In a Vase on Monday. Mellow Fruitfulness.

I was going to take you into my greenhouse today, in fact I’ve been meaning to do a greenhouse blog for ages, but Cathy at Rambling in the Garden is celebrating the 7th anniversary of her meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’ and so I had to put something together to join in with her celebration. Her challenge today is to create a vase with no flowers and it is a great time of the year to enjoy seeds and fruits or drupes. They come in such an abundance of shapes and colours and they give so much pleasure in the autumn garden. My apple crop has been phenomenal this year and now the ones that are still lying around and rotting are creating a glut for wasps and butterflies. it has been so mild that I still have red admiral butterflies around.

I didn’t have much time to get the material together because it was getting dark but here is what I picked. For berries I chose some lovely, shiny purple Callicarpa bodinieri, nothing else has berries in just this colour, except perhaps for the climber Akebia quinata which sometimes has a strange, pulpy fruit in pale lilac. As we are talking about autumn fruit I have to show it to you. I read that it is edible, but somehow I don’t quite fancy it.

Akebia quinata

But back to the callicarpa berries, I think they would make a gorgeous necklace.

Callicarpa bodinieri

The red lozenge-shaped berries are Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’. I grow a few barberries for their lovely leaf colour but I grow one specially for the gorgeous fruit and it is the rare Berberis georgei. If I was going to make jewellery out of this one, it would be dangly earrings.

I grow another rare berberis for the beautiful blue leaves in summer. It is called Berberis temolaica.

Berberis temolaica in summer

Now the blue leaves have turned a lovely red colour. They make a nice contrast with the evergreen, vareigated Pittospermum tenuifolium ‘Elizabeth’.

I used two different types of fluffy pennisetum grasses. Penisetumm villosum is white and Pennisetum alopecuriodes has brown heads and makes a larger plant.

So far we have red and purple berries, but can you spot the pink ones? This is euonymus, I’m not sure which variety, as I grew it from a seed which fell into my pocket. It could be Euonymus hamiltonianus. I have several in different colours but this is my favourite.

I have used a yellow fruit from Chaenomeles japonica.

Some people call these fruit quinces but the real quince is a tree Cydonia oblonga and it has much larger fragrant fruit and beautiful blossom in spring.

Cydonia oblonga ‘Vranja’

The little brown fruit in my arrangement is the rather peculiar medlar. This is apparently edible if you blet it which really means letting it go rotten. I have never been tempted to eat it, but it makes a pretty little tree with lovely blossom.

Mespilus germanica

I am crazy about crab apple trees and I have bought several new ones for my piece of reclaimed garden. The largest one I have is ‘Golden Hornet which was here when we came and it is enormous. If you like crab apples with yellow fruit I would go for ‘Comtessa de Paris’ which has persistent fruit which doesn’t go brown.

Malus ‘Golden Hornet’

I have used a fruit from my little Malus ‘Evereste’ in the arrangement.

Malus ‘Evereste’

The large fruit on the table is from one of my new crab apples and it is called ‘Jelly King’, it is quite a new introduction and I think it is the best of the large fruited varieties. It is supposed to be good for crab apple jelly but I’d rather have the fruit on the tree. And anyway, I really can’t be bothered to mess about making crab apple jelly, life is far too short.

Three of my other favourite crab apples are Malus transitora which has loads of small bead -like yellow fruit and I grew mine from seed so I know it is one of the few which come true from seed. Malus ‘Cardinal’ has gorgeous pink blossom and lovely red fruit.

Malus ‘Cardinal’

Ok, you haven’t got all day, I’ll just show you just one more crab apple which I bought in the early spring and enjoyed its beautiful white blossom. It is called ‘Malus ‘Wedding Bouquet’. The little red fruit persist well into December.

Malus brevipes ‘Wedding Bouquet’

I really meant to include some sorbus berries but I forgot and it is too dark to go down the garden and get some now. So I will show you a picture of my favourite one at the moment. I have a couple of new ones but they are too small to look very good yet. I also have some seed grown ones, so I am looking forward to seeing how they turn out.

Sorbus hupehensis

So there we have it, all the lovely fruit in my vase and quite a bit that would have been in there if I had had more time. These early, dark afternoons rather creep up on you. I have used a brown Hornsea pottery jam pot which I bought many years ago at Hornsea. I thought the colour is nice and autumnal.

Congratulations Cathy, on seven years of bringing pleasure to so many people with your Monday vases. A vase without flowers is a good way of celebrating the autumn garden.

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25 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Mellow Fruitfulness.

  1. Heyjude says:

    Wow! You have so much colour in your garden still. Love all the crab apples, and that is such a lovely non-flower vase!

  2. pbmgarden says:

    Wonderful to see your autumn wonders. I love Malus ‘Cardinal’. Your Monday vases are always a treat.

  3. Kris P says:

    That brown fruit does make an interesting addition to your arrangement although I prefer the purple, red and yellow berries. The pink Euonymus berries are remarkable – I wouldn’t even have recognized them as berries had you not identified them as such. I briefly considered adding yellow guavas to my arrangement this week but the fruit’s too heavy and the only thing really attractive about it is its pink interior. I’m told it makes nice jelly but I’ve never tried to make that and, as even the squirrels here don’t seem much inclined to eat the fruit, I have to wonder just how much sugar would be required to make it palatable.

    • Chloris says:

      Medlar fruit certainly isn’t beautiful, in fact historically it has been called rude names because of its peculiar form, but it is interesting. The pink fruited Euonymus hamiltanianus is spectacular.

  4. Oh gosh, I should have joined in this one. I love the challenge, and I love your arrangement! The fruits are everywhere right now, if we just have the patience and creativity to find them and use them. Nice work!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Lots of lovely color and fruit in your garden (naturally!) and your vase offers a rich autumnal look. Beautiful!

  6. How does your Golden Hornet stay upright under all that fruit, it is spectacular. Lovely arrangement. 🙂

  7. Cathy says:

    Glorious! The pale pink Euonymous is a nice change from the common red ones, and I love the foliage you use with all your fruits. And what treasures those fruits are, even if you aren’t going to eat them yourself! A lovely post Chloris. 😃

  8. snowbird says:

    What lovely crab apple trees you have. Goodness, what a beautiful, unusual vase, you have surpassed yourself. I can just imagine the necklace and earing! wonderful, all of it.xxx

  9. Cathy says:

    Oh what a lovely fruity vase, Chloris – and how exciting being able to plant up your reclaimed bit of garden with all these new plants! You are amassing a fine collection of crab apples and the new giant size one is amazing. I am sure the pretty euonymus flowers would make a fine piece of jewellery too – some sort of pearly tiara perhaps? Thanks for taken the time out of your busy gardening schedule to join in or anniversary celebrations

  10. Noelle M says:

    I award you Queen of Autumn accolade, but then I realise it would be Queen of the May as well, as the bloom forming these fruits were also superb in in your garden. Happy Anniversary.

  11. Super to see the callicarpa berries next to the berberis. Very Dixter! What lovely looking fruit everywhere. Do you use it all?

  12. tonytomeo says:

    The quince is rad! There are not many of them around anymore. The medlar and crabapples are rad too, and of course the beautyberry. I have never seen beautyberry before, but will eventually grow it.

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