‘No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds-
November !’ Thomas Hood.
Clearly, Thomas Hood was having a bad day when he wrote his famous November poem, and clearly he didn’t grow chrysanthemums. My garden is full of colour at the moment, provided by these autumn beauties but they are not for today. Over at Rambling in the Garden, Cathy’s meme In a Vase on Monday is 8 years old today and she has challenged us to celebrate it by sharing a vase with no fresh blooms. I have been a bit lax about keeping up with my blog lately. Other things have got in the way and after seven years I feel I am saying the same things again and again. However, there will be some exciting new developments next year to write about and meanwhile I can’t let my lovely friend’s anniversary pass by unremarked by me. Most years I grow quite a range of flowers for drying, but this year I didn’t bother so I had to comb the garden to see what I could find. I used my old Staffordshire Ironstone autumn fruits jug to display them in.
Natural daylight makes them look a little washed out so I used the flash for the next photo.
I have recycled some flowers from a previous vase which I had kept to see how the flowers would dry. This is how the Mathiasella bupleurides looked in a vase in July. The flowers are green at first and then get flushed with red.
With the dried flower heads I used the seed heads of eryngiums, nigella and Clematis rehderiana. This is a lovely primrose- coloured, late flowering clematis which seeds about profusely. The seed heads are pretty too.
The brown seed head is from my Tree Peony and the curly twigs are from Meulenbergia astonii which is such a wonderful feature of my winter garden. The bright orange berries are from Iris foeditissima which seeds all over the garden. Other touches of orange come from the seed heads of crocosmia. Grasses are lovely for this sort of arrangement, I have used the fluffy heads of pennisetums, molinia and miscanthus and a few sprigs of Briza media saved along with the Mathiasella bupleuroides.
Hood’s dismal description of November seems far from the truth today. The sun is shining, I spotted a Red Admiral butterfly on the dahlias which are still going strong and a little robin followed me round the garden. And I just spotted this little ladybird who had hitchhiked a ride into the house.
Congratulations to Cathy who has kept up with this popular meme for so long and who has brought so much pleasure to people all round the world. It is lovely to bring flowers into the house and share them, specially as the the weather gets colder. I have popped in and out of In a Vase on Monday for the last seven years, but even when I don’t find time to share my vase, I still pick flowers and I enjoy seeing what other people have produced. Thanks Cathy.