Today is a red letter day in the Monday vase- filling community. It is the fourth anniversary of Cathy’s popular meme, ‘In a Vase on Monday’. To celebrate she asks us to arrange our flowers in something that is not a vase at all. I am looking forward to seeing how inventive everyone is.
So my flowers today are sitting in a Victorian chamber pot.
I hope it is not lèse-majesté and disrespectful to the queen of the vases to celebrate her 4th anniversary with a potty. Cathy likes to use props to set off her arrangements and make a pleasing tableau, but I think even her ingenuity would fail here. I can’t think of a single prop that wouldn’t introduce a scatological note and lower the tone of this lovely meme. So no props just a pottyful of flowers. It doesn’t seem quite nice to have it on the dining room table but never mind. I am hosting my book club tomorrow, I will see if anyone notices that there is a potty on the table.
The frost has blackened the dahlias and the roses hang like Farrrer’s ‘withered moths’, but there are still plenty of other blooms. To match the pattern on the po I have used pink, white and mauve flowers. The foliage consists of lovely silvery eucalyptus leaves and a few stems of Pittospermum tenufolium ‘Irene Patterson’ which has beautiful evergreen, white- marbled leaves. Also the silver-leaved Convolvulus cneorum has still got a few blooms. You can just see it in the centre of the photo above.
I have used the lovely little stars of Solanum laxum ‘Creche ar Pape’ in previous vases; it just goes on and on blooming copiously. I used a few sprigs of a starry white aster; Symphiotrichum ericoides ‘Snow Flurry’. Some of my salvias have collapsed in the frost but deep purple Salvia ‘Amistad’ seems quite unaffected. I have taken cuttings but I hope it will survive the winter it is such a lovely big plant now.
For pinks I have used Nicotiana ‘Whisper Deep pink’ which is gorgeous. Gaura lindheimeri has been blooming for ages and is quite unscathed by the frost. The pink Chrysanthemum ‘Suffolk Pink’ was found in a Suffolk garden. The red penstemon clashes a bit, but one is glad of any colour in November.
The grass is Pennisetum allopecuroides‘Hameln’ and the white berries are snow berries, Symphoricarpos albus, but I wouldn’t recommend this invasive plant to anyone, it is the Devils’ Spawn and impossible to eradicate.
Happy Fourth Anniversary to Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden. Do go and see what curious containers everyone else has put their flowers in today. You’ll find that there is not a vase to be seen.