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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, November 5, 2018

In a Vase on Monday - Clashing Colors of Autumn

Driving around town at this time of year is a visual delight as the foliage of deciduous trees is glowing with vibrant color.  In my garden there are lots of colorful berries and seeds at the moment so I decided to throw some of them together in a vase.  They include Euonymus europaeus 'Red Ace,' Iris foetidissima, and Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion' (Beautyberry.)

Magenta, orange, and purple.  Well, it's a bit bright...

We'll tone it down a bit with foliage from Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' and Polygonatum odoratum.  There are a couple of spent blooms of pokeweed in there too.


This guy hitched a ride inside on one of the plants.  

Joining the vase are a couple of glass crows enjoying an autumn snack.



In a Vase on Monday is hosted by the fabulous Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Click here to see her vase and to find links to those of other participating bloggers.  Thanks, Cathy for continuing to host and encourage us to bring something inside to brighten our week.

29 comments:

  1. You need to plant something that has white berries. With those next year's version of this vase will be a 10! (Shocking that your Bloodgood leaves look that good at this time of year. Here they only look like that through June!)

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    1. Oh yes, white berries would be just the thing! In our climate, Bloodgood stays a beautiful burgundy all summer long and then turns fire-engine red in the fall.

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  2. This vase to be perfectly harmonious: no clashing colors to my eyes. It seems like the berry-shape continues on the vase as well. A pop of color that could rival any hot summer bouquet.

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    1. I never thought of the berry shapes on the vase until you mentioned it. It was just the right size for what I cut so it got used.

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  3. Wow! I love it! And I love your vase and props too, because I have one of those crows, a gift from a friend, and that vase takes me way back. It is like one of the only vases my mother had in our house while I was growing up. She loved flowers but seldom had time to do more than pick a few zinnias and stick them in a vase. That was the one, and now I have it. These vases were very common and I still see them in antique stores. They are a marker vase for me. The way they are priced tells me if the store over prices their "treasures".

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    1. How cool that your mother had that vase as well. I think that mine came from a thrift store many years ago.

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  4. from Linda at Each Little World: That is a great combo. Alas my Euonymus europaeus never got that kind of great color. Did you actually cut branches off of your Japanese maple? I can never bring myself to do it but they look great.

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    1. My Bloodgood is about 15 feet tall now and nearly as wide and needs to be trimmed a bit sometimes to keep the branches from hitting one in the face. I remember the sad removal of your Euonymus trees.

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  5. Very colorful, just like it's creator.

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  6. Holy Cow, that is bright! I love it. You know I'm not a big fan of Japanese maples, but Bloodgood is tempting.

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    1. It's a really nice tree & would make a nice addition to your garden.

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  7. If nature puts these colours together then so can we. So very bright and cheerful, just like the hedgerows.

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  8. Oh I love your crow and what a great prop he is! Your very much in-your-face creation today is as individual as always - thanks for sharing it, Peter

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    1. It's always a pleasure to participate in IaVoM! Thanks again for hosting!

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  9. I love this color combination! The 'Bloodgood' leaves pull it all together beautifully. The crow's a nice touch too.

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  10. I absolutely love the bright colors in your vase, it looks "very royal" with the reds and purples.

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  11. Absolutely stunning Peter, what a fabulous combination of colours. My callicarpa has one berry on it this year, what is the secret?

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    1. That's strange that your callicarpa has only one berry. Mine is in poor soil in a parking strip and only gets a little water in the summer.

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  12. I love this, Peter, bright and beautiful! The acer is a nice touch.

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  13. Berrylicious. I like the crows too.

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  14. The Acer foliage does work well with these wonderfully rich-colored stars. Have a good week.

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  15. Nice, very nice. I'm a big fan of bright colors, so I like it very much! The Maple leaves really pull it together. The real birds would go crazy for this one with all the berries!

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  16. Stunningly beautiful!!! I love those colors together. I see that the colors in this bouquet go well with your header picture also.

    Happy November ~ FlowerLady

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  17. Wow, now that is COLOUR! Fabulous combination. I have always loved orange, red and purple together. The crows are fun too!

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