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In a vase on Monday – floral fiesta


On Saturday I had the delight of my London Book Club friends coming to the island for lunch and I decided to arrange flowers inspired by the, er, napkins!IMG_1368

As we were eating outside I had to contend with an umbrella in the centre of the table, so I chose to arrange five similarly themed vases to form a circle.  Whilst the colours didn’t exactly ‘go’ I liked the gaiety on what was (unlike Sunday) a rather grey day.

Apart from the sweet peas Lathyrus odoratus ‘Annie B Gilroy’ and Lathyrus odoratus ‘Heathcliff’, there were Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’IMG_1370

Achillea ‘Terracotta’IMG_1371

Scabiosa atroprupurea ‘Fata Morgana’IMG_1372

and a second dahlia, currently vying with HSD for 2016 favourite – D. Mystery Fox.IMG_1374

And despite the book (my choice!) not being so well liked, I think we all had a time as jolly as the flowers.  I know I did.IMG_1366

With thanks to my book club ladies for making the trip and to Cathy for hosting this lovely meme.

In a vase on Monday – last hurrah?


It’s funny how, as the number of garden blooms reduces, you suddenly notice things you hadn’t during the relative abundance earlier in the year.

Today’s vase was prompted by the realisation that the inherited rose by the front gate (any clues as to a name?) was a good match for the Scabiosa atropurpurea Fata Morgana still hanging on in the Bronze Bed.  The rose is having a fabulous second flush, but I can’t believe it can last for much longer, hence the title.

The rose starts with a beautiful peachy bud which gets paler and more creamy/yellow as it opens.IMG_9511

The Scabious has been a little disappointing as I thought it would be even more more peachy, but it’s been flowering for months and even looks good as a fresh green bud,IMG_9510

All in all a rather soft, summery vase – doubtless my subconscious remaining in denial of the current season!

Why don’t you head over to Cathy’s site and see whether others are doing a better job of embracing the autumnal season, or clinging on to summer like me?