Last week I joined in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday for the first time – on the meme’s fourth anniversary. Then I chose just one bloom, a single purple Gladiolus, displayed in a milk bottle holder, as the challenge was to use something other than a vase to mark the birthday.
This week I have gone for a few more flowers: pretty much everything I could find in my November garden. I have displayed them in an old jug passed down to me from my mother. I have a vague memory of her buying it at a pottery somewhere in Shropshire when I was a young child.
Star of the show is a faded Hydrangea head. In midsummer these flowers are bright blue – we live on chalk but they are in a pot, bought as indoor hydrangeas from Waitrose last year, but doing very well outside on our patio. I love dying hydrangea heads and won’t cut them until new buds appear in the spring.
There is an astral theme to my bouquet, including the seedheads from our Fatsia japonica, which I think are a bit space age, as well as the last of the flowers from the starry purple Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ which I bought at the Glyndebourne Open Gardens in September.
I am pleased the Nigella I sowed late in the season is still flowering in a corner of our front garden, and I even found a couple of late pink Cranesbill flowers. Pink and white valerian is something of a weed in our garden, but quite useful as it has been flowering since the spring and is still going.
Last but not least is the sweet little pink and white Viburnum flowers. I am planning on chopping our Viburnum down towards the end of the winter to make way for new veg beds, so I am enjoying it while I can.
For more inspirational vases why not pop over to Cathy’s blog and check out the comments.