Monday, December 5, 2016

A Last Bouquet

The nights are getting frostier now, so today I cut some flowers still blooming in the garden in case the cold would get to them otherwise.

A little bouquet of late-season color

There are still chrysanthemums, of course, and the self-sown garland chrysanthemums (Glebionis coronaria) are still putting out new flowers, too. A lot of the lavender put out a second flush in fall that still continues on due to the chilly temperatures, and the perpetual carnations have set lots of buds since the weather has gotten cooler and wetter. What I did not expect was that strawflowers would hold out so long, producing new flowers through short days and near-freezing temperatures.

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