In a Vase on Monday: Moonlight


Last night, as I walked down the garden with a plate full of goodies for the hedgehogs, I was struck by the beauty of the night… an owl was hooting in the distance, deer were calling across the valley, there was rustling in the leaves and bushes around me, the mist and dew made everything sparkly and slightly ghostly, yet when I looked up the sky was clear and the (almost) full moon was bright. That was the inspiration for this vase, as I noticed the asters glowing with the light from the house, my torch, and the moon.



So this morning I picked some of the lilac asters that I haven’t been able to name, as well as some of my Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’. Then some silvery foliage: lavender, perovskia, buddleia.


Creamy, dreamy

The last two Japanese anemones added to the dreamy theme, and the white zinnias (they are still hanging on!) are to portray the creamy moon…


On a whim, the Heuchera flower went in last, as I passed it on the patio.


 The resulting vase makes me feel very calm, and reminds me that nature is my inspiration.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who hosts the “In a Vase on Monday” meme – take a look at some of the vases linked on her post again!

Wishing you all an inspired week!

47 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Moonlight

  1. And your garden is an incredible inspiration too as your flowers are amazing…I love the asters with the zinnia and anemone. Stunning with the silvery foliage and I can see the moonlight vase…perfection Cathy!

  2. Perfectly reflects your title, and I liked imagining you walking around the garden in the dark with food for the sweet hedgehogs. The buddlea foliage is very silvery worth growing for that alone.

    • Thanks Julie. The pale creamy white flower is the zinnia, which was in a mixed packet of seeds – it looks more yellow in the photo than it actually is!

  3. I have a poem half-written about rambling in the moonlight, so your post really resonated with me, Cathy. In contrast the brighter brasher gardens of many early autumn gardens it is refreshing to have these paler, calmer colours – so well chosen. The buddleia leaves are an inspired addition too, with that silvery grey colour. Thanks for sharing

  4. You have a way of putting together the perfect mix of little treasures from here and there throughout the garden. I love the mellow colors and that pale yellow of the zinnia is one of my favorites. I would have never thought to mix it with gray, it looks great!

    • Thanks! I found that having a theme in mind made it easier to choose flowers that go together. I still often think I have nothing worthy of picking, but when I go out and really look there is so much! The zinnias have been lovely. I think I might grow them again after all.

    • The Aster pyrenaeus is the paler mauve aster with very thin petals. I think you were looking at the Zinnia – actually creamy white, but it does look quite yellow in the photos. Sadly I can’t grow Coreopsis – the slugs and snails love it!

  5. Love the way Cathy has got you so addicted you are even getting inspiration in the moonlit flits to feed the hedgehog! Beautiful arrangement, it does indeed have a very calm feel to it. And thank you, I now have something I can do with the leaves of the many (many!) buddleia seedlings I am constantly ripping out…

    • I really am addicted Janet! Yes, the buddleia has turned out to be a very good idea in a vase – lovely silvery tones and it seems happy once recovering from being cut.

  6. You make your garden sound so romantic, Cathy, and inspirational. Your ‘Moonlight’ arrangement is beautiful and I like the use of buddleia leaves for a touch of silver, the perfect foil for the asters.

  7. The flowers in your garden continue to look so fresh and that somehow surprises me. I guess I expect them to all be getting ready for a winter’s sleep! Beautiful, Cathy! And those precious little hedgehogs couldn’t be more adorable. I think I would love to have those little visitors. The raccoons raided our pond again last night, absolutely thrasthing the lilies. It always upsets me, however, I know that we attract them. I guess that’s our problem then, isn’t it? 🙂 Your description of the garden in the moonlight is simply ethereal. I could almost place myself right there!

    • I feel as though our autumn is happening in slow motion this year Debra, with so much fresh green around us still, and many brightly coloured leaves still on the trees and not dropping. The surrounding hills have only just begun to get colour, so I think it will be a good month… hope to get more photos to share! I am glad we have hedgehogs and not raccoons! The hedgehogs are completely harmless to the garden and eat the pests, so are welocmed with open arms. (And goodies!) I’m just going out to feed them again, but haven’t spied any for a few days. The food is still disapearing though. 🙂

    • Seemed fitting with such a lovely moon the last few nights. It looked wonderful this evening encircled by a gold ring as it shone through the misty sky.

  8. Very nice; it reflects your inspiration and resulting theme beautifully. Those zinnias could pass for moonbeam coreopsis! Now I have various “Moon” songs running through my brain! Maybe you know Vaughan Williams “Dona Nobis Pacem”–a musical transcription of poetry by Walt Whitman–there’s a movement with the line “O moon immense, with your silvery face, you soothe me.” Also “Shine On, Harvest Moon”, and “Moon of Alabama!”

    I don’t know whether to thank you for these earworms or not! : )

  9. It’s a lovely vase, Cathy, but I enjoyed the link to the hedgehogs even more! They’re adorable and it’s wonderful of you to help the family make ends meet – it can’t be easy for the parents to tend to the needs of 9 offspring! We have no hedgehogs here – just voracious raccoons, squirrels, skunks, possums, coyotes and the scads of lizards.

    • I think they are probably all fending for themselves by now, but they know where to come after a night of foraging if they still fancy a snack! The creatures you have sound like they could be troublesome – we are fortunate as the only ones we have to watch are the dormice who like to get into roofs and insulation for their winter quarters and can cause havoc. We are watchful!

  10. Hi Cathy, how lovely to be inspired by nature. Your backyard, and the area you live, sounds absolutely beautiful from your description of just the sounds of an evening! The moon has been so splendid the past few days (last night was incredible). Your flowers are beautiful, and so true, they are relaxing!

    • The moon was really pretty last night here too Dana – through a misty sky I could see a golden ring around it – something to do with a moon eclipse apparently.

  11. Sorry I’m so late Cathy but just wanted to say what a fabulous vase. How lucky you are to have hedgehogs in the garden. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen one here 😦

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