This was going to be my vase this week.
This is pineapple sage which grows just outside my back door. The flowers really are this stinging red/pink colour and I've been eyeing them up for a vase. Of course, I've left it a bit late and they would have been better a couple of weeks ago!
Photographed on a frosty morning.It's not really hardy but I've decided to leave it in and take cuttings. This plant is now 3 years old and is quite large so difficult to dig up and move. I've kept it in every winter but this year it will have to take it's chance. Cuttings root very easily just in water.
I was just coming in when I saw these flowering away unseen:
I know it's hard to believe I didn't know they were flowering. My two Chrysanthemum plants turned out to be three. The buds look the same and one plant is growing into another.
This is 'Saratov Lilac' and it's an absolute stunner. Worth the wait and the wondering if it was going to flower. The petals are quilled.
Even the backs of the flowers are lovely.
I bought all these Chrysanthemums as rooted cuttings from Sarah Raven. I've grown them badly, they are probably too close together and not staked well but are producing the most wonderful blooms.
I'm carrying the vase around with me so I can appreciate them wherever I am.
Finally a bit of autumn colour:
Cotoneaster glowing in the winter sunshine.
For plenty of fun and fabulous vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden - In a vase on Monday.