In a Vase on Monday: A November Anniversary 2021

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden started up this lovely meme one day in November (!) 8 years ago now, and it has been part of my weekly routine for almost as long (I think I started contributing in the spring of 2014). Mondays are definitely not as drab as they used to be, and there have been weeks where all I have posted has been a vase, keeping this blog ticking over. So we are all celebrating this anniversary with her. Congratulations! And I am rising to the challenge Cathy has given us for today: to create a vase without using any fresh flowers.


Well, actually, that might have been more of a challenge in June. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But even in November there is still a lot to love in my garden. So here is what I put together for this week, which I hope conforms to the ‘rules’. ๐Ÿ˜Š

The orange Geranium leaves against the pale pink vase rather appealed to me. Pink and orange is one of my favourite colour combinations. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Although they are not dried, they are dry-ish!

Lighting was trickyโ€ฆ it was very dull and grey on Sunday afternoon, with freezing cold drizzle. I had to put a lamp on! Thankfully the sun is peeping through the clouds today.

Some Echinacea seedheads are still standing, and I also picked three Allium ย ‘Millennium’ seedheads just before they start to disintegrate. The other additions are the still green Succisella seedheads and a few grasses from previous vases.

I hope you will visit Cathy in the course of today – you will find her latest vase and others linked in the comments section and I am sure you will agree how fascinating and inspiring it is to see what people around the globe are picking from their gardens.

Your Monday will be a little brighter for it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

A big thank you to Cathy! xx

39 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: A November Anniversary 2021

  1. Quite beautiful Cathy and clever idea to use the book. Vase works great against the “dryish” leaves. I too used dryish materials. Enjoy seeing your vases each week!

    • Hi Susie. It is getting that time of the year where artificial light will be needed for the photos. We actually had the lights on in the house all day Sunday as it was so drab outside. But it’s only a couple of months of darkness before the days get longer again. I have to think positive! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    • There were two sorts of Geranium leaves in the vase and one has dried up and shrivelled on me already. They still look lovely in the garden though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I love the height the grasses and allium give – they really set off the structure with those gorgeous geranium leaves. I think I must have cut my succisella stems down after they had flowered although I was probably expecting more blooms, so that’s something to remember for next year. Thank you for joining in all these years, especially when you say it is sometimes the only post you make in a week

    • Thank YOU Cathy, for hosting and encouraging us all, even in the depths of winter! I always leave the Succisella flower heads standing as they do last well into winter and seed around a lot (a bit too much actually). I haven’t managed to collect any seeds of the Lunaria or Linaria this year I am afraid. But there is always next yearโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • Thanks for the succisella info, and avout the non availability of lunaria and linaria (they sound like twin sisters!) The linaria has done OK here, but seems to be slow to build up – but of course it is still a youngster!

  3. I agree with your comment about the IAVOM meme putting a positive twist on Mondays. I love the color of your geranium leaves – I wish mine were as accommodating! The use of the pink vase was also inspired. I appreciated the shadows shown in your third photo as well.

    • Thanks Kris. Shadows may play a role more often over the next few weeks as I will need artificial lighting for my photos. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My Geranium leaves are all turning lovely colours, probably due to the cold temperatures, but don’t last long in a vase I am afraid.

  4. Congratulations on your wonderful contributions to this cheerful weekly challenge, Cathy. You share a bright corner of your world each week and it is always a joyful surprise to see what you come up with. I had to smile when you mentioned the echinacea seed heads. I cut mine back and threw them away not at all thinking of a dried arrangement. You teach me to see my garden with some fresh insight! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • I am so happy to share Debra. I have also learnt so much and been so inspired by all my blogging friends over the years, you included, so it is nice to know I can also provide some inspiration in return. ๐Ÿค—

  5. I love pink and orange together as well and those leaves are gorgeous in their fall glory. Seed heads are fascinating and your aster title photo continues to inspire me to look for asters.

  6. A lovely glowing autumnal arrangement Cathy. Some geranium leaves look fabulous in autumn and that is one of them. I am wondering what geranium it is, what is a succisella is as well as about the identity of that most inviting looking book ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  7. Oh, how lovely those geranium leaves are, especially against the pink vase. So now I’ve nipped out to check if any of my geraniums are going that colour yet, but they are all perfectly green! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ P.S. I love your asters too!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • One of the Geraniums in particular is bright orange at the moment, but most of them do turn a lovely colour in autumn. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I think this one is ‘Orion’.

  8. Cathy the geranium leaves are divine colors and look great with the pink vase – I love it. It is a precious arrangement like all yours. Cathy I’m very sorry I haven’t written for so long because she has given me an “attack” of horrible pain in my hip, lower back, back, shoulder, leg, all on the right side of my body that has kept me in bed without moving because of the pain and with pain pills. It is not the first time that happens to me. I’m better now but I’m still in pain, and I’ve been able to write on your beautiful blog joining IAVOM’s 8th Anniversary Congratulations and Congratulations to Cathy. Take care of yourself. Happy week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

      • Cathy thank you so much for your kind words. The worst is over and I think in a week I’ll be all right. Thank you for worrying about my health. Cathy I wish you the best. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿโ˜˜

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