Last week Joanna of Edinburgh Garden Diary posted an IAVOM featuring a collection of teeny vases and inkwells with single blooms, and I am afraid I have unashamedly pinched the idea to make the most of a selection of the last remaining blooms from my own garden. Thanks for the prompt, Joanna – much appreciated!
At the back is an unopened bud of Rosa ‘The Poet’s Wife’, current favourite Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ and young spikes of Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’; fully grown spikes of this salvia seem to grow to around twelve inches long, too tall for today’s IAVOM but a very pretty combination of soft purple and off-white. The four inkpots in the middle house my last remaining dahlia of 2018, ‘Willo’s Violet’, the first chrysanthemum bloom, courtesy of a cutting from Chloris which I think might be ‘Mary Stoker’, contrasting stems of Salvia ‘Hotlips’ (new to me this year; one bloom typically bi-coloured, the other only red), with the fourth holding pretty Alonsoa ‘Salmon Beauty’. At the front is new addition Salvia ‘Cerro Potosi’ and Fuchsia ‘Voodoo’ with its long long style and stigma. Together they represent the remaining spicks and specks of my November garden, spots of colour and specks of brightness.
Next week is the fifth anniversary of In a Vase on Monday for which I am setting a challenge and offering a giveaway. It is not compulsory, but I am challenging contributors to a ‘(Not) In a Vase on Monday’; I shan’t be any more specific than that to allow you plenty of leeway, so do give it some thought and see what you come up with. The last five years of IAVOM have been a wonderful journey so let’s celebrate with something a little different!
In the meantime, see what you can find in your gardens today, spicks and specks or autumnal bounty, and pop it in a vase or other receptacle as usual, leaving the usual links – then get your thinking caps on for next week!