The sedum included in this vase may not actually be S spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’, but I suspect it is as I have had it for many years, probably bringing it from previous gardens; in those days there were no such things as garden centres and the only plants readily available were some very basic shrubs like forsythia, ribes, berberis and the like, and a few tough herbaceous perennials like this sedum, always ‘Autumn Joy’. It’s certainly too long in the tooth to have its name change to hylotelephium!
Anyway, as part of my revamp of one of the main borders I chopped my plant into 2 or 3 pieces before replanting a single section, to rejuvenate and reshape it. I could have potted up the remaining sections to sell at our next open garden, but it’s a plant that most gardeners seem to have already, and it’s easy enough for me to grow new plants from cuttings. Before binning (rather than composting) the other sections, I cut the flowering stems off and popped them in a temporary vase, before deciding to use them as a basis for today’s IAVOM. Joining them in the matte chrome yellow jug are some of the stinking iris I foetidissima stems I showed yesterday, and the autumnal shades of Amelanchier lamarkii. A sprig of crab apple Malus ‘Evereste’ serves as a prop.
Wherever you are and whatever season your garden is displaying, if you would like to join us on IAVOM, just pick material from your garden or forage it locally, pop it in a vase or jam jar, and share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.