Despite anticipating a struggle to find something appropriate to put in a vase today I did not after all have to resort purely to foliage. The arching stems of bidens protruding stiffly from some hanging baskets were ideal contenders for one of my stoneware ink pots, thus demanding equally small scale compatriots, and the presence of a clutch of crab apples on the adjacent Malus ‘Golden Hornet’ and developing seed pods and remaining flowers on Crocosmia ‘Constance’ and ‘Emily McKenzie’ instantly suggested the muted autumn colours of the final arrangement. A stray ‘Welsh’ poppy flower, hips from climbing rose ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’, seedheads of Rudbeckia fulgens and precious stems of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ with a handful of recently fallen magnolia leaves added the final touches. I am not one for flower ‘arranging’, but having plonked things in a vase I can rearrange them until I feel happy with them, which I am with these – whew! Another week of having something In a Vase on Monday!
If this is inspiring or encouraging anyone else to get into the habit of finding things to fill a vase (or a thinking-out-of a box) every Monday then please feel free to make a comment on this post with a link to your own Monday vase, and include a link on your post to this one if you like so we can all encourage each other. Thank you to Julie for being the first one to join in last week.