purple and blue splashes from late delphinium flowers and Salvia ‘Amistad’.
The second harvest is the tomatoes – they were fantastic this year! None of the pricked out plants were wasted, because the BV planted them all out and tended to them, then made oodles of passata in August. I think we have about 15 litres – shame the seals on the jars are going to be too difficult for me to open. Or was that to stop me using it when he’s not here?
The teacups symbolise my last August/September harvest. The results of clearing out my mother’s house in Scotland. I’ve been running it as an Airbnb for 3 years, but Covid meant that I could no longer pay the bills easily, so it’s been let to a ‘real’ tenant. Apart from the fact that I had to go over to Scotland and quarantine for 2 weeks during a period when the charity shops were not open, I’ve been very lucky and we have nice new tenants.
The cups were a last minute reclamation – seized from the jaws of the landfill when my eye caught them amongst the ‘things to get rid of’ pile on one of my last mornings.
Previously I’d thought that everything I didn’t keep would go to someone else, but in the current situation it was just too difficult and more things than I wanted went to landfill. Thank goodness I rescued them, because I’ve just noticed they are from the Spode ‘Blue Room’ collection. Second thoughts are often life-savers!
And, of course, I love blue and orange, so it works on every level.
Go on over to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and taste everyone else’s vases this Monday! And, most of all, have a happy gardening week!