Monday, 3 October 2016

In a Vase on Monday - Birthday Posy

With the few remaining flowers in the garden, I managed to make up this small arrangement.  It is dedicated to my sister, whose birthday it is today.  Just three types of material...three sisters, arranged in my mother's favourite little vase brought back from Japan by my father.  The darker bronze foliage tipped by small white flowers is the Persicaria Red Dragon, a present from Cathy, the little roses are Ghislaine de Feligonde, and white Michaelmas Daisy.  

The Persicaria has now yielded at least five new plants, and all going to members of my gardening club, to raise funds for getting some great speakers for the new year!

The Michaelmas Daisy is magnificent.  I bought it as a small flowering plant, in a pot, the sort you get at the greengrocers for about £1, but it must have been sprayed with dwarfing compound as it was flowering then at about 20cm high.  This year still at the front of the border where I thought it belonged, it has grown to about a meter and is covered with lovely blooms, must appreciated by the bees and other flying insects at this late time of the year.  The stems are strong and there is no sign of flop at all, most probably the best white daisy I have seen!  It very nearly got grazed completely to the ground by the hoards of slugs and snails we had earlier in the year.

The little dish I bought at the airport in Spain returning from my visit to the birthday girl many years ago.


This afternoon we had a walk to the birthday girl's favourite woods, which earlier in the year are bathed with dapple light and bluebells.  Now there is the the 'straw' from the leaves and stems, but on a long fallen silver birch tree were were beautiful fungi...as since this is one of the reasons we walked out there, to see if there were any fungi..I was pleased to see this one.

Cathy is also thinking of Autumn, but her arrangement full of colour is an echo is the glorious weather we are having at the moment.  Do go and and have a peep!

12 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful composition, Noelle. The peach-colored rose is wonderful. I'd love to have a white-flowered aster in my own garden but asters in general don't do well here - I suspect we can't satisfy their thirst.

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  2. What a pretty rose Noelle, and you have shown it off perfectly with the Dragon and the white Mich daisy. I am so glad you are able to spread the Dragon around too - he is such an obliging fellow ;)

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    1. Thanks Cathy, a good plant is worth sharing, the new ones are strong and healthy.

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  3. Such a beautiful arrangement. The 'Ghislaine de Feligonde' rose is exquisite. A fine birthday presentation!

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  4. Oh that's a most appealing vase Noelle. I especially like the white Michaelmas daisy which seems to have a luminous quality about it. I hope that your sister has enjoyed her special day.

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  5. Just lovely and you are so lucky to have such beautiful roses so late in the season.

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    1. We have had some very good weather, warm and with rain. About six weeks ago I gave the roses a prune and feed, and they are now performing nicely.

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  6. That's a very stylish arrangement, the peachy rose looks like its spring rather than autumn, gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Christina, Ghislaine changes character through the season, and always graceful and pretty.

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  7. This is the kind of vase I should love to achieve Noelle! With just three materials you have created a beautiful arrangement and the focus is on the lovely rose.

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  8. Thanks, sometimes less is more! That does not mean that I would not have liked to have had more material to choose from.

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