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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, October 3, 2016

In A Vase On Monday

Autumn?  What autumn?   One of the 'Fragrant Cloud' roses (and others) are putting out a new flush of blooms, the Buddleia keeps delighting the hummingbirds, and begonias seem not to mind the cold nights.  However, the appearance of asters is a definite clue that autumn has arrived.


The black ceramic vase is a thrift store find and the sand cast glass head, raging against the dying of the light, was made by a local artist. A nice sunny afternoon meant that I got to throw this arrangement together outside but it will sit on the kitchen counter where I can enjoy the strong fragrances .  Here it's posing on a branch of the Corylus avellana 'Contorta'  that I planted nearly twenty years ago.


The straight "trunk" you can see in the middle background is a pseudostem of Muss basjoo.

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Do visit her blog to see her arrangement and find links to those of other participants.

18 comments:

  1. Even with the Asters, your vase looks like high summer. What a gorgeous rose.

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    1. Fragrant Cloud is one of my favorite roses mostly because of the fabulous fragrance that wafts on warm days and it survives even though I don't spray and use overhead sprinklers. Suffers from little disease.

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  2. I love the way the foliage seems to burst forth from the 'Fragrant Cloud' rose, radiating its scent to the world!

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  3. That must smell great! Nice to see your new twist: "in a vase in a tree on Monday" :)

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  4. Hot summer colors, cool weather. Can't get better then that!
    Speaking of Aster, I have a few in purple and lavender: it never seem to be enough. They simply light up the fall garden like nothing else.

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    1. I wish they could handle competition better. Mine usually don't last long crammed between so many other plants. They are wonderful autumn paintbrushes for sure!

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  5. That is a very sturdy trunked twisted hazel, Peter, or perhaps your pretty ceramic vase is smaller than it looks! Your Fragrant Cloud is a delightful colour - haven't seen one of these for years - and your buddleia is a solid mass of colour too. Lovely - enjoy the fragrance Peter :)

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    1. It's a pretty sturdy-trunked twisted hazel!

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  6. I think you have spring, summer and fall covered with that arrangement, Peter. Pretty as it is, it was the tree that drew my attention - it's wonderful!

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    1. I love that tree! It's especially fabulous in January or February when catkins dangle from the naked twisted branches.

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  7. A lovely summery arrangement and why not. Summer blooms are lingering here too with endless sunny days. The early October garden is a joy. I love your rose, my parents used to grow it, so it is lovely to see it again.

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    1. We've got some cloudy/misty/drizzly days in the forecast. Seems that the earth will continue it's orbit and bring cooler temperatures whether we want them or not:)

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  8. Fragrant Cloud, such a beautiful rose and the fragrance - well it really sweeps you off your feet. Have a great new week Peter!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! So glad that you're back posting on your blog!

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  9. Gorgeous flowers and beautifully posed!

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  10. Autumn roses seem to bring almost more pleasure than in spring, what a striking colour.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.