This dark and gloomy day made photographing this week’s vase challenging. Oh, well…must soldier on. Gathering tax records led to a swamping out of areas where all sorts of things had been gathering dust. Hence the tall vase, which I had completely forgotten about.
The bright red leaves are from the sourwood tree, or Oxydendrum arboretum. Dark leaves come from Weigelia ‘Wine and Roses’. The dark red snapdragons are the last flowers to keep going strong and have earned a repeat and increased numbers for next year (I hardly expected such productivity from a humble six-pack). The last hot pink Zinnia is hiding in there somewhere too.
One branch of Cornus kousa ‘China Girl’ completes the picture.
That girl from China has been putting on a show, what with one thing after another, since early spring. She deserves a rest after this last glorious aria. This 3-in-one post links to (May Dreams Gardens) for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, (Rambling in the Garden) for In a Vase on Monday, and (Digging) for Foliage Follow Up.
Ricki I absolutely love this vase of deep dark reds, autumn greens with tinges of orange and those gorgeous snapdragons.
What nice comments…thank you, Donna.
Your vase arrangement perfectly links with the wider garden’s fall color. Nicely done, Ricki!
This is nearly the end of fall color here. I’ll have to come to Digging to extend the season.
You are the queen of combining these deep gorgeous colors! Very nice!
Queen: I like that, as long as I don’t have to attend any affairs of state.
Lovely, dark and mysterious.
Those snapdragons do add a little air of mystery wherever I put them.
The dark red snapdragon is spot on with that delicious foliage – but just think what a touch of pink would have added… 😉
You are right, of course. There is a pink Zinnia in there, but not exactly center stage.
Your lovely reds look lovely against the gray day. Isn’t it nice to go shopping in your own home and end up with a striking new vase to use? Cornus kousa ‘China Girl’ is gorgeous.
Hah! I like that idea: “shopping in your own home”.
Nice study in reds and orange. Smart combining gbbd and ffu, but I think we need to convert these to acronyms. How about GABLOBLOD and FOFOLU? has a nice ring to it.
I’ve just made peace with using the initials but if you want to get the acronym thing going I’m willing to give it a go.
I love that Cornus kousa, sadly yet another plant that won’t grow in my area of SoCal.
My condolences…but then you grow so many things I covet.
What an interesting Snapdragon cultivar. I’ll have to make a note of it for next year. Perfect vase and arrangement for a mid-November day!
That six pack of snapdragons performed admirably, the other one I bought, not so much. Still, I intend to try more next year: so much less fuss than growing from seed.
Love that red foliage together, that’s the second time this week I’ve seen snap dragons in vases of flowers, lovely comination 🙂
Those snaps have outlasted even the other annuals.