In a Vase on Monday: saving daylight

It’s flipping cold outside today with the wind blowing from the east – the waves on the sea are heading in the opposite direction to the way they usually go. As I sit here looking out over the Channel, the sea is pewter grey and a dull greenish brown where the sun pierces through the dark clouds. The boiling waves are topped by white horses and I can see a yacht in the distance valiantly riding the wind.

What a difference a week makes – last Monday I was wearing a light jacket over a t-shirt when I walked the dog ; this week I was wrapped up in several layers wearing my winter coat and sheepskin mittens! Brrr. Not only is it colder, the clocks went back at the weekend so it’s now dark by 5pm and soon it will be getting dark even earlier. Boooo. We had a large log delivery last weekend and spent a day splitting and stacking wood so we were prepared for the cold weather and have already had the two wood-burners going. I’m just not mentally prepared for winter, though. It’s crept up on me this year. I don’t like going out in the dark – I need all the daylight, preferably with sunshine.

Anyway, on to this week’s vase. It’s always a great pleasure to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly get-together of flower-arranging bloggers (or, in my case, flower-plonking). I have a feeling my jug of flowers might be rather similar to one I put together a few weeks ago, but never mind – it’s the taking part that counts.

I’ve gone for an autumn colour berry-and-seed combo: a few  guelder rose stems with red-tinted leaves and bright red berries, a couple of stems of snowberry, a tendril of jasmine with green and black berries, beautiful seedheads of Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ and a Miscanthus (can’t remember the exact species), some Euphorbia oblongata, a few hardy geranium leaves that are turning red at the edges and sunny orange marigolds and blue hardy geranium flowers to add a bit of contrast.

I hope you’re keeping well and warm and enjoying as much of the light as possible. Wishing you a good week.


11 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: saving daylight

  1. Yes indeed, it is freezing today. We went out on our bikes this afternoon and I’m still trying to thaw out. That’s a lovely cheery vase with seasonal colours.


  2. Blooming cold here first thing too but it warmed up sufficiently for me to get some bricklaying done later! I like the mix of autumnal grasses and berries with the last summer fling of the calendula and geranium, and the jug is very much the colour of grey autumnal skies! Thanks for sharing, Sam


  3. Lovely to see your flowers: I think I overdosed on flowers in the house last month, so am going cold turkey at the moment – maybe I’ll rethink that in a week or two. And, yes, very chilly! I do like the autumn and the change in the weather but, ooh, this has come as a bit of a shock! Hope you’re all well X


  4. Your vase is a nice celebration of autumn, Sam. I can only wish my own garden sported such colorful fall foliage but it’s not remotely cold enough here to turn our leaves. I’m sorry your weather has moved beyond brisk and invigorating in the direction of frigid, though.


  5. What a change in just one week…the light shows up the elements in your vase beautifully…Oh to walk besides the shore in any weather and with a dog. Lucky you!


  6. How nice that you can get autumn foliar color that stays attached to the stems. We do not get much color here, and what we get tends to fall from the stems pretty quickly.


  7. I love your vase this week. A really beautiful Autumn mix with all my favourite things. My contribution this week is very tiny, with a rather more flamboyant offering to follow tomorrow, for Halloween. We had a hard frost yesterday morning, which knocked all the nasturtiums on the head. So sad to see them limp and gone, especially the promising buds, but I suppose it had to happen. I just didn’t think it would be so soon. Amanda


  8. Really lovely, especially the splash of purple livening up the orange tones. Cold here too and I got my woolly hat out this week as the wind was icy!


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