In a Vase on Monday: Oddments

On this grey, damp and drizzly Monday, a day that many people in the UK would consider to be a typical November one, contenders for a vase were few and far between and the result really is a collection of oddments: Astrantia ‘Bowl of Beauty’, the last of its kind for this year, buds of Rosa ‘Harlow Carr’, unlikely to progress further on the bush itself because of the dampness, flowering stems of seed-sown grass Pennisetum villosum, brought into the greenhouse for winter protection, a surviving bedding fuchsia similarly protected, and obligingly useful bronzey-red new foliage of Nandina ‘Obsessed’.

Tucked into another little Caithness Glass vase (not a ubiquitous pink version but a more unusual one somewhere betwixt white and amber), the blooms are a mere echo of warmer months but as perennials also harbour the promise of returning joys to come. As a collection of random oddments, they also gave me an excuse to grab random oddments from my assortment of miniature bits and bobs: a watering can, a domino and what I now see are mismatched shoes!

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43 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Oddments


  2. Christina says:

    I’m here in the UK so experiencing the grey wet weather. Your little posy certainly brightens the day.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh HELLO and how are you, Christina?! I was just thinking about you this orning and thinking I would email for a bit of a catch up. I don’t suppose you will be heading anywhere near the Midlands, will you…?

  3. Heyjude says:

    They may be oddments, but they are perfectly colour coordinated 😉

  4. the running wave says:

    Isn’t amazing how the garden, in the coldest, murkiest of November days, can produce such delicate and beautiful things – especially the fuchsia! Always remind me of ballerinas! A delightful collection! Amanda

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  6. So pretty, and I love the quirky collection of miniatures.
    Here are my renegade anemones:

  7. Noelle says:

    Some choice oddments. Like the running wave I too think of ballerinas. Here is this week’s vase from Somerset.

  8. Pretty in pink and an amazing counter to a cold,drizzly November day. Always interesting to see what lasts the longest in the garden and some nice surprises. I went looking for fall this week

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, you found pretty and cheerful oddments for your vase this week. I love that Astrantia. November has been dull and rainy here too. Looking forward to spring!

  10. A most pretty vision Cathy on such a dull and dreary Monday. That astrantia has some serious staying power. My last flowering one fizzled out sometime in October. The miniature props are a perfect match colour wise. Many thanks as always for hosting. I have to confess that my vase is a bit of a cheat this week :

    • Cathy says:

      I have been thrilled with the late blooms on many of the astrantia this year, Anna, but am suddenly reminded that I could do with taking some divisions as they are always snapped up on the plant stall

  11. Kris P says:

    Astrantia is near the top of my list of coveted plants I can’t grow so I enjoy every opportunity to see those pretty flowers. That you have 2 pairs of tiny pink shoes among your oddments is priceless! I’m hustling this morning as we just got word the electrician will be back to work here in an hour, cutting off our electrical power and breaking a new hole in my office wall, so here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      The shoes are probably Barbie or Cindy’s, Kris! We had a planned power cut this morning too, Kris, so I know how much you might have to work around it. Fortunately we were only off for 3 hours instead of 6

  12. Cathy is very happy to see such beautiful flowers at the end of November raining and cold also here in Madrid. I love Astratias just like Fuchsia. It is a divine vase, magnificent. You have an incredible collection of miniatures: the shower and the pink shoes are lovely. Greetings from Margarita.

  13. karen says:

    Yes, I love the odd flower, even if it’s the last one. I’ve got one perfumed pink in flower and it’s a joy. Here’s my yellow chrysanthemums this week.

  14. I totally agree, your vase is ‘

  15. Chloris says:

    Preety pink sumer stragglers. This time of the year makes us comb our garden for any little dots of colour that would be overlooked in the abundance of summer. I love your little dancing fuchsia.

  16. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see Astrantia and Fuchsia in November – almost December. Your oddments are delightful Cathy.

  17. tonytomeo says:

    It is a challenge to identify the components. Some are quite unfamiliar.

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