My garden is not lacking in blooms at the moment but they are mostly flowers I don't really want to clip for the house. So I took advantage of the fact that the woman who brings buckets of Dahlias and Zinnias to the West Side Farmer's Market is now at her usual stall again.
I rarely go downtown to our famed Dane County Farmers Market anymore because today Madison has such a wealth of them. Indeed, few neighborhoods here lack a weekly market. I usually hit two of them on my way to our regular Saturday morning coffee group.
I love being able to pick my favorite Dahlias from her weekly offerings rather than having to limit myself to the one or two that I might be able to shoehorn into my crammed garden.
I picked the peachy-pink flowers to reflect the Lohan's peeling peach paint. Then I added the red one to spark the softer colors.
The cranberry glass vase is a long ago secondhand shop purchase. I added some painted fern fronds and a stem of Thalictrum 'Lavender Mist' to lighten the dense Dahlias.
To see what other gardeners have found to put into a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this Monday meme.
The link at the top takes you to an article by the late R.W. Apple about our original Dane County Farmers Market that is well-worth reading. It is still dream market and a stop you won't want to miss if you are ever here on a Saturday. Our political climate has changed dramatically in the years since the article was written, but the Market continues to survive and thrive.