canna cut flowers And fuchsia Gartenmeister

In a Vase on Easter Monday – Cannas and Cows

Well, first of all I have to admit to being wrong about bees and Jerusalem Artichokes. We had another storm and quite a few of the tall flowers were blown over, including one of the Cannas in my vase. With the Jerusalem Artichokes at a height I can see, and possibly now that they are more developed, they are attracting all sorts of creatures.

jerusalem artichoke flower wih 3 bees

Including lots of bees.

bee in jerusalem artichoke flower

jerusalem artichokes in autumn sun

So, anyway, I’ve picked a fallen over Canna, ‘Australia’, which has dark purple leaves and a Canna Indica warszewiczii which has dark purple stems and green leaves, and some of the stalwart Fuschia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’  which has been flowering since before Christmas. It has purple stems and the backs of the leaves are purple, although that’s not very evident in the photo. While I was taking the photo in the last of the light the neighbour’s cows came up to have a good look while eating their dinner, and a couple volunteered to be Easter cows.  So then I got distracted by them and ran out of light entirely and had to come inside.

canna and fuscia cut flowers

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this meme.


jerusalem artichoke cut flowers

In a Vase on Monday – Jerusalem Artichokes

The harvest continues with Pears to dry, Jalapeños to smoke, Tomatoes to bottle, and Capsicums to roast and freeze. There are lots of Jerusalem Artichokes and Anemones, and they are all taller than normal and covered with blooms, and don’t seem overly popular with bees, so I didn’t feel too bad taking a few away.

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