Last Monday I was offline and unable to post, but this week the garden has done its best to help make amends! A burst of colour in autumn hues was available, starting with the chrysanthemum flowers...
...and hamelia leaves...
...continuing with bountiful sprays of grass flowers from Muhlenbergia capillaris "Regal Mist", coupled with several stems of Lavandula "Goodwin Creek Gray"...
...and at last including an assortment of foliage (Artemisia "Powis Castle" and Eremophila "Valentine"), along with a bright spot from an unidentified lantana.
Besides all this, everything went into a new pot, freshly out of the kiln about a week ago.
This is another unglazed earthenware piece so water will saturate it eventually as it would with a plain flowerpot, but that is easily remedied by setting it on something appropriate. This particular pot was handbuilt, coiled up from a plaster base according to traditional New World techniques. I've discussed this a little more on my Handmaker's World blog... Back to the flowers!
The chrysanthemum is a recent purchase, merely labelled "Bronze Chrysanthemum". It will undoubtedly be an annual here, but its burst of colour equals that of many bedding plants so why complain?
The Hamelia leaves are in their glory. I didn't pick more than a single stalk as my bush is still quite small, and I left the remaining flowers for the hummingbirds to enjoy. (For those following my hummingbird posts, the pair is now definitely Anna's Hummingbirds.) One little berry is on the bush as well; its dark purply tones will do well in future seasons. But the leaves themselves are treat enough!
As you can tell, it was special to work with so much material in such wonderful colours!
Today is, besides, a special day in the annals of the Monday Vase, being the second anniversary of the meme. Congratulations, Cathy, on inventing and hosting one of the most enjoyable of them all for full two years now! I'm sure today will be busy over at Rambling in the Garden!
Weather Diary: Sunny; High: 78 F (26 C)/Low: 48 F (9 C)