Still much of the botanical material for my work comes from the market this time of year but slowly now, my garden is starting to provide a marginally modest medley of blooms too for my moody March work.
It’s still winter and most of the garden is dead to the world but Andromeda blooms don’t mind the cold and Daphne’s fragrant little blossoms sure help us get through the end of winter. Hellebores come later this month with a nod to Winter booming beauties.
Here are the late bloomers in my October garden. They will for the most part hang in there until the first frost hits the ground and it is time to put this garden to sleep.
As you can see there are still a few late bloomers to enjoy in the October garden, Dahlias, Monkshood, Cosmos, Zinnias, Celosia and a few more varieties, but mostly my own gardens are winding down now and it is time for me to start sourcing floral materials from our excellent Portland Flower Market.
I love growing the flowers for my arrangements, often surprising myself how many interesting combinations there are to be had with our local flower products. However I do also welcome the change in the seasons when the blooms are slowing down. This gives me a chance to purchase and work with the exotic varieties from Hawaii, New Zealand, my native Holland and many other places from around the world.