In a Vase on Monday: Oranges and Lemons

Is it really mid-November?!



Oranges and lemons“, say the bells of St. Clement’s
“You owe me five farthings”, say the bells of St. Martin’s
“When will you pay me?” say the bells of Old Bailey
“When I grow rich”, say the bells of Shoreditch
“When will that be?” say the bells of Stepney
“I do not know”, says the great bell of Bow…

(English nursery rhyme)


My vase this week for Cathy’s meme In a Vase on Monday not only looks full of zing, it smells citrusy too!

Lemon balm at the front and lemon verbena at the back provide the greenery. (And the cake in the background was also lemon-flavoured!)


The Physalis look like little mandarins and their colour is so cheerful indoors in November –  especially when the sun manages to shine across the whole dining room to catch them on the north-facing windowsill!


The fading grapefruity yellow Chrysanthemums from the pot on my front doorstep, along with a couple of lemony Antirrhinhums, were looking like their days were numbered. They will probably last longer in the vase than outdoors this week.

I think the star today is the golden and tangerine Hypericum, which combined the two colours in my theme so beautifully. It has never flowered so long before. (Should I prune it or not? It has usually been cut back by now.)


The finishing touch was two Pennisetum flowers…


I can’t quite believe that I still have flowers in my garden for a vase in the middle of November. Enlightening and uplifting!

Thanks again to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Go and visit her and see what she and many other participants have put in their vases this week.