Monday, 28 September 2015

In a Vase on Monday - Catching this lovely sunshine

And yes, with the dew on the flowers, I went into the garden still in dressing gown.  I am giving myself a slow start this morning, as I spent some time gazing out of the back bedroom window at the sight of the lunar eclipse...It was wonderful.



Again in the little green vase with holes, few flowers, but with some pretty foliage.  You can tell that yesterday I spent some time looking at the wonderful artistic arrangements at the Malvern Autumn Show!  However, no oasis, no pins, just the material from the garden.


Feverfew, Nasturtiums, Helenium Sahins Early flowerer, stem heads of white flowering agapanthus with any odd seed heads removed, the black leaves are Ophiopogon planicapus niger, the long green and yellow leaves from a low carex morrowii variegata , stems from Geranium Blue Sunrise, and another one name unknown, shoots from Phuopsis stylosa because of their lovely green and structure.

My little brass snail picked up somewhere...probably a car boot sale.

Cathy is showing how you can use flowers which you never would have thought of putting in a vase.  We are sharing what is in our gardens and coming up with delightful arrangements, well worth looking at.

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  1. A very sophisticated look Noelle, I love how you have put this arrangement together, it looks like it used pins, how did you get everything to stay in place?

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    1. Not only is there a top hole, there are several holes in the ceramic. I weave stems in the water around each other, and they find their own positions, but with just a little tweeking, voila, they rest where they will.

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  2. You have caught the sunshine in such a lovely way, Noelle!

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  3. Absolutely stunning especially with the added foliage, and it all is glowing in that golden light!

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  4. The different 'grasses' really add to this vase, don't they Noelle? Such an interesting combination today and most pretty. We both woke up at the eclipse time but sadly you couldn't see it from our house :( Must have been amazing...

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    1. Yes, it was...worth walking out to see it next time Cathy.
      I wanted to use as few flowers as possible this time..but with the 'supporting cast'.

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  5. I love the peachy Nasturtiums with glowing red centers, Noelle. I enjoy making small arrangements too, they make it so easy to fill up the vase exuberantly. The variegated Carex leaves arranged sideways are a fun accent, I hadn't thought of using them, and the dark leaves and spiky structures add so much too.

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    1. I pick up so many tips and am inspired by other arrangements by looking at what others have come up with. I have even been drawn to looking in florists' windows now! But I do like to restrict myself to the natural, what is in the garden or hedgerows. Small is beautiful, I agree with you Hannah.

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  6. Very pretty and quite artistic! I love the Helenium, the Carex and the snail.

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  7. The Nasturtiums are lovely in this arrangement and the use of the variegated grass adds a nice twist to the design.

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  8. Very lovely Noelle - looks quite professional with those black leaves for contrast to the Helenium centres. :)

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    1. Thanks, I like a contrast of colours, black works where there are other colours for it to act as a foil for example I saw a Rudbekia at the Malvern Show called Triloba Prairie Gold that had nearly black stems, I shall hopefully find that in time for next year...

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  9. I agree that oasis, pins etc are not necessary to make a stunning vase of which yours is testament. It really is a vase full of sunshine!

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