Contrasting with the splashes of colour featured in ‘Blooming September’ yesterday, today’s vase focuses on the onset of decay that follows the abundance and glories of summer, with a single bloom of Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ and stems of Persicaria ‘Fat Domino’ juxtaposed with autumnal sprays of an unlabelled miscanthus, seedheads and other decaying or dried material.
The rose, persicaria, miscanthus and a single heuchera leaf are joined by just-gone-over blooms of Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’, faded flower stems of Verbena officinalis ‘Bampton’ and heuchera, rose hips from Rosa ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ and seedheads of clematis, Allium sphaerocephalon and Leonorus sibiricus. The metal spider, originally at home on a wire web strung between two fence posts now lives in the ‘bus shelter’ next to a sign (gifted to a stepson with a spider phobia) instructing spiders to keep out, and seemed the perfect seasonal prop for this vase, with the garden a veritable gallery of webs at this time of year.
Perhaps equally at home with an ‘Onset of Decay’ moniker, my vase from a fortnight ago has only just been dismantled and, despite my hopeful optimism, the sunflower buds from last week, although showing a hint of yellow’, are suffering from malnourishment and are unlikely to develop any further and have gone on the compost heap too.
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