In a Vase on Monday: Tom Thumb and the Elegant Lady

Those of you who happened to read my recent Six on Saturday post will have been aware of the ‘spoiler alert’ and guessed I was going to use a fantasy chrysanthemum in today’s vase, a vase which took mere minutes to put together. Joining the elegant Chrysanthemum ‘Salhouse Joy’ in a deep smoky purple slim vase is a sprig of Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’, now in its attractive dark winter overcoat, accompanied by a teeny articulated figure. Sadly, now that Tom Thumb has encountered this very elegant lady he appears very self-conscious, and is just standing around woodenly, unable to further the acquaintance.

Flowers on my two late-flowering greenhouse chrysanthemums are likely to be very sparse this year but will be very welcome, maybe justifying the plants’ existence. Having enjoyed seeing other bloggers’ hardy chrysanthemums recently I have decided to grow some myself next year but in pots, so I can tuck them out of the way until there is something worth looking at!

Blooms may be in short supply in November, but if you would like to join IAVOM with your own vase of lean pickings from your garden or foraged nearby, then please do so, adding the usual links to and from this post.

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28 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Tom Thumb and the Elegant Lady

  1. That dahlia is rather special…

  2. Horticat says:

    That chrysanthemum is indeed elegant, Cathy, especially with her Tom Thumb backdrop. I was intrigued to read your comments regarding greenhouse vs cold hardy chrysanthemums. Are you growing them in your greenhouse purely to extend the flowering season, or would they simply not survive outside over winter in your climate?

    I have two bunches this week, however one breaks the IAVOM rules a little – I hope you’ll forgive me! 😉

    • Cathy says:

      The fantasy ones don’t usually start flowering till late Oct or Nov and normally wouldn’t survive outside. so are classed as greenhouse chrysanths. I put them outside in spring to give me more space in the Coop – and I find all chrysanths ugly plants!!

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  4. I love your vase! The chysanthemum reminds me of being in Japan, where they have a ‘mum’ festival and where it was the first time I had seen that type of chrysanthemum.
    I am still in party mode with my post:

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  6. Cathy says:

    The Chrysanthemum is gorgeous! I have always shied away from the frilly ones, but for a vase they are perfect. The foliage is a nice backdrop too. It’s a bit dismal here today, but I still managed to find something. 😃

    In a Vase on Monday: Looking for Light

    Have a good week Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      It could probably be described as ‘dismal’ here too, Cathy, but I am not debase the day by calling it dismal!! The foliage of these chrysanths may be unattractive, but the blooms are real stars and make for an easy vase – this variety has a close cluster of heads and I suppose I should probbaly disbud them, but I didn’t think about this year

  7. Lovely shades of amethyst this Monday, with Tom Thumb standing woodenly. That is great. I used to try and draw those things and could never get the hang of it. Thank you for hosting, here is my vase.

    • Cathy says:

      Well my drawing skills are non-existent! I could see straight away that the pittosporum was the perfect foil for the chrysanthemum

  8. Noelle says:

    Tom Thumb is popping up around the place this week I see. That is a very pretty Chrysanthemum and I wonder whether the tip I heard from Joe Sharman, pinching to encourage stems but only before the days start to get longer, ie up to the start of June. Here is my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      That’s an interesting comment about the pincjing out, Noelle, and I am sure I should do something to encourage them to bush out rather than get leggy, although most years I do end up cutting them right back beacuse of aphid infestation

  9. Kris P says:

    That chrysanthemum is gorgeous and has me wishing I had a greenhouse to grow things like that. The inclusion of Tom Thumb and his his tale made me smile. Even in relatively warm Southern California, flowers are somewhat sparse at this time of year but of course I found some:

    Thanks, as always, for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      I wonder if this type of chrysanthemum would grow outside for you Kris?

      • Kris P says:

        You can’t even find the fancy-flowered chrysanthemum plants here and the mail order catalogs put them well outside my growing zone but perhaps I’ll order one in the coming spring and give it a try. I expect that keeping it alive and well through our summer would be the main challenge.

  10. Anna says:

    I imagine that you are most pleased that you persisted with ‘Salthouse Joy’ Cathy despite her shy nature. She has a most intricate and fascinating flower as well as being a most appealing colour. I had a couple of perennial varieties at the allotment but forgot to bring them with me. I may have a crysanth or two to share next week if they open fully by then. My vase this week is here :

    • Cathy says:

      It’s just all those months when there is nothing but scruffy foliage that I don’t like, Anna – after having seen so many pretty chrysanths on other blogs recently I am going to succumb to some hardy ones but keep them in pots and shove them out of the way in the fruit cage until they are ready to flower, so I shall the g/h ones in there as well!

  11. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, I remember that pittosporum! . . . but now I can not find it. Did you feature it out in the garden within the past two years or so?

  12. Beautiful display: The foliage and the bloom are great companions!

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