Even as it's starting to get cooler - not colder yet, just cooler - the garden is still producing a limited variety of blooms, with some of the chrysanthemums still to come.
After some deadheading this morning, I moved on to cutting a few blossoms to bring inside... heliotrope from a container, plus chrysanthemums, buddelia, mini-roses, and asters.
You've probably noticed that my first choice for a container is always glass. Turns out, that's all I have. Seriously. Not a single opaque container to my name! I have just realized that "clear" carries an extra challenge - hiding the stems.
Next, the chrysanthemums and asters. Finally, the mini-roses for a pop of white. My grandfather always liked the white flowers in a garden, because he thought they made the colored flowers look better. I think that is true in the vase, too.
And, finally the buddelia to give it both height and length. Lo, and behold, it works! A breath of the outside on the dining room table, filled with the pinks and purples of fall. Now we're ready for good friends who are coming to visit tomorrow. It's all good!