For many of us, the opening lines of Keats’ poem ‘Ode to Autumn’ are immediately brought to mind when autumnal colours become prevalent in our gardens and seasonal low-lying mists begin to hang over river valleys and other hollows. One such mist took me by surprise yesterday, as invariably do the webs of the orb spiders that frequent our gardens at this time of year.
Today’s vase is very seasonal in this respect, with several stems of Dahlia ‘Art Deco’ joined by a couple of the nearby blooms of Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’, seedheads of dark-leaved honesty Lunaria ‘Chedglow’ and a sprig of crab apple Malus ‘Evereste’, beginning
to colour up with its attractive peachy tones. The vase is an unmarked vintage stoneware pot, normally found sitting on a kitchen windowsill holding spatulas but temporarily transformed into a vase due to its rich colour and squat shape. The prop is a handmade metal spider, once at the centre of a wire web between posts, but now lodging in the bus shelter along with the ‘spiders keep out’ sign that has also served as a prop in the past
In the southern hemisphere, the season will no doubt be bringing with it new life and spring bulbs, but here or there, wherever you are, please consider joining us today on IAVOM by finding material from your garden to pop in a vase or jam jar and share with the rest of by leaving the usual links.