In a Vase on Monday: Onset of Decay

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.

If you have blooms or material of my sort or degree of freshness in your garden or foraged nearby that you have popped into a vase or jamjar, please consider sharing them with us on IAVOM by leaving the usual links to and from this post.

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20 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Onset of Decay

  1. the running wave says:

    Farewell sunflower! It did at least try and managed a little of its sunshine! Munstead Wood is a sumptuous rose! I have been missing mine which I left behind in March, in the outer garden of our previous home, so it’s good to see yours Cathy! Your vase is more seasonal than mine, but I have at last managed one for IAVOM today. It’s very summery but that’s where the infant garden is at the moment! Very many thanks to you, once again, for baling me out and getting me up and running again! Have a good week. Amanda /

    • Cathy says:

      So pleased you got your post published successfully, but it can’t have been at 9.00 surely? Let’s hope it can be a regular thing again from now on! MW is one of my favourite roses and strike a chord with visitors too

  2. pbmgarden says:

    I love the deep rich reds in your vase today Cathy. The soft white clematis seed heads work especially well with the other textures. Lovely. Thanks for hosting us each week.

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    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – the clematis was an afterthought as I thought the whole thing was a bit too open in the middle, and I am really glad I added them. Each of the heads has a fascinating golden patch on them, although probably not noticeable in the photos

  3. Ah, natural progression at work. I hope that spider is not real. There are spiders that size here called house spiders as they like living in the house, a bit terrifying at first but harmless. I love the muted, autumnal colors with the grasses. Mother Nature knows what she is doing. Here is my vase this Monday.

  4. Anna says:

    Oh what glorious rich colours in your vase Cathy. The persicaria and unknown miscanthus are perfect company for ‘Munstead Wood’ which just has to be my favourite rose. I love both the colour and scent. I wonder if any spiders will be centre stage on any of the Chelsea Flower Show exhibits this week. There seem to be at least one dangling from every window I look through at the moment. Well as long as they stay outside we will both be happy 😂 My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Spiders are certainly in huge abundance in the garden this year, possibly more so than other years. Interesting to know how fond you are of MW too which is probably my very favourite too. So far it it is still holding its own in the vae, which was as usual made yesterday

  5. Kris P says:

    The spider prop fits your vignette all too well. Spiders are out in force here and, despite my general awareness, I’ve walked into 2 webs in as many days. Your vignette on decay indicates how pretty a garden can be even as it declines. Much of my own garden is a mess (“decline” is too kind a word for it) due to the scorch caused by the combination of high temperatures and dry soil but the well-watered cutting garden is trudging on to produce the dahlias I’ve been expecting since July. Thanks for hosting, Cathy, and here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Only walked into two webs, Kris? Aren’t you the lucky one?!! I now it has been fairly dry here, but that can’t compare with your conditions

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  7. Cathy says:

    Lovely rich colours. And I love that sign! A few very cool nights have signalled autumn here too, and the garden is beginning to look a bit ruffled. Here is my vase for today. Many thanks Cathy. 😃

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  8. smallsunnygarden says:

    I love the colour blend among MW, the persicaria, and the sedum. Your whole vase is indeed very autumnal, and no doubt approved by the spider. I tried to go with an autumn mood myself, but circumstances were against me…

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Halloween is more than a month away. Gee, that spider looks like something from the Addams Residence (of the Addams Family).
    You might find this to be amusing:


    • Cathy says:

      Haha, yes, I did, Tony. Seeing my adult stepson’s reaction to a spider made me realise how real phobias are and why we need to respect them, however odd they might seem

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