In a Vase on Monday: Hanging On

img_8441Last week’s frost, by seeing off all the dahlias, has drastically reduced the options for my Monday vases – but experience from the previous three years has shown that there will still be treasures to find every week, albeit harder to find. Thank you for all your best wishes for the third anniversary of the meme, and well done to Anna of Green Tapestry for winning the draw – your prize will be on its way soon, Anna.

img_8442So what hangers on made it to this mid-November’s vase, displayed in a Prinknash jug on a plate rack in the kitchen, supported by the row of jugs hanging below? First to be snipped were a pair of Chrysanthemum ‘Sheer Purple’ blooms, shoved into a border on a sink-or-swim  basis as they barely performed last year but were still alive. They haven’t sunk, but are doggy paddling rather than swimming – so I jumped in and rescued them so they could star at least for this week.

They were joined by a motley crew: a sprig of miniature rose ‘The Fairy’, two stems of Persicaria ‘Blackfield’, a spent crocosmia seedhead, heads of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, purple and white Twinny Antirrhinum, my last remaining cosmos, the odd white cornflower, img_8444Lavender ‘Spanish Eyes’ and the pretty seed pods of Clematis ‘Gravetye Beauty’. The end result is definitely a ‘better together’ vase although, taken indoors, the main photo doesn’t do the little posy justice – but the overhead photo does at least give a clearer idea of the contents.

With vases posted from three different continents, these next few months will highlight the range of weather patterns experienced by our blogging friends and how they affect what grows in their gardens. What will you find in your garden today or forage from nearby to pop in your vase and share with us in the usual way?



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    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sandra – there were a couple of blue cornflowers I could have included too but decided not to because they were so different to anything else

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  3. Cathy says:

    The colour of those Chrysanths is wonderful, and how lucky to find some pretty pastels to go with them. Frost has hit us too the last few nights, but I also have some hangers on:
    Thanks Cathy, and have a good week!

    • Cathy says:

      There are only two long straggly stalks and these two blooms – but it’s better than nothing 😉 Look forward to seeing your post-frost hangers on

  4. Christina says:

    That’s very pretty Cathy; and not really autumnal looking at all. I like the colour of your Chrysanthemum. I found a surprise today! here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      You’re right, it definitely didn’t look autumnal when it was all put together. Hmm, I wonder what surprise you have found…

  5. Anca Tîrcă says:

    These hangers on are lovely, aren’ t they? And such a joy when you find them in the garden!My vase:

  6. I love the idea of hanger ons and your pitcher collection is fabulous. I love the way you have them displayed on the plate rack.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Marian – I usualy try to photograh them outside as the light is better, but I liked the idea of having the jugs as my ‘props’ today

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Love your mixed bouquet Cathy, especially the overhead view. You found many attractive items for the pretty jug.

  8. I love the clematis seed heads used in here. It ties them all together. Happy Monday.

  9. [D] Wonderful bouquets ; Wonderful vases too. Your title photo is a real treat – a pallet of colours, tones, forms, materials that are so nostalgic!

  10. You say motley; I say lovely. We’ve finally had a frost also, but there is still a surprising amount of material in my garden that still looks good. My vase is here:

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  12. It’s amazing what we continue to find in the garden at this time of year, isn’t it! That chrysanthemum is just gorgeous. I am so glad you didn’t throw it out. Mine is here:

  13. I like the crew and think they look wonderful together. The Fairy is an old favorite of mine and I really like the Clematis seed heads in arrangements, swirly wonderfulness! Here is my vase:

  14. Well done Cathy, is that old mans beard in your vase as well? It is a pretty mix for November. The frost here last week knocked everything so I had to raid the hedgerows.

  15. Peter Herpst says:

    Luckily, we haven’t had a frost yet but the garden is definitely winding down rapidly. You’ve rescued some pretty hangers-on from the cold! Here’s my attempt:

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Cathy, isn’t it just amazing what we are still finding in our garden despite the time of year. I keep thinking each week that I’ll be resorting to holly and ivy but my garden has other ideas! Your unsinkable chrysanthemum is a fabulous colour and I do like all the hangers on. It’s hangers on in my vase too:

  17. Kris P says:

    It’s a lovely collection, Cathy! I think I may need to reconsider mums. Frost is virtually inconceivable here, where it feels much more like summer than autumn. We’re experiencing yet another heatwave but, pleasant as that may sound to some, it comes with its own challenges as autumn flowers, like the Camellia sasanquas, wither in the heat and very dry air. However, I did find some presentable flowers for this week’s vase:

    • Cathy says:

      I am not sure if two blooms merit this plant being kept though! It’s interesting to read about your ‘heatwave’ challenge – as you say, we have different challenges depending on where we are

  18. Anna says:

    Oh what a most pleasant surprise Cathy – thank you so much 🙂 xxx What an attractive collection of stragglers. I chuckled at the thought of your chrysanthemum doggy paddling. It’s a such a fabulous colour. I think that ‘Sheer Purple’ was included in the collection I bought last year from Sara Raven but the only survivor is a rusty orange one. I have chrysanthemums today too :

  19. Chloris says:

    Oh, it looks as if I am not the only one with a thing about jugs. You have collected such a pretty posy today Cathy. I love that chrysanthemum. I shall look out for Sheer Purple. Chrysanthemums are invaluable at this time of the year. My offering is…la-vie-en-rose-2/

  20. johnvic8 says:

    For “hangers on” you have certainly created a lovely vase this week. Lovely.

  21. Barbara says:

    A motley bunch but still so much beauty to be had. I love this vase of saved November gems.

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  23. Sam says:

    I’m amazed by what’s still in flower in your garden, Cathy. Such a pretty jug of flowers. And I love the green jugs hanging below it on the shelf. I had time to throw one together this week, just as the light was well and truly dimming this afternoon. It’s at:
    Many thanks, as always, for hosting. Sam x

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  25. Julie says:

    The leaner days are fast approaching aren’t they Cathy! I think I relish the added challenge of the winter months though – sometimes it feels all too easy in the summer. I have used my last odds and ends of summer to fill out my vase this week as well. Congratulations on reaching your 3rd anniversary – certainly something to celebrate and I am very sorry I was not able to take part last week.

    You can find this weeks contribution at:

    • Cathy says:

      I think I am with you on relishing the added challenge, Julie – even though the prospect doesn’t look great at the moment we know from previous years that we have always come up with the goods so it will make for an exciting few months 😉

  26. karen says:

    I am desperately trying not to be envious of your glorious jug collection. I’m seriously lagging behind here.Still using my great aunt’s kilner jars while I search for alternatives. I do love your shades of pink arrangement this week. It’s so pretty . I love that deep pink chrysanthemum. Here’s my link for this week. I’m really enjoying joining in. With or without a vase

    • Cathy says:

      Car boots and cheap antique fairs, Karen – I keep my hands in my pockets these day, usually, that is! Especially good to have real vintage Kilner jars – they are coming back into fashion now, aren’t they?

  27. smallsunnygarden says:

    The soft pink, purple, white combination is so far from what we think of as autumnal, but so perfect! Your selection of jugs is wonderful too 🙂 It’s roses and lavender here at present – the weather is at its best now, so plants are mostly happy:

  28. Cath says:

    That’s a beautiful picture with the jugs and plates, and the flowers look lovely in it.
    Here’s my very late vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath – I could have done with a smaller jug to put the blooms in as the one I used was rather bigger than I would have liked

  29. Alison C says:

    Beautiful soft colours and the vase sets them off perfectly. I’ve collected the last ditch dahlias, some in bud which I wouldn’t normally but actually they give a more subdued look than the full blown dahlias at their best. I’m looking forward to visiting some other vases.

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  32. rickii says:

    You have found an impressive collection of blooms to extend the season. I’m running late, as usual, but here’s my three-way entry to celebrate your staying power:

  33. You have created such a lovely mix from your garden and the soft colors are lovely! Here is my vase post (last photo) at

  34. No vase from me this week (I chose instead to share some professional arrangements from a competition at our local Chinese Garden), but I had to say how much I love your “jug” collection!

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