In a Vase on Monday – Proven Winner

“Flower are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts.” ~ Dodinsky

Fall has finally arrived, weather wise I should add. Cool daytime temps in the 50s with lows at night in the 40s. And rain. Lots of rain and clouds. A stark contrast from near 90 degree temps with the baking sunlight of last week.

Now I look for the stalwart flowers who are still continuing. You know like dahlia and cosmos, and even zinnias. And of course hydrangea. Did you know the hydrangea represents gratitude, grace and beauty in the Language of Flowers.

The only hydrangea I have is the lovely Proven Winner short shrub, Fire Light Tidbit® Hydrangea paniculata. It was a gift to trial in 2021, the year I had to dig up my garden and remove most of the plants. I was able to convince the property owners to allow me to keep it. And I am so grateful it has remained in the garden, finally getting a foothold.

This short shrub is magnificent in the spring and summer as the white blooms fill the branches.

Then it turns pink and deep rose red in fall. I have been cutting the flowers to bring in for vases. And this time the vase is red and pink. with a few double white cosmos that have been pumping out loads of blooms nearby.

I strongly recommend this shrub. It is great for small gardens like mine packing lots of blooms in a small space. And it grows on new wood. Perfect for my climate and unpredictable spring weather.

With this week’s vase, I am linking in to the wonderful meme, In A Vase On Monday, at Rambling in the Garden.

All the pictures shared in this post were taken with my Nikon Coolpix or iPhone camera, and manipulated on my iPhone using the apps, Pixlr and Prisma. You can follow my progress with #the100dayproject in my Instagram and Facebook feed.

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