In a Vase on Monday: Cold Stone Tea

Rambling in the Garden

There are still some very fine blooms on the fantasy chrysanthemums in the Coop, but something different was called for this week, gleaned from leaner borders. I say different, but it still involves chrysanthemums, this time of the hardy variety and probably C ‘Mary Stoker’, which came to me by way of an unnamed cutting from blogging friend Chloris a couple of years back – it wasn’t mentioned in her recent post on the (questionable?) joy of chrysanthemums though, so perhaps it’s a different variety altogether.

After producing a crop of very late buds, Maybe Mary is now sporting some bright and not unattractive open blooms of which three have been cut for today’s vase. Keeping it simple, they are joined by a couple of oh-so-useful arum leaves (these are smaller than those on my A italicum ‘Marmoratum’, so I assume it is a different variety, another longly-labelless plant, and…

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