In a Vase on Monday: ‘Tis the Season

Time after time, my Monday vases just fall into place – contents, vase and props – seemingly with little input from me and a great deal owed to serendipity, and today is one of those occasions. Starting with orange Dahlia ‘David Howard’, I planned to stick with autumnal shades and fellow Dahlia ‘Bishop of Landaff’, annual Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’, Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine and crab apples from Malus ‘Evereste’ quickly followed.

Searching for a suitably autumnal or earthy toned vase proved harder, with possible choices being too small for the number of stems. Quite by chance I happened upon this slip glazed mug or tankard, which has probably not received a second glance since it was purchased (and I couldn’t tell you when that was), but seemed just the job for today’s IAVOM. However, it was when I added the prop (a carved wooden pear, bought at a car boot sale for the criminally low price of 50p), and a metamorphic leaf from witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ that I realised how perfectly they all came together, a symphony of autumnal shades.

Perhaps there will be serendipity in your vase-making today – please share the results with us here on IAVOM by leaving the usual links.

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34 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: ‘Tis the Season

  1. Anna says:

    Oh that is not only an inspired but also a pearfect autumnal vase Cathy with colours, shades, flowers, fruit and props complimenting each other so exquisitely. The pear looks as if it could be ceramic and what a snip at that price! I might try growing some different rudbeckias from seed next year and ‘Irish Eyes’ looks most appealing. Hope that you have a good week and that the weather turns out better than the forecast. It sometimes does 😄 Rudbeckias and autumnal shades from me too this week :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – I was chuffed at the result. I actually got 2 apples and 2 pears from the car boot and it made me feel dad that someone would part with them for next to nothing. I too aim to grow more rudbeckias next year but to my shame realised very recently that you had kindly gifted me a packet of R Sahara and somehow they had not been sown…don’t know why but suspect they hadn’t been united with my other seeds…SO sorry 🙄

    • Cathy says:

      Did my comment on your post get to you, Anna? It seemed to disappear very quickly…

      • Anna says:

        Oh your missing comment has vamooshed in the ether Cathy. I have checked both comments awaiting moderation and spam but zilch. I sometimes notice that my replies to comments on my blog disappear and I have start again! I’m getting rather frustrated with Blogger now. A real bargain then but as you say sad that somebody would part with them for that price. No need at all to apologise about the seeds – I hope that you get the chance to sow some next spring 😃😘

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  3. Cathy says:

    Beautiful October colours, and I really love the use of crab apples in the vase. 😉 I also like your pear very much and it is the perfect accompaniment for today. And the leaf is a lovely reminder of the winter beauties to come! Here is my vase for today, also autumnal and I think a pear might also just be visible in the photos!🍎🌻🍐/

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I think there might be a lot of autumnal vases today! ps the seeds have arrive today and I will be in touch

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, you nailed it with your autunm-themed vase this Monday. The crabapples are a great addition to the lovely mix, trying the colors together and providing interesting texture. Hope you have a great week. Things remain unsettled here but looking up.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – these crab apples are a real delight and are something I can enjoy from the kitchen windows on wet days like this! Glad to hear things are looking up 👍

  5. It’s a wonderful autumnal vase – what caught my eye first were the crab apples – they looks like plump ripe grapes ready for harvest! Have a great week!

  6. Noelle M says:

    A celebration of Autumn indeed, and it looks as if you managed to rescue a few blooms despite the wind and rain. Those Crab apples are lovely. I too love serendipity….

    • Cathy says:

      Sunday when I picked them was a half-decent day here, Noelle – but sadly I had no time for gardening other than preparing this vase and a posy for a visit I was making

  7. Noelle M says:

    I was so taken with your vase and props, that I forgot to add the link to my IAVOM: here it is

  8. Lovely and soooo autumnal. I get a lot of vase serendipity as well. Which makes for more fun! Here is my vase.

  9. Eliza Waters says:

    A lovely autumn selection, Cathy. I esp. love the fall colours this time of year. My vase sports orange today, too. 🙂

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  11. krispeterson100 says:

    I can only wish it felt, much less looked, like autumn here, Cathy. Other than the shorter days, there’s little to signify that season yet – it feels as though we’re smack in the middle of summer still. I wish I had some of your handsome ‘David Howard’ Dahlias to mark the change even if the temperatures don’t. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Would you consider living anywhere else, Kris?

      • krispeterson100 says:

        I’ve often considered moving, Cathy, but circumstances dictated otherwise when we bought our current place almost 10 years ago. Coincidentally, my husband, who’s the last person I’d thought would broach the subject (especially after last year’s expensive remodel), brought up the prospect just last week – and he was serious too. But serious to my husband means scads of research before we tip a toe into the pond…

  12. the running wave says:

    Loving your crab apples Cathy! Very fruity and autumnal, pair/peared with your lovely pear and all the colours in your vase. Autumn is certainly here! I am sorry I have no vase to share with all my IAVOM friends, except to see on Instagram (amandagraham2050), the reason being Blogger has prevented me from accessing my blog. Majorly unhappy. They requested I updated my browser, and in order to do that I had to upgrade my operating system, and then Safari, and I still can’t get in, and worst still, the new OS doesn’t support my old iPhoto, so I am currently unable to do anything with my photos either. So, I am sorry not to share my lovely sweet peas with you, but I will still be visiting every week and enjoying all your vases until I get a new blog (it will still be therunningwave) hopefully set up with WordPress. Fingers crossed. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Oh how frustrating, Amanda – I know others have had some issues with Blogger, but not being locked out 🙄 It seems bizarre that updating your browser should cause such problems – do they have a helpline or anything? I am amazed you still have your sweet peas – when were these ones sown? Keep on enjoying them while you can and we will see you again soon 😊

  13. Cathy is a magnificent autumnal vase, I love it. The Dhalias are divine and their colors spectacular. Rudbeckia is wonderful. The Sedum is very special and the crab apples are lovely. The vase you have chosen in the colors ranging from very dark mustard to very dark cauldron to brown tones is wonderful and matches the lovely carved wooden pear – I love it. And the special touch, the witch hazel leaf is its lovely autumn hues – I love it as a whole, it’s divine. Stay safe. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita x

  14. A lovely time of year for flower and fruit combinations. I love your crab apples, you’ve matched it all perfectly with the vase. Am I allowed to say it looks like a 70s colour scheme? Its very much meant as a compliment! I’m also loving Chris Mousseau’s chilli and zinnia combination. This looks like it should be in a posh magazine shoot somewhere! Loads of inspiration, thanks, Claire
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    • Cathy says:

      Haha, yes I see what you mean about the 70s! 😁 I had some lovely yellow ochre Laura Ashley wallpaper (in fact it is probably still on the wall in the ex marital home as my ex has not touched since the decor since I left…). Hmm, in fact, I would happily decorate this house in 70s and early 80s Laura Ashley wallpaper…so had to find nice wallpaper these days with a tiny pattern… But I digress! Thanks Claire, for your kind comments

  15. tonytomeo says:

    ‘Everest’ crabapple is cool. I have never seen it, but investigated it as a candidate for our landscapes. I could not determine if it is a fruiting crabapple that is pretty enough to be a flowering crabapple, or a flowering crabapple that happens to make good fruit. Regardless, I presently grow only a few trees of the same cultivar of fruiting crabapple that was here half a century ago. I do not know what it it, but I am satisfied with it. The flowering crabapples are ‘Prairie Fire’, which is VERY rich pink.

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