What’s Blooming Wednesday #33

For several weeks now, there hasn’t been much new as far as blooms in The Land of Making Do.  Soybean fields are drying out, and Mr. Farmer showed up yesterday to start the harvest.

Harvest Time

HH was away, so he sent me a text to close up the house – combines are on their way.  See the dust?  Yep, it covers every surface inside if we have anything open.  Even with the house closed up, harvest season always brings an extra round of dusting.  (I love harvest time, but not that part, y’all.)

Yesterday morning, I went out to cut some things to hang dry over winter.

South Side Plantings

Things are starting to look tired.  We went so long without rain but finally had some last week.  The cockscomb have relaxed over the walkway.


I cut a huge bloom for drying and several others for an arrangement inside.  Harry Lauder grew like wild this year, so I snipped a few branches.

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

Mrs. Garden Party shared cuttings with me two years ago, which I promptly stuck in the ground.  I wonder if her green thumb followed with her cuttings.  Ha!

My painted gourd Forever Pumpkin makes an appearance for orange week  in this back porch pot.

Painted Gourd Pumpkin

Surprise of the season is this one stem of cockscomb volunteering among bachelor buttons.  The colorful leaves look very much like fall.

Cockscomb in Bachelor's Buttons

Around by the front porch, Spunky Daughter found Mrs. Corn Spider’s egg sack in the tea tree olive bush.  It’s the largest one I’ve ever seen!

Corn Spider Egg Sack

It reminds me of a fig and is actually the size of a small fig.  Mrs. Corn Spider is still hanging around – not much change from her Halloween pose two weeks ago in WBW #31.

After collecting cuttings and blooms, I put them in an arrangement to enjoy inside.

Flower Bloom Arrangement

And here I thought we didn’t have many things blooming!

The purple blooms are from the Vitex Chaste tree.

Vitex Chaste

I love the way the Harry Lauder branch tips swoop over.

Harry Lauder Drooping

French tarragon is just beginning to bloom.  Tiny yellow buds are opening.  Talk about a heavenly scent!

French Tarragon

Bachelor buttons peek through here and there.  I love bachelor buttons…drying those for next year, for sure.

Bachelor's Buttons

What’s the moral to this story?

Next time you think there aren’t many blooms in your landscape, go outside with your clippers.  You might be surprised at what you find.  Prepare yourself for shocking (yet enjoyable) results!

What’s your favorite bloom in your landscape right now?  Do you bring cuttings inside to enjoy?





  1. Cindy says

    Your Bachelor’s Button threw me. I’ve never seen one that looked like that. I had to google images. Mine have always been the purple singles. So these pink ones you have must be doubles? Very lovely. And your flower arrangement is gorgeous!!

    • says

      Hi, Cindy! I wish I’d kept my seed packet, but I’m pretty sure it said bachelor buttons. I was surprised when they bloomed last year because I thought bachelor’s buttons looked different, too. These look more like tiny pom-poms, and the color is very purple – somewhat distorted by my camera lens picking up reflective colors.

  2. says

    Very pretty blooms! I like the arrangement and the burlap wrap on the vase. Did you destroy the spider nest? That would creep me out knowing how large they must be! Everything here is going down for the season and ready to sleep. My hostas are turning yellow and I’ve been emptying pots. I can imagine that all that dust will find a way to creep in. There’s always some kind of negative with most things isn’t there. Those do look like bachelor’s buttons.
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    • says

      Thank you for the information, Liz. I looked on-line and didn’t find anything that looked like these little guys. You know a lot about plants, so I trust your opinion. I didn’t destroy the spider nest. Their life span isn’t very long, and the eggs blow away in the wind. I don’t expect a huge population of spiders by leaving things as they are. Mrs. Corn Spider catches many bugs in her web each night, which is a huge bonus here in bugville. :-0

    • says

      Yes, Karen, thank you for sharing that. On-line sources describe these as drought tolerant and the blooms look very similar. Maybe bachelor’s buttons are the name given by others like me who can’t remember the plant name (Latin?). I dried mine last year and broadcast the seeds in early summer. That is all I did! I watered only occasionally, and they grew beautifully. I’m drying again this winter…love these flowers, whatever they’re called. 🙂

    • says

      Thank you! I’ve been so neglectful this summer, so there’s not much to share. But that was my point, right? When gathering what little we have, it comes together for a vase full of joy!

  3. Robin says

    LOVE the cockscomb arrangement! I may have to go buy some. Heck…PLANT some for next year so I can have a BUNCH. 🙂 I have to be careful what I plant….doggone varmints and deer ’round here! LOL

    • says

      My neighbor gave me several young plantings from her garden a couple of years ago. I didn’t know a thing about how to care for them and couldn’t remember the name, either. But, they grew well in our hot summer, then I dried them and spread seed the following summer. They show out! I wish I had ten different kinds of plants this hardy for a show-stopper yard!