Nothing fancy or clever this week, this week we simply have a vibrant collection of casualties that had snapped off and needed cutting, haphazardly grabbed, trimmed down and stuffed in a jam jar. Waltzing Matilda is the dahlia that keeps giving and she’s really my star performer this year. The helenium has been fabulous too and I’ll definitely be buying more of it to build up a bigger block. Aster Helen Picton is a bit tall and wayward, making her prone to falling over, but the rich purple is so lovely that I’ll forgive her pretty much anything (I dithered about pinching off those spent blooms but I decided they were quite pleasingly autumnal). The Bishop series dahlias have really under-performed for me this year but you can just see a rather ragged Bishop of Oxford peeking out – Llandaff has done slightly better than him this year but still not especially well. There was something about this year that the dark foliage dahlias did not like… heat and drought perhaps…) Anyway, I am grateful to the border for still holding some late colour, and grateful to Cathy for hosting IAVOM! Hope the week is kind to everyone.
Pop over to Cathy’s page to see what all the other IAVOMers are creating this week! https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2022/10/10/in-a-vase-on-monday-autumn-joy-2/