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.

49 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Diva

  1. A lovely autumnal arrangement Cathy. And I like the pink flower on the other side of the window, trying its best to muscle in on the second photo – you can almost see it waving to try to get some attention!

    • Garlic mustard doesn’t seem to be a major problem here… there are weeds much worse! I let a little grow here and there around the edges of the garden where it won’t be disturbed, as it is a foodplant for caterpillars. The leaf shape is lovely too.

    • Thanks Donna! This has given me ideas for future vases too, especially for later, when foliage and grasses will probably dominate. I hope we can all keep this up for as long as possible into the depths of winter!

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  3. Ooh yes – that’s just the sort of grass I need, Cathy! Doesn’t it look good with the persicaria too? And aquilegia foliage too – what a good idea. I just love the ideas we all bounce off each other – such an inspiring way to start the week, isn’t it? Thank you for your continued enthusiasm every week

  4. I love your diva, Cathy. The reds are so gorgeous. I wrote down “persicaria” to check out and see if it’s available to me. I love it! And the grasses are such a compliment to the other colors. You have a really garden artist’s eye to see how all these very different shapes and textures in the plants and flowers could all come together in such a beautiflly cohesive arrangement. I really admire it. πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful week.

  5. A diva indeed! She performs well on every stage. I’m impressed at how good a few flowers look with the right staging and back-up players. I wish I could grow Bergenia – for whatever reason, I’ve failed to find a way to make it thrive here.

  6. What a glowing arrangement Cathy. The bergenia looks as if it is back lit and seeing it has reminded me to check whether the leaves on my plant have started to turn colour. The view from your window looks decidedly autumnal.

    • And here it’s a foodplant for caterpillars and a tasty snack when out walking too! If you have any growing near you and it’s a problem, cut it and cook it like spinach! πŸ˜‰

  7. Haha I like your story this week. The arrangement looks great and I love the high collar.
    Funny how I’m starting to almost guess who made what based on the styles when I see the Monday vases. Yours always seem to have a lightness even with the larger leaves, and the aquilegia looks pristine, I forget how nice it can be without leaf miners!

    • Thanks Frank. The aquilegia leaves are everywhere right now thanks to the mild and damp weather we’ve had over the last few weeks. They seem to have spread nicely…. maybe TOO nicely! I’m wondering how green the garden will look if we get another mild winter.

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