In a Vase on Monday. November.

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.

Clematis rehderiana

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.

Miscanthus and nigella seedhead
Pennisetums and Molinia ‘Transparent’

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.

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27 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. November.

  1. pbmstudio says:

    This is just lovely! Mathiasella bupleurides aged gracefully and kept splendid color. Clematis rehderiana is amazing–in and out of a vase. Happy you are still seeing butterflies.

  2. bcparkison says:

    Beautiful. In the past I knew a lovely woman who like to help out young,or not so young, brides with their weddings. She only used what Nature provided…no mater the time of year. Of course she had a lot of extra serving pieces ( silver) that would make any “weed” look good.

  3. Very pretty colors and it looks like fresh flowers. Love the Clematis especially.

  4. Cathy says:

    A lovely vase, and I especially like the Clematis and the Nigella.

  5. Cathy says:

    I have introduced this clematis onto the structure by the entrance border and have had a few flowers this year, so will watch out for some seedheads – I hadn’t realised how late flowering it would be. You have included a fascinating mix in your vase, and the grasses are such a useful addition. Thanks for joining us on this special(ish!) day

    • Chloris says:

      That’s what I love about this clematis; it is so late flowering. But you have to watch it though, it wants to take over if you give it chance. Grasses really come into their own at this time of the year, I love them.

      • Cathy says:

        I remember you warned us of its exuberance before – and having three on the same structure might seemed excessive, but as always I wanted instant impact, not they have got to the exuberant stage yet!

  6. Kris P says:

    Your garden in general offers such a wealth of material, I’m not at all surprised by the range of materials you managed to include in your dry arrangement. In retrospect, I was kicking myself for not saving Nigella seed heads, although at least I did collect the seeds this year 😉

    • Chloris says:

      It is a challenge each year to remember to pick seeds. I always have pockets full of them, but I can never remember what they are. Growing things from seed always offers up some surprises.

  7. swesely says:

    Lovely arrangement, and well suited to your pretty Staffordshire jug!.

  8. Anna says:

    Oh that’s a most a most beautiful concoction Chloris. I’ve missed my mathiesella this year but I’ve noticed what seems to be the appearance of a possible child. The glistening clematis seed heads are a treat. Thomas Hood was writing well before global warming but I think that poem still sums up a real grim November day. I wonder what those new developments of yours are and look forward to hearing all about them.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Anna. Mathiasella is so long lasting in flower, I love it. Yes, the seasons have definitely slipped and November is the new October. But the dark afternoons are a bit dreary. I will tell you about new plans next year. Meanwhile I will try to keep up with reading and writing posts a bit better.

  9. alison41 says:

    I always enjoy your blog posts: keep on blogging, dear gardener!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Alison. I shall certainly keep on blogging as I enjoy the contact with other gardeners round the world. But sometimes there might be gaps as other things get in the way.

  10. Brilliant! In fact I don’t think that I’ve ever seen Mathiasella bupleurides before and I would have probably have assumed it was a hellebore if I had. Also interesting that you’ve dried that clematis so successfully, which I also didn’t know you could do. There are always tons of interesting things in your posts. Do keep them coming!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Alisson. I shall try to keep posting, I suppose we all have spells when life gets in the way of our blogging. But it is great if we can hang on in there. Mathiasella is worth looking out for. I got mine from The Old Vicarage, East Ruston. The flowers start off looking like hellebores and then get tinged with red. They are very long lasting. The clematis isn’t dried, but I thought the seed heads wouldn’t break the ‘ no fresh flowers’ rule.

  11. tonytomeo says:

    That is an interesting challenge. Participants are doing well with it. Years ago, for a vase that I wanted to show off more than flowers that I might put into it. I cut the petioles of windmill palm fronds that needed to be pruned away. Seriously, I cut the fronds from the palm, and just cut the fan leaf part from the petioles. They were . . . different.

    • Chloris says:

      Now, that would be great to have some windmill palm fronds. I have just been reading your interesting post on dried flowers, I’ll pop back later to comment.

      • tonytomeo says:

        The fronds are nothing special. I just kept the petioles because I found them to be interesting at the time. Really though, they are just sticks.

  12. snowbird says:

    Goodness, what a stunning

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