In a Vase on Monday: Diva

It’s Monday again, and time to go out in the garden to see what I can find for a vase for Cathy’s “In a Vase on Monday” meme.

The curtain rises

The curtain rises

Foliage has been catching my eye this week, especially with the heavy dew every morning. And not just the autumn colours, but also the shapes. I cut some fresh garlic mustard leaves (Alliaria petiolata) first of all, and a slightly mottleded Brunnera leaf. Then I picked a couple of Bergenia leaves that have already turned red, and some pale green aquilegia foliage too.

Autumnal background scenery

Autumnal background scenery

One piece of Sedum, which has turned a lovely deep red already, three Persicaria (Polygonum!) flowers and a few grasses were all I needed to complete The Look!

Flirting with the camera

Flirting with the camera

I love the dramatic look of this tall vase with the high collar and feathery adornment which really reminded me of a diva standing on stage!

On stage

On stage

This vase has made me aware of how leaf shape can play a role in an arrangement, as well as colour, texture etc.

Blushing in the applause

Blushing in the applause

I am also learning that the choice of vessel can add tremendously to an overall effect too

A perfect performance

A perfect performance

The Persicaria is still flowering beautifully – since early July it has been making an impact with its flowers, but the dramatic foliage is visible much earlier. The colour is very intense too, even in poor light.

Taking a bow

Taking a bow

Do go and visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, where you will find her own creation for today, as well as lots more vases linked in from around the world.