Today is the first day in the entire month of November that there is sun shining and a near cloudless sky overhead. We have had rain every day this month; my rain gauge measures over six inches. The ground is so soggy that it’s uncomfortable to walk on it…squish, squish, squish. I will just have to wait for it to dry out a bit before I can get on with my fall chores. All that having been said, I must add my apologies to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for being a day late in the weekly vase. I simply chose not to get out in the garden because of the steady rain on Monday.
The vase this week gives me a chance to highlight the chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) that has rebloomed in October and November after being deadheaded this past July. This particular vitex is from a second generation cutting from its parent at my Aunt Martha’s home in Chatham, VA. It’s too old to have a name, but I would note that it has reliably rebloomed each time I have deadheaded it for almost twenty years. The other vitex in my garden with a named legacy (‘Shoal Creek’) has not bloomed the second time nearly so prolifically as my Aunt’s. That must say something about the old reliable varieties.
Again my apologies and thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. Please visit her to see what she and others are sharing with us in their vases this week.