In a Vase on Monday: Some real pinkness with roses & autumn joy

My favourite colour

My favourite colour

It is Monday!  Mondays mean it is time to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her In a Vase on Monday meme.  For me this is a much anticipated weekly event in my social calendar (I don’t get out much)!  It is great to see the other arrangements and touch base with the other bloggers.  You too can join us here:


climbing roses up close

climbing roses up close

As for my arrangement this week, all I had to do was cut a couple of branches from my climbing roses.  There were so many blooms! (and even more still outside!)

Sedum, what is not to like?

Sedum, what is not to like?

I know some people aren’t fans of Autumn Joy sedum, but I am not one of them. I love it.  It turns a dark auburn colour as it “matures” through the fall season.  It holds its shape really well when it dries, but the colour turns quite dark (basically black).  I would love to try and spray paint some and see what that would be like … I just need more hours in my day!

on the hutch facing forward

on the hutch facing forward

The vase itself I have used many a time before as it is part of my pottery collection from when we first got married.  I like the pattern on the front of the vase.

on the hutch facing backwards

on the hutch facing backwards

I hadn’t realized I’d taken a picture of the back of the vase until after I uploaded the pictures.  The blue is really rather boring!  The tall grass-like auburn-y coloured plant material was in the garden when we moved here. I don’t know what it is called. I don’t actually like the plant as I think it looks rather sloppy in the garden, despite my cutting off the dead leaves every winter.  But I did like how it added something to the arrangement.  Now I am being critical and I think it might look funny in these pictures!  You’ll have to trust me that it looks better in person. 🙂

Some joyful pinkness

Some joyful pinkness

And that is my In a Vase on Monday arrangement!  My next goal will be to remember to have props and themes for my Monday meme (wish me luck on that one)! I’m sure I’ll have no problem with that once I figure out how to add more hours to my day 🙂

Happy Monday!

14 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Some real pinkness with roses & autumn joy

  1. Happy Monday too Dana, you must be sheltered there to have such lovely blooms on your climbing Rose, its really pretty. I love Sedums and especially Autumn Joy, I can’t understand why anybody would not like them. Your vase back and front is lovely. 🙂

    • Hi Julie, (a belated) Thank you! I think these roses are a bit sheltered, but really we have not had full blown winter weather just yet. It was worth dead-heading and staying on top of them this summer to see such blooms still! Dana

  2. Good luck with adding in those extra hours… In the Vase Monday is becoming one of my favorite social events and I haven’t even participated! I love seeing what you come up with every week. I love sedum too. I have a few plants started but they seem to struggle in my garden (front yard actually). I need to figure out how to fix that.

    • Hi Michele! What a lovely compliment, thank you! Sedum is fabulous. I wonder why yours aren’t happy? I like to trim mine in the early spring so they don’t get too leggy (but I forgot to this year!). So I’ll be on top of that next year as I think they fall over too easily otherwise. Thank you for visiting 🙂

  3. I don’t get out much either…and as far as props etc I still forget…but I adore that vase and at first thought it was 2 vases….And oh pink roses still blooming so profusely is amazing…here it is snow and cold and all flowers are gone as is a lot of foliage, but you remind me why I love sedums…they look great in snow and in a vase so I hope to pick a few as the pickings are slim now.

    • Hi Donna, I think every area has pros and cons. I hope you at least like winter activities? 🙂 Whereas we have lovely flowers, but LOTS of rain! Thanks for your compliments. It is always nice to have you visit! Dana

  4. Roses in profusion still? How lovely – just the odd few here. Isn’t it fun to seek out things to complement our original choice, and the sedum and these ‘leaves’ do that perfectly. I used to be ambivalent about sedum too! Thanks for making the time to join in, Dana

    • Hi Kimberley, I also love pink! I’ve gotten used to having this very unseasonable colour in the garden well into the winter. Indeed, shall I ever discover how to get more hours in the day I will certainly share with you! Thank you for visiting 🙂

  5. Gorgeous! I think your vase is very clever to have two sides, so you can turn it as you please, and the reddish grass is very nicely arranged to give a lovely shape to your bouquet. I am also fond of sedums – they are so valuable as the first plant to show in spring, and last left standing in autumn. Have a nice week Dana! (And I know what you mean about Mondays being a highlight… I don’t get out much either! LOL! )

    • Hi Cathy, Thank you for your kind comments. It is fun to have visitors, and then go visiting myself for this meme! and I love getting so many wonderful ideas for arrangements/flowers to plant! 🙂

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