Welcome Flowers in a Vase on Monday

Within hours my Mom will be here from the cold and snow of Canada, and I’ve picked some Dahlias, Thalictrum, and Hydrangeas for her. The Dahlias haven’t done all that well so far this year – the early hot dry spell followed by rainy weather at Christmas has left them a little tattered, but there is plenty of time left for better blooms.

vase of dark red dahlias and purple hydrangeas

Star Jasmine adds scent.
fruit and trachelospermum
Satsuma plums are ripening and one early Louisa plum reflects the crimson and purple colours in the flowers.
fruit and flowersbowl of fruit and flowers
A storm is coming tomorrow from Australia, so the rain should cut the heat a little and ease the transition between Canadian winter and New Zealand summer.

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25 thoughts on “Welcome Flowers in a Vase on Monday

    1. Hi Christina, thanks! This dahlia is the one which I picked up at the rubbish dump a few years ago. There were 2 big clumps and I took one and the woman who was working at the dump took the other. Then I regretted my scavenging and assumed that it must be undesirable or weedy and left it sitting around outside for ages before grudgingly giving it a space amongst the weeds. I was so surprised when it triumphed over the weeds and had such lovely strong flowers. So I guess it’s likely to be an older variety.

      1. My best Dahlia is the first one I ever bought. It was really cheap and a tiny tuber but in its first year it produced more than a hundred huge blooms. Even as I write that I know it doesn’t sound possible but it’s true.

  1. The thalictrum is a great frothy addition (why did I never think to use mine when it was in bloom?!) and the dahlias and hydrangea look so sumptuous together. Hope you and your Mum have a most enjoyable time together – how long will she be staying? What is the Canada connection?

    1. I love that thalictrum. It’s still not the most robust plant for me, especially in dry weather, but it seems to be doing OK. Mom will stay for 6 weeks – until Autumn comes here and she can return to Spring. I’m a Canadian who married a Kiwi 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous dahlia, and a beautiful combination Cath! Your Mum will no doubt love it. Hope your Mum’s stay with you is a wonderful time for you both! 🙂

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