The Grand Finale!
Yes, today is the final day of my Week of Flowers and what a week it has been! 😃 This really has kept me busy over the past seven days, and in between packing up Christmas parcels for my family in England and chatting to them on Facetime I have been trying to keep up with the amazing flurry of flowery blogging activity. What fun!
Today I am sharing a mish-mash of favourites, starting with the Larkspur I grew from seed. Such a beautiful colour.
Another gorgeous purply blue is this Geranium, which I think is ‘Orion’. Not only did this flower almost non-stop, the autumn foliage is also really pretty.
All my asters are my favourites, with ‘Mönch’ near the top of the list. And when they faded the Chrysanthemum Anastasia took over and provided colour until the last week of November when we had snow and frost.
The last picture below captures the true blue of Salvia azurea, planted in the Moon Bed. It is a late bloomer, adding a final bit of flair to the garden in September. I think this is the bluest of any plant I have grown yet… no hint of purple at all. It matches the sky. 😃
So, once again a big thank you to all who have visited this past week. Many thanks also for all the kind comments, and a special thank you to those of you who took part and shared such a wide range of beautiful, cheerful and uplifting photos of plants and flowers, providing me with plenty of inspiration for the weeks to come. I have met a few new bloggers along the way, and there has been a wonderful hum of conversation about plants all week. I think this has raised not only my own spirits, but hopefully yours too.
Mission accomplished? 😉
(Same time, same place, next year! 😉)
Job well done Cathy, am glad to have participated, if only briefly. It’s been lovely to see all these gorgeous flowers and be reminded that winter too will pass. Love the Salvia, perfect photo with the matching sky!
I agree. It has been fun and positive. Glad you could join in!
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A wonderful grand finale Cathy – beautiful pictures you’ve chosen for your final flourish! Love the flowers with the grasses – my kind of garden pics. And those blues … here’s my last hurrah! https://gardendreamingatchatillon.wordpress.com/2021/12/07/a-week-of-flowers-day-7-2/
Thanks Cathy. It’s been a wonderful week!
A gorgeous final few from you, Cathy! Especially that last Salvia…Part of me thinks I’d love to try the Chelsea Chop to it, to try for bushier plants and more flowers, but the other part of me loves how it’s so tall, reaching for the sky….
Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean! I didn’t dare try chopping it, as I had never grown it before. But perhaps I will next year… if I can gather the courage! 😉 Thanks for participating and sharing!
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It is lovely to see all the flowers in the posts. My problem is that my eyes are bigger than the sunny spots that I have in my garden! It is raining again here and it seems a long time before I see Larkspur again. My Day 7 https://afrenchgarden.wordpress.com/2021/12/07/a-week-in-flowers-day-7/ Amelia
That is the problem…. so many ‘right plants’, not enough ‘right places’! All the best Amelia, and thank you.
Love the Larkspur blues and the variety of Salvias continue to amaze me. There is one here that goes 5 feet tall! Thank you for hosting, the array of flowers was stunning and I enjoyed visiting so many warm gardens. Here is my final installment. https://theshrubqueen.com/2021/12/07/a-week-of-flowers-day-7-tropical-punch/
And thank you for participating with your own warm garden. 🤗 It was lovely to see a bit more of what grows and blooms in Florida. 😃
Mission accomplished. It has been lovely to see all the flowers and to meet some new bloggers too. Your Salvias are divine!
Thanks Jude! 😃 I loved this and will be doing it again next year! 😉
What a stunning larkspur Cathy and after seeing the autumn foliage colour already on your blog ‘Orion’ is already on my shopping list for next year. Many thanks for a week of great fun. My last flowers are here : https://greentapestry.blogspot.com/2021/12/a-week-of-flowers-2021-day-7.html
See you next year! 😘
😃 I am hoping the larkspur will return next year. I had no idea what a beautiful plant it was until this summer. Hope you find Orion. 👍🤗
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Thank you for the color boost, Cathy! It has me actively thinking of spring – and what has yet to be done to ensure that my 2022 garden has lots of cheerful bloom. In fact, your beautiful larkspur reminded me that I have seeds chilling in the refrigerator and, with a little rain on the horizon, it’s an optimal time to sow them here. I’ve joined in on Day 7 with another post: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2021/12/a-week-of-flowers-2021-day-7.html
Best wishes with your holiday activities!
Oh, that is good to know about the larkspur Kris! I must try and dry some myself this year. I am hoping some of the seed these flowers dropped will simply regerminate on its own. Good luck with your seed, and I hope you get the rain. 😃
I am getting my comments mixed up! 🤪 Apologies! Allison at Frogenddweller just commented that if you leave larkspur in the vase and let the water simply evaporate the flowers dry well. 😀
Mission accomplished indeed. It has been an uplifting week (and a welcome distraction, I might add). Thanks much for hosting, Cathy! https://elizawaters.com/2021/12/06/week-of-flowers-2021-day-seven/
Yes, certainly a distraction for much of the week, which was so welcome. And it really helped me to start thinking about the garden next year and check on what seeds I need to order still! Thanks so much for joining in Eliza! 🤗
I always love your choice of plants! I’ve loved larkspur since I accidentally discovered that if you pick it for a vase it keeps shining even if you forget to check the water levels 😉 ! In fact it just turns into a wonderful dried flower.
I’ve not seen salvia azurea before, but I will be looking out for it for next year.
Here is my day 7 contribution: https://wp.me/pM8Y1-8ub
Thanks for that tip. I will definitely try that with the larkspur next year. I can’t believe I had never grown it before this summer. It was so easy to grow and so very pretty. 😀
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Your final day photos are gorgeous. Love the larkspur. This has been a fun week. Thanks Cathy!
Thanks Susie. Yes, it has been lots of fun! 😃🦋🤗
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You’ve got some of my favourites here – your September Moon bed is very lovely. I can see I’ve a lot of catching up to do with all the lovely flower posts you’ve inspired, and I had to join in with a post for your last day: https://susanrushton.net/2021/12/07/corncockle-in-a-wildflower-border/
Hi Susan, so glad you have managed to join in! It has been a glorious week full of flowers and friendship. 😃
I am sorry I’ve missed most of it!
We will do it again next year! 😉
You are certainly busy but on top of your beautiful salute to gorgeous bouquets! I hope this season continues to offer you joy and peace, Cathy, and you bring such loveliness to all who have the opportunity to know you. Thank you!
Thank you Debra. Wishing you joy and peace too. 🤗
I like your mish-mash! So many beautiful blooms. I’m glad I was able to participate in the meme just a bit; thanks for hosting and sharing. 🙂
Thanks Beth. Yes, I am glad you could participate too. It was like a big garden party! 😉
Thanks Cathy, I’ve enjoyed your week of flowers, especially after a gloomy day and now this blustery night. Just a couple more days until the Holidays distract us for a bit and then the days begin to lengthen and this should go a ways in keeping the flower tank topped off 😉
I think the alliums were my favorites!
Thank you Frank. Glad you enjoyed all the flowery fun last week! I only planted a few smaller alliums this year, but looking back at my photos made me realise how the big ones make a statement for months on end…. so I have already started my list for next year’s autumn bulb planting! LOL!