In a Vase on Monday: Candy Pink and Caramel Brown

It’s Monday again – and time to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to fill a vase with materials from our own gardens. But first of all let me wish you all a happy and pleasant November!


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that myΒ  giant Miscanthus hadn’t flowered this year. Then I saw the first pinky strands showing and now it has finally produced a grand total of three (yes, THREE!) flowers! They remind me a little of fireworks, which is appropriate with Bonfire Night approaching in the UK.


After cutting back our singed fern on midsummer’s day, it grew back nicely so that I can now enjoy its autumn caramel tones. That’s a first for me. πŸ™‚


I added a single rose bud to the vase (from that rose again) and some of the perennial basil flowers, one of which (on the left) seems to have given up. I should have removed that piece, but somehow it adds character to the vase, don’t you think?


One piece of zebra grass (I’ve had it for several years but it hasn’t grown much for me) and a few other grasses filled the vase out a bit. There’s also a Heuchera flower in there, and a pale pink Linaria – the last I think.


To be honest, I am absolutely amazed at how much there is in the garden still – in November!

It has been very mild and sunny over the last few days, allowing me to take some of the photos outdoors, so I can only hope the rest of the month will follow suit.


Do go and visit Cathy’s site and see what everyone has created.

And have a good week!

35 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Candy Pink and Caramel Brown

    • I always think it’s odd that the Miscanthus doesn’t always flower. It is grown for fuel in some regions here and a local farmer planted a field just beyond our garden as an experiment – all of it is flowering!

  1. A lovely vase and the Miscanthus makes it. Which one is it?
    Donna is right your arrangement is like fireworks with all the grasses. You are very creative with your arrangements, and you always come up with some great ideas, for something that bit different

  2. A Lovely firework of a bouquet Cathy, thats a great use of the Miscanthus flower heads too, I can see the light in your garden and it looks really vibrant, not at all like November.

  3. That’s an amazingly long stem on that rose! And those grasses – they are wonderful and I can hardly wait to add some to my borders but am leaving it till next year unless I come across some bargain ones in the meantime! Definitely a fireworks of a vase – thanks for sharing it πŸ™‚

    • That rose seems to have shot upwards reaching for the sky! I must prune it soon, but am prevaricating: I am hopeless with roses and killed a beautiful scented one a few years ago by cutting it back too hard. Must do some googling before I do this one any damage!

      • And is it a climbing rose, or just an over-exuberant one? It can be left if it is a climbing one and side shoots cut back to a couple of buds. Most of mine are climbing ones and I am more confident with pruning these now – probably less so with the others.

  4. The Miscanthus is like fireworks, Panicums even more so! Miscanthus are always later than most of the other grasses but worth the wait. Love the vase today, the fern leave is stunning. Enjoy your November too.

  5. I have just fallen in love with miscanthus, Cathy. I keep thinking I have to see if it’s something we can grow here. Every time you share a photo I am really drawn to it as something special. What a lovely arrangement for this late in the season. I still have roses, so I have color, but I don’t think I could gather much more in my yard to have such a lush and full vase! Realy pretty!

    • Miscanthus looks beautiful in any light, but especially filtered sunlight and moonlight. πŸ™‚ It is also lovely when the wind blows through it – it is very loud though! πŸ™‚

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