In a Vase on Monday: Forever Autumn

IMG_6121The summer sun is fading as the year grows old,
and darker days are drawing near,
the winter winds will be much colder,
now you’re not here…                                                               (Moody Blues ‘Forever Autumn’)

… so once again I am filling a vase with dahlias and the best of other autumn bloomers as they may well not be here next week.

IMG_6123I therefore picked all dahlia blooms that were still on the ascendant and added the first few chrysanthemum blooms too, having realised after reading Anna’s and Christina’s posts last week that my ambivalence towards the latter seems to depend on the type of bloom – these orange, densely packed ‘Orange Allouise’  blooms are a no-no for me, but the more open petals of the dark red ‘John Riley’ are quite appealing. The chrysanths and dahlias ‘Karma Serena’, ‘Karma Naomi’ and Bishop of Llandaff’ were joined by as many blooms as I could muster from Rudbeckias ‘Cherry Brandy’ and ‘Rustic Dwarf’. Red Amaranthus caudatus and heads of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ were included to reflect the pinky redness of Karma Naomi.

IMG_6124As an afterthought, twigs of twisted hazel were added to the blooms in an autumnal coloured glazed jug, the bare stems seemingly hinting at the colder months to come. Joining the vase were little dishes from IKEA children’s section, part of a Chinese tea service I guess, filled with autumnal coloured crystals – yellow citrine, reddish orange carnelian and the brown and yellow banded tiger’s eye with its curious chatoyancy. The jug was photographed in the woodland, almost blending into the leafy undergrowth – so although perhaps not ideal just goes to show how autumnal the contents were.

Next week sees the second anniversary of In a Vase on Monday when everyone who posts a vase will go into a draw for a vase-related giveaway. Several bloggers have posted a vase nearly every week since my own first tentative effort, but for those who haven’t yet joined the meme why don’t you give it a try? The idea is to find  material from your own garden or foraged locally to plonk or place in a vase or other container to bring you pleasure during the week – which they certainly have done for many of us. Just leave links to and from your post so we can see what you have found – or just enjoy other people’s vases if you are not able to create your own. See you soon!




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69 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Forever Autumn

  1. What a delightful post on your vase, using the autumnal undergrowth and Chinese tea service is so creative, you are full of original ideas. The twisted hazel and chrysanths adds orientale flavour to it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate, and sometimes things just come together by themselves – like the chrysanths/Chinese tea service/twisted hazel, which were not a planned link at all!

  2. Hannah says:

    Your vase does look quintessentially autumnal surrounded by fallen leaves and with the brown tea set. I like the pink and orange colors, especially offset with the reds, textures of the sedum blooms, and the white flowers to brighten them up. The trailing twisted hazel twigs make even more of an autumnal feeling. The orange-red carnelians add such nice shiny color. I had never heard the work chatoyancy before, what a fascinating word! My link is

  3. Brian Skeys says:

    A very autumn vase set among the fallen leaves Cathy. The Karma’s are an excellent series of dahlias. I have cheated in more ways than one Cathy by posting some flower arrangements on Saturday for Halloween!

  4. Ann Edwards Photography says:

    such a pretty woodland scene. I love that Moody Blues track and will, no doubt, be singing it all day now! Here is my link –

  5. I love this week’s vase and the presentation….I keep saying I need to work on my presentation. I love the choices in vase and bowls with the stones as well as all those dahlias….it does all blend with the autumn leaves but that makes it perfect. And 2 years next week. A wonderful accomplishment. I will have to mention it on my blog next week….

    This weeks vase turned into vases as another frost was coming….and I found a few dahlias finally blooming…yippee!

  6. I just love the deep autumn colours here. Mine is nowhere near as elaborate. I tend toward much more casual….

  7. Anna says:

    Oh I think that the setting is a perfect backdrop for your vase this week Cathy. I can almost imagine that’s it’s a setting for a tea party for little woodland spirits. I think that you’ve hit the nail on the head with your chrysanthemum observations. ‘Froggy’ has finally opened here but the flowers look rather puny 😦 I’m going to have another go next year though and give the crysanths more tlc. I’ve been meaning to ask for ages whether you can recommend a good introductory book about crystals as I would love to find out more about them. ‘John Riley’ has crept into my vase again this week here :

  8. Joanne says:

    I love the busy-ness of the woodlands scene, with all of those gorgeous autumnal colours, Cathy. 🙂

  9. Annette says:

    Autumn’s bounty! Beautiful still life, Cathy, and I’m delighted to join in today: As for the chrysanthemums – I’ve mixed emotions too but love the single, simple flowered varieties. In the last issue of Gardens Illustrated Noel Kingsbury featured fab Chrysanthemums from Japan that almost knocked me off my chair, so stunning were they!

  10. pbmgarden says:

    The tea set, the leaves and ivy play well with your autumnal flowers. Glad your dahlias are still producing lovely blooms. Chrysanthemums are those old reliables in the garden–I’ve used them today as well.

  11. Your ‘afterthought’ of the twisted hazel is great as it really adds another dimension to the arrangement. Standing the arrangement in the Autumn leaves is delightful and really demonstartaes how deeply into Autumn we now are.
    I am joining you today

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Dorris – and I too am pleased I thought of the twisted hazel. I used it several times in the early days but seem to have ignored it since then with all the other potential materials available!

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  14. Christina says:

    Your vase is so rich in colour, I love the strong autumn colours, but I couldn’t resist just one last ‘summer’ vase, here’s my link:
    Thanks for hosting

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – and today I was eyeing up the pale pink sweet peas and wondering if they would still be there next week 😉

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  16. jenhumm116 says:

    I really like the addition of the hazel to your lovely dahlias. And I must grow that rudbeckia again next year. Just lovely.
    Here’s mine, a terrible cheat, but hope you’ll forgive me.

  17. Sam says:

    A very autumnal vase – love the setting. I haven’t done one this week (work deadline) but hope to join you again next Monday.

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  19. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous rich colours in a lovely autumnal setting. The hazel twig is a perky twist! I especially love that last photo. Here is my offering for this week Cathy, picked just before Jack Frost visited last night!

  20. Noelle says:

    I love your vase again Cathy, and the song too…found a Moody Blues CD and have been playing a few tracks…the seasons are playing around with us…

  21. FlowerAlley says:

    I loved the tea set and stones. The twirled twigged added a nice touch to the display. We have poring rain in NC, so there will be no vase from me today.

  22. Julie says:

    Your autumnal vase is making me anxious to get back to my garden Cathy. We should have been home today but are stuck in a very hot & sticky Miami after our flight was cancelled last night. I am keeping my fingers crossed that my dahlias will still be flowering as you clearly have lots of beauties to chose from. Hopefully there will be chrysanthemums too – Allouise Orange is a favourite of mine but I have been enjoying chrysanthemums for a few years now – they are certainly an acquired taste! I am looking forward to being back with you next week – I am amazed that it is the second anniversary already!!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, I am so sorry you have been delayed – I know you were hoping to be posting a vase today. Hope you have a safe journey home soon – and find lots of chrysanthemums in your garden!

  23. Julie says:

    Just realised my reader is not posting under my blog name – not quite sure why it didn’t appear as Peonies & Posies but that is a problem that can wait until we get home!!

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Yet another lovely post, Cathy. I still haven’t got your knack of setting the scene … love the photographs of your vase taken on the woodland floor. I see that many of us have chosen a poetic quote too … could be that this wonderful season of autumn inspires our poets, and gardeners, more than any other. I love your selection of blooms, and twigs, this week. I don’t grow chrysanthemums, yet, but I think I need to find some red ones – they would be perfect for our newest flower bed. You’ll find that I’ve used different blooms but similar colours in my vase today:

    • Cathy says:

      I know many of my poems have been written in autumn so you may well be right. The scene setting just adds a little to the challenge but sometimes has unexpected benefits – such as memories!

  25. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Another creative and beautiful arrangement! This really shows the beauty of the season and your choice of locale to photograph your vase is inspired. I really admire your inclusion of props with your arrangements and will start thinking more in that direction myself. My contribution for this week can be found here:

  26. Kris P says:

    Two years, Cathy! That’s a journey – thanks for leading the way! I’ve been in well over a year but I’ll have to check exactly when I joined up.

    I’m glad to get another look at your pretty dahlias. There’s still little sign of fall here, although the nights are cooler. Here’s my post:

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  28. Gillian says:

    Thanks for hosting Cathy and congratulations on your anniversary! I joined in for the first time about a year ago with Iceberg Roses which I have also included today. Your Dahlias and autumn leaves are lovely.

  29. Keeping at something like this for two years is quite remarkable – I need to go back into your archives and discover some of the early entries. It’s fun to watch an idea catch hold and grow. My contribution this week is basically the complete opposite of your floral abundance…

    • Cathy says:

      Both comments appeared but required approval for some reason… It is indeed intriguing to go back and look at earlier vases – it shows clearly how over time we have learned to look at our gardens in a different way and find different blooms and foliage we would not have considered using before

  30. My first comment disappeared – so my apologies if this is a duplicate!

    Two years…that’s impressive. I hope to go back and look through your archives, I enjoy watching an idea take hold and grow. My vase this week is the opposite of your floral abundance…

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  32. Is it only two years you have been hosting In a Vase? It’s so famous that I thought it must have been going on for longer than that. I will certainly try to make one up next week too — I wouldn’t want to miss out on the anniversary celebrations! Here is mine this week: and apologies that I have been absent for the past few. I do miss it tremendously when I don’t have time to join in.
    Your curly hazel makes the vase of wonderful rich colours really quite the showstopper. Is it any particular type of hazel? (ie. I want one!). There’s no season quite like autumn for such hot colours as these. And they do cheer us all up in the cold and mists.

  33. Eliza Waters says:

    I think the leafy setting was a perfect background choice, Cathy, as well as the props all adding to the autumnal feeling. The colors are lovely – I’ll be sad to see the last of your dahlias.
    Here’s a link to my vase this week:

  34. Chloris says:

    What a lovely idea to pose your autumn arrangement on the woodland floor and with lovely tawny gemstones to set it off. I love the colours in this week’ s vase. Gorgeous!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – and I can see now that the blooms look even more autumnal grouped together than they did on their individual plants

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  36. rickii says:

    The branch of curly willow is the magic touch. Filling vases will soon become more challenging, but not yet…not yet.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, possibly, but some of us have got through 2 winters of it, the first one as novice vase fillers, so I think we can cope… 😉

  37. Cath says:

    I love the setting and the flowers with the twisty hazel, and the bowls of stones. It looks like an Autumn ceremony, with offerings of sweets and dried fruits.
    Here’s my vase of Spring flowers, a little bit wild.

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