Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden hosts the popular meme, In a Vase on Monday. Her arrangements are usually set off with appropriate props. I don’t know how she does it. My first vase this week features blooms from my cheap, end of season, dried up, Dahlia tuber, ‘Musette’ which is flowering beautifully. I looked up the word, ‘Musette’ and it means a small bagpipe or sort of oboe. You can be sure if Cathy was using this dahlia in an arrangement, there would be a miniature oboe or a tiny set of bagpipes setting the whole thing off. Probably both. Musette can also mean a knapsack or shoulder bag, but that would look silly. So with apologies to Cathy, once again with no props, here is my first vase.
With Musette I have used the white potato vine Solanum jasminoides and a few sprigs of Salvia ‘Hot Lips’. It is strange that as the season goes on the flowers of this Salvia become whiter.
I picked a couple of flowers of Anemone x hybrida ‘Andrea Atkinson’. I have never used Anemones in flower arrangements before, Vita Sackville West says they droop their heads, so we will see.
Finally I used some white Saponaria officinalis which spreads rather fast, but I love it and it smells lovely.
For my second arrangement I used some green flowers; I know not everyone likes green flowers but I love them. The flowers of the annual Nicotiana langsdorfii have the merit in my eyes, of being shiny, green and bell shaped; I love bell shaped flowers.
I also used some buds of the green rose, Rosa viridiflora. This arose as a sport of Rosa chinensis. I know some people will say it is an aberration. It has no petals, just rows of sepals. It was discovered in 1856 so it has been around for some time. It seems that other people in the past have liked its quaint, antiquey look. If you forget that it is a rose and don’t expect scent and luscious petals, then may be you can enjoy it like I do. Lots of people hate it, I know. I have just noticed that one bud has been chewed.
When the flowers of Rosa viridflora are open the effect is green and red. This is what it looked like earlier in the Summer. As you see, there are no petals. I can hear your cries of disgust from here. Shush, I feel very protective about this dear little rose. It may not be showy, OK, it is rather odd, but I like it.
The spiky seed heads are a mystery plant which appeared this year. I thought it was a teasle at first as it grew so tall, but the little heads stayed small. It is quite prickly. I would love to know what it is.
The berries are Viburnum opulus and the common Arum which is a bit of a weed in my garden.
As I have used green flowers today, I thought it would be fun to use red leaves. The Parthenocissus quinquefolia has started to turn bright red so that is what I have used. It all looks a bit autumnal but I suppose that can’t be helped as we creep soggily into September.
This creeper is hanging in curtains over the old stable which houses my shamefully messy plant pot shed. I wrote in a previous post about the horrors of this shed, which despite the occasional half-hearted attempt to tidy it remains impenetrable.
My lovely Beatrice painted a wonderful toolshed monster which we are convinced lurks within this shed.
Now my Toolshed Monster has a new lease of life. The musician OTT asked Beatrice to do the artwork for his new album , ‘Fairchildren’. When he saw a picture of the monster he had to have it.
I can’t comment on the music as I am told I have cloth ears and what do I know about these matters? But it is nice that OTT has given the Monster a new lease of life on his album cover.
But I digress, do join in with us and put some flowers from your garden In a Vase on Monday.