I suppose this vase makes the point that, apart from dahlias, most of the plants still blooming in the garden at the beginning of November are pink – not that that’s a bad thing in my book!
The starting point was the frothy hardy Chrysanthemum ‘Grandchild’; I try hard to appreciate chrysanths and this is one of the prettier hardy ones, but it’s still an uphill struggle – perhaps a greater appreciation will come in time, or perhaps not! Joining them were annual Clary sage ‘Pink Sundae’, enjoying a new lease of life having been cut back a few weeks ago, Amaranthus caudatus, hardworking Scabious ‘Beaujolais Bonnets’ and stems of ‘obedient plant’ Physostegia virginiana which only began flowering in September. The latter is better seen on the overhead view below:
Joining the blooms in the heavy Caithness Glass vase is a rose quartz point. Like all quartz, rose quartz has a hexagonal form, albeit often irregular, but is sometimes found as an amorphous mass. In crystal therapy, rose quartz is believed to bring unconditional love and deep inner healing, whilst a crystal point might be used to channel energy to or from the body, depending on which way it is pointing.
I would be delighted if you chose to share a vase with us today, based on pickings from your garden or foraged locally; please leave links to and from this post if you do so.
Amazingly, next week is the 7th anniversary of In a Vase on Monday! On these anniversaries I like to throw down a challenge – this year, the challenge is to share a vase without blooms. We know that pickings become leaner as we move into winter, but nevertheless a number of us have still managed to post vases throughout the colder months – even without blooms there can still be material available to make a pleasing vase, so do give it a try. As usual I am offering a giveaway, with everyone who comments going into the draw to win a copy of Jenny Joseph (she of the ‘When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple’ fame)’s book ‘Led by the Nose; a Garden of Smells’. See you next week?