Rescued from the Rain

Gosh it’s wet and windy* here in the Midlands today!


(* and dark, hence not the best conditions for quality photography with an iPhone)

Nevertheless, I ventured out for five minutes to rescue some greenery to take part in my first In a Vase on Monday challenge.


So what do we have here? A few hydrangea deadheads, some laurel, a few sprigs of Cotinus coggygria (Smoke bush), some Fatsia japonica, some ivy and bracken. Plus a few foraged pinecones not actually from the garden.


Autumn in a vase or what?

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy, author of Rambling in the Garden.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathy says:

    Yes, it is a real November day here and looks set to be our wettest day of the year after such a dry summer – hey ho, at least it helps the garden grow! You have a lovely crammed-full vase of foliage and seedheads for your first IAVOM. I was thinking you had a scabious stellata there but then I realised that must be the fatsia – mine isn’t quite flowering yet. The meme started in a November so if you make it through the winter with a weekly vase there will be no stopping you once we get to spring – see you again soon!


    1. Yes indeed, that’s the fatsia in flower. It’s actually really nice to start a challenge like this at a time of year when I don’t really appreciate just how much colour and signs of life there still are in the garden. IAVOM will encourage me to keep seeking them out and bringing them indoors to enjoy, which will be lovely throughout winter.


      1. Cathy says:

        Every Monday becomes a joy with IAVOM, I can assure you!

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  2. What a great first go at creating a Monday vase, and you’re right…it screams autumn (in a good way).


    1. Thank you Loree. I really enjoyed putting together something that celebrates this colourful season


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Welcome to IAVOM! Your arrangement is lovely and reminds me of the lush, Victorian-style. The pinecones are a nice addition.


    1. Thank you Eliza, what a lovely compliment! I suspect the pinecones will make a few appearances in the coming weeks to add some interest as the garden pickings become slimmer.

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  4. Kris P says:

    It’s a beautiful composition! The green adds just the right degree of lightness to it and the map behind the arrangement is a perfect backdrop.


    1. Thank you Kris for your very kind appraisal of my first attempt!


  5. Cathy says:

    Perfectly autumnal! Even the lighting adds to the atmosphere. 🙂


    1. Thanks Cathy. ‘Atmospheric’ does sound a lot better than ‘slightly blurry’!

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