In Vase on Monday: Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness…and Spiders!

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.

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36 Responses to In Vase on Monday: Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness…and Spiders!

  1. Cathy says:

    The dahlia is lovely Cathy, and I love the honesty arching across the arrangement. Not so keen on the spider, although I am quite accustomed to walking into cobwebs too! Here is my vase today:
    Have a great gardening week! 😃

    • Cathy says:

      I do growl at the spiders when their webs catch me out, but I appreciate they do have a job to do! I am glad I included the honesty, which was almost an afterthought

  2. susurrus says:

    Your spider had me fooled for a moment. A few giant ones have made their way inside here over the last week or so. ‘Art Deco’ has beautiful colours and I love the honesty seeds too.

  3. If spiders are eating aphids and asparagus beetles ( the pest du jour, it seems, in my garden, munching aws at rose buds and King Tut papyrus…) then bring ’em on, the more the merrier!

    Love your arrangement, and the repurposed jug!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, better to look at it that way, Chris, as they are doing a good job in the overall scheme of things..and I do always apologise when I break their webs…!

  4. Noelle says:

    Your Dahlias do have that lovely tone which sums up the season of mellow fruitfulness. I love spiders except when they are in the house or round the edge of the windows simply on account of the mess they make. Else where they add interest to the onlooking and are just part of the rich panoply of life. Have a good week.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, a spider’s web is a real work of art and a thong of beauty. These dahlias are in a pot (tank) in view of the house, and have flowered well all summer although their stems are getting shorter now, meaning I have to pick branched stems, where buds might not now open

  5. I love this one and was hoping to read about some signs of autumn. The Dahlias are beautiful and I love the Lunaria with them. That is an impressive spider! Thank you for hosting.

  6. Heyjude says:

    Lovely sunset colours here, not so keen on the spider – I keep running into them in the garden though thankfully not as big as that one looks to be!

  7. Kris P says:

    The dahlia and the rose combine beautifully, Cathy. The spiders are busy here too – I’ve already walked face first into one web as unfortunately there’s been no mist to highlight those for me. My local botanic garden is in the process of setting up a spider exhibit in the pavilion that held butterflies through late July and I have to wonder how many visitors it’ll attract – I’m on the fence myself. I managed an IAVOM post despite the horrible heatwave and the water issue here after all:

    • Cathy says:

      The spider exhibit sounds intriguing – will they be loose in the pavilion? I guess they would have to be – but how will they collect them all in at the end of the exhibit? Slighty easier with butterflies, I think. RHS Wisley have butterflies in one of their glasshouses most years and I have visited once when it was on – amazing to see, as I imagine we have fewer species of butterflies in our gardens in the UK. Look forward to seeing what you have scraped together today!

  8. A most beautiful vase Cathy. Love that dahlia – such a soft colour and it goes so well with Lady Em. Mine is showing a couple of flowers at the moment and I’ve decided to get her a sibling this autumn. Not a fan of 🕷 especially indoors but I appreciate their importance. No vase from me this week – whilst many areas of the country seems to be under sunny skies we have had torrential rain for a good part of the last 24 hours! Everywhere is most soggy indeed

    • Cathy says:

      Will you be planting Lady Em #2 near #1? I am still contemplating whether to move the little bench and have mine right next to each other. You have certainly had far more rain than us – although I did think a sudden shower would prevent me from taking a posy to a friend today, but is topped just in time for me to quickly snip some zinnias and scabious.

  9. Lovely mix of colors.

  10. Ooooo, awesome spider companion to your fabulous arrangement! The colors and forms of the Dahlias and Roses are such perfect companions. 🙂

  11. pbmgarden says:

    Oh my gosh! I love this arrangement Cathy. Beautiful design. Dahlia ‘Art Deco’ is attractive. Mine didn’t do well this year for some reason. Joining you late into Monday but finally had a moment to post. Thanks for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Because mine was in a pot and in view of the house it will have had more attention than the others, and certainly moore water. It hasn’t stopped flowering since it began some time in June. Thanks for making time to post – I look forward to seeing that gorgous spider lily in a vase!

  12. tonytomeo says:

    It took me a moment to see the crabapples. I think I deleted that comment rather than sending it. I believe that ‘Evereste’ is a good fruiting cultivar, although some insist that it is merely ornamental, and that the fruit is of inferior quality for culinary applications. I would not mind. I find that those dinky berry-like fruit of ‘Prairie Fire’ make good jelly.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s certainly a very pretty variety, Tony, but I haven’t made any ‘jelly with it yet. I started out witha much longer twig of them, but kept having to cut it down because it was too heavy to stand upright!

      • tonytomeo says:

        As much as I miss an old flowering crabapple that I grew up with, I am hesitant to install a new one that produces useless fruit. Of course, ‘useless’ is relative. I have not met a crabapple (fruit) yet that is totally useless.

  13. karen says:

    That dahlia is gorgeous! I’m sharing a tribute to the Queen, and my mother-in-law Joan on my blog today, inspired by my IVOM flowers. I’ve some good news too, my daughter is getting married and I’ll be growing some of the flowers and arranging them.something cheerful after all the sad times.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh that’s lovely news, Karen! What month will it be?

      • karen says:

        It’s going to be end of May, year after next. I’m practicing growing the flowers for next May 28, and then I’ll see whether I’m able to do it or not. Hopefully there will be larkspur, love in a mist, honesty seeds, Lily of the valley, cornflowers, ammi and sweet peas. Hopefully lots of cow parsley too. Fingers crossed!

        • Cathy says:

          Oh that’s good to have a whole season to ‘practice’ and work out timings. Interestingly, I have just done an autumn sowing of larkspur and have had around 100% germination, compared to the usual struggle to get any to germinate in the spring

          • karen says:

            Yes, I often struggle to get it going in the spring. Doesn’t seem to like the cold/ wet start to the year. Mine have all germinated too, so fingers crossed they do ok. I’m going to grow the sweetpeas in the poly tunnel too to see if I can get an early crop for May 28. And some stocks, although I’ve had limited success with these before. They seem hard to establish.

          • Cathy says:

            If you get the Winter Sunshine sweet peas from Owls Acre Seed they will be in flower from the end of April (must be grown under cover) and continue till the summer ones take over outside.

          • karen says:

            Thank you Cathy. I was trying to remember which ones you grew. I’ll order some today. Thanks for the info. Karen xx

          • Cathy says:

            I can certainly recommend them. I will sow mine in October 👍

  14. Art Deco is a spectacular dahlia! What a wonderful vase Cathy!

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