Last week I celebrated autumn in my arrangement, but today is October and I feel I need to recapture the memories of summer with some lush shades of purple, mauve and violet. Tyrian purple was a costly imperial colour made from thousands of tiny snails. No snails were involved in my arrangement.
Asters are reigning in the garden at the moment and I love the small starry ones which are true to their name. I used my favourites; ‘Le Vasterival’, ‘Little Carlow’, Aster cordifolius ‘Ideal’ and Aster cordifolius ‘Photograph’. These are all actually now symphyotrichums but today I am sticking with the name asters.
There are a couple of salvias; Salvia leucantha ‘Purple Velvet’ and Salvia ‘Amistad’ which is a true purple and looks as if it could be made from crushed snails, unlike the rest of my blooms today.
I also used the lovely white and lilac coloured Solanum laxum ‘Crèche ar Pape’ which I thought must be a misprint when first I saw its name because it doesn’t make sense, but ‘Crèche ar Pape‘ is actually the name of a garden in Brittany. I notice a lot of people are listing it as ‘Crèche du Pape’ now which sounds grammatically correct, but bizarre. Being celibate, I don’t suppose the pope has much need of a crib.
Other flowers are a dahlia seedling, which is cheating because it’s pink, a few late sprigs of lavender, Verbena bonariensis and Geranium ‘Rosanne’ which blooms all summer long. I have featured the fluffy heads of Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ before and I will certainly grow it next year as it blooms for ages and is a wonderful cut flower. Ok, I know these are blue but they go quite well with the purple and lilac.
I also used fluffy heads of Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ which is a fabulous grass which has obligingly seeded itself about. The campanula is the invasive Campanula rapunculoides which is a pest and I am always trying to eliminate it. Its common name is ‘Creeping Campanula’ and that is a good name for it.
As it really is autumn now I used a purple fruit as a prop.
It is a fruit of the Akebia quinata and this is the first time I have seen fruit on my plant.
There are plenty of seeds which I shall be sowing.
After I had taken the photos for this post I suddenly thought: ‘Silly Cow!’
Passiflora ‘Silly Cow’ with its huge exotic blooms is just the thing to finish off the arrangement and rescue it from being too airy fairy.
Cathy who hosts this meme, ‘In a Vase on Monday’ has featured some of her lovely collection of knotweeds today, which are are actually not weeds at all. They are called persicaria these days and very pretty they are too. Do go and see.