In a Vase on Monday: October offering

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Oh, it is a glorious day out there today – blue sky, barely any wind, sparkling sea and there’s that soft, autumnal light. And it is warm, almost hot, in the most sheltered spots in the early afternoon sunhine. I thought I wouldn’t find much material for a vase today but the sunshine beckoned, so I nipped outside earlier with my coffee and scissors just in case. Cathy, who hosts this weekly gathering of vases, encourages us to get outside and see what we can find to bring indoors. As she says, there’s always something…

I try not to use the same flowers for weeks on end but the Japanese anemones are still on the rampage and I’m happy to snip off more flowers. I also cut three little stems from a large clump of a sedum that appeared out of new topsoil that we bought last year and a couple of stems of a lovely pink aster (can’t remember it’s name…). This didn’t flower last autumn but it’s grown well this year and is now flowering away. For greenery, there are some tendrils of Clematis tangutica and a few seedheads of one of my favourite grasses, Stipa tenuissima.

Finally, there are two stalks cut from an old fuchsia that is in full bloom at the bottom of the garden. Now, I do not like fuchsias. They’re down there with rhododendrons, azaleas, kniphofias, and ornamental lilies on my list of least favourite plants. But when you look at the flowers close-up, I’ll admit there is a certain charm to them. They have pretty little ballerina-like shapes and the colour of this one does add a richness to the vase. Bees don’t care what plants look like and there are plenty buzzing around the bush, making the most of the late nectar, so that’s a big tick in its favour. It can stay a while longer.

Do visit Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden blog to have a look at what’s made the cut for her vase this week and find links to other vases around the world.

Have a lovely week.