Monday seems to have come around again very quickly – but then of course daylight saving has ended here and the days are getting shorter as we edge towards winter.
A busy morning meant I didn’t think about gathering things from my garden to join Cathy for In A Vase On Monday until this afternoon. I decided to use my ikebana vase, a gift from my sister, and 3 stems of dried seeds I picked on a walk earlier.
From my garden I chose a small branch of magnolia, some pieces of camellia with buds and some white flowers.
I’ve also reused one of the agapanthus seed heads from my Pink Sticks & Pinking Shears vase as I liked how it had started to dry to a yellowy colour that picks up the centre of the single iris and also reveals a hint of the black seeds.
My little brass buddha seemed the perfect prop to place on the flat base of the vase – turning my arrangement into a miniature garden when viewed at eye level.
You can see how I’ve used the ikebana vase previously in my post A String Of Pearls , also coincidentally an autumn arrangement!
It was the pink tinged white berries that caught my eye. I immediately thought of them as perfect for strands of ‘pearls’ for my garden fairy and picked a few sprigs to bring home to play with.
Walking back down my path to the front door I passed the hydrangeas, they too are tinged pink and the russet tones they start to turn as they dry out with the onset of Autumn.
I decided to combine them in a floral arrangement using my ikebana vase and included some cuttings from one of my plum trees.
Inspired by a post on the blog pbm Garden for ‘In A Vase On Monday’ I twisted the plum stems into a knot, soaking them in hot water to soften them up beforehand.
And then I got a needle and thread to string some garden pearls.
‘In a Vase on Monday’ was started by Cathy. She invites you to join her challenge to find something from the garden to put in a vase each week – what ever the season. So why not get inspired and share your vase arrangement in the comment section of her blog Rambling In The Garden.