In a vase on Monday – Autumnal orange


Today’s vase (which is actually very similar in colouring to the last iaVoM I posted) was prompted by an overdue visit to my lovely neighbours’, who allow me a little patch in their walled garden to grow flowers for cutting.

I have to confess I haven’t been for weeks due to a combination of weather, being off the island, and a chest infection, so I wasn’t entirely surprised to see that nearly all the annuals I’d planted out in May had given up.  However one, Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’, was looking better than ever, so that’s where I started.IMG_5311

On their driveway they also has fabulous orange rose hipsIMG_5310

as well as Clematis tangutica seedheads, so I added a few of each.IMG_5309

To all of these I added some of my trusty Tithonias.  Sadly, this could be my last cutting of Tithonia, not because they’ve finished flowering, but because they’re grown in the garden behind us, and the empty house the garden belongs to, has now been let.  I don’t suppose they will flower for much longer, but I will miss them.IMG_5308

To finish an ‘aerial’ shot, which entailed a certain amount of climbing, showing

  1. my favourite vase from above
  2. one lone Calendula, which didn’t appear in any of the close ups and
  3. I should spend less time fiddling about in the garden and more time polishing my granite work surfaces!


With many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this lovely meme,


25 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Autumnal orange

  1. Julie

    This is really lovely, what a great combination of colours and plants. Housework is for some time time the future, carry on with your gardening!

    1. jenhumm116 Post author

      Indeed, about the walled garden. I was a little disappointed when I saw the size of my ‘allowed’ area, but it’s been absolutely fabulous, really productive.

  2. Cathy

    Ha ha – I am with you on the housework (well, not with you if you see what I mean…)! What useful opportunities you have had for growing things and a shame that you might be losing one of your options. The rudbeckia is such a good contender for vases, whatever stage it is at, isn’t it? And I agree on grabbing your tithonia while you can – I looked at mine today and I think the couple of chilly nights we had recently might have been their undoing 😦 Hey ho, there will be next year! Coincidentally I also looked at clematis seedheads and was already thinking about next week, especially as I didn’t actually make a vase for today’s post. The berries are the perfect colour, aren’t they? Thanks so much for joining in and hope you feel better soon.

      1. Cathy

        It took some months for me to discover this aspect of blogging when I first started – and then began to read and comment on other garden blogs. It’s lovely, isn’t it? And did you say you wanted some sunflower seeds – email me your address if you do

  3. Chloris

    I just love your orange colour scheme and the lovely way of displaying the flowers. My Tithonia has finished, how lovely to be able to pick it in November. It looks so pretty with the Rudbeckia and the rose hips. Very pretty.

  4. CathyT

    That rudbeckia’s really pretty, isn’t it? And I do like your containers so much – very original, I had to look hard before my head took it all in. The clematis looks lovely too, and interesting in the overhead shot (never mind the housework!)

  5. Julie

    I love the way you have displayed this weeks flowers & the granite is a perfect background (polished or not!). I really wish I had grown Tithonia – definitely on the list for next year.

  6. Elizabeth

    I laughed out loud when I saw your fabulous bottle vases – with pleasure! And your last of the flowers for cutting look so bright and cheery too. Housework! Here’s a variation on a quote I saw recently: gardening forever … housework whenever 🙂

  7. Kimberley at Cosmos and Cleome

    What a great vase, especially viewed from above, when it looks like a wreath! All of the orange is really pretty, too. I had granite counter tops in a previous home, and I loved them and miss them. Once you do polish it, I recommend lighting a couple of candles on it and enjoying the beautiful reflection!


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