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)

Β ~~~

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 –Β  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.


46 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Oranges and Lemons

  1. I’m so glad your Antirrhinhums are still flowering Cathy; mine are full of buds but no flowers today. Beautiful lemony colours for a very fresh looking vase, I agree that your Hypericum is a real star, I wrongly always think it is a rather boring plant but it is perfect like this.

    • These were the last antirrhinums Christina. Our cold and damp nights have made them go limp and slightly mouldy so they will have to go this week! I love my Hypericum, although it got terribly scorched this summer. I must read up on how to prune it and perhaps that will strengthen it for next summer. The wild ones are lovely too.

  2. That is zingy, I love it! The smell of crushed Hypericum leaves is one of my favourite smells as it reminds me of an old neighbour, we used to chat over the hedge and I crushed the leaves in my hand as we spoke. Your cake is a great edible prop!

  3. Gorgeous flower arrangement. The colours are just the perfect combination to cheer up any wintry day. Love the physalis. My lemon balm and hypericum have both gone over so I’m envying you yours but I do have antirrhinums still – no yellow ones though. That cake looks inviting πŸ™‚ Elizabeth

    • Thank you Elizabeth. My hypericum got a new lease of life in October and started flowering again! And the lemon balm spread into a gap in one of my rocks where it is very sheltered. πŸ™‚ I am glad I chose a yellow antirrhinum this year as it has been lovely on the doorstep all summer.

  4. Really fabulous Cathy as citrus is perfect this time of year….I love the colors and especially the Hypericum. Mine may still give me some foliage but each day more foliage drops from the cold and snow. Great mix of textures and materials.

  5. As you and others have said that hypericum really earns its keep here – almost worth growing just for the occasional vase!! I love the shade of yellow on the ‘fading’ chrysanths – and I trust the lemon flavoured prop was planned…?! Thanks so much for brightening our November, Cathy.

    • Hi Cathy. Actually the lemon cake was a coincidence, but having bought a bag of lemons a few days earlier maybe I just had lemons on the brain! I cheated and picked the flowers on Sunday, and they still look just as fresh tonight, so I can enjoy the sunny colours for a couple more days until we get to see the real sun again!

  6. Beautiful, Cathy! I love the Physalis – I’ve never tried growing that but perhaps I will give it a try. A new crop of snapdragons have just appeared in our local garden centers here (I guess the end of your season coincides with the beginning of ours). I’ve been turning my head from their siren call as they’re prone to rust here but maybe I’ll cave and find a place for a few in my garden this fall.

    • Be careful with the Physalis Kris. It is VERY agressive and once you’ve got it you will never get rid of it! How funny that you are now getting snapdragons in your shops. I would definitely give them a go as I have also had problems with them before now but this year they were perfect.

  7. Oranges and lemons! I love the chrysanthemums. How lovely it looks and with a lemon cake too. You are right it is amazing to have all these lovely blooms to pick in November. I love your arrangement, it is so fresh and pretty.

  8. This is so beautiful and invigorating Cathy – a great combination of materials! I have decided to try growing the Physalis next year – I know you have said it can be invasive but I have a lot of space so can probably cope with it – do you have any advice about what situation it would prefer?

    • Hi Julie. I think the Physalis likes full sun, but apart from that will grow anywhere! It spreads by underground roots and has even come up several metres away from the nearest visible plant. I will never be able to eradicate it, so I have decided to just pull up as much as possible every spring and enjoy the rest!

  9. Just gorgeous! I’m not familiar with Hypericum, but it is so sweet! I have some snapdragons blooming here, under an inch of snow, but blooming nonetheless. And I know you’ve written how invasive the Physalis is, but I do wish I had some for fall decor. I suppose I could just find a nursery that sells it and save myself a lot of weeding! Will you be posting the lemon bread recipe soon? Yum! Finally, “Oranges and Lemons” is stuck in my head now, thank you very much! Have a great week!

  10. I had neve seen this delightful version of such wellknown lines . . . thank you [smiling! . . . have repeated the first couple of lines most days of my life . . .

  11. A lemon theme, how very clever! Bet that cake is good too.This bouquet is very cheerful indeed and quite appropriate to celebrate this beautiful November. The Physalis is a great addition – wish I had some, I’d turn it into a garland with fairy lights. πŸ™‚

    • I always collect some of the Physalis for decoration Annette. They look so pretty around the house and stay there through winter till they get too dusty and the new plants are starting to appear!

  12. How wonderful to have lemon balm & verbena looking so good now. The physalis look like the are following each other in a small circle … it all has added a zing to my day – thanks!

  13. What a fun nursery rhyme to lead into your arrangement, Cathy! The yellows and orange are certainly lovely, too. That last picture absolutely captures the look of the vase beautifully. So nice to visit you! Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

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