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: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/in-a-vase-on-monday-a-vase-for-thomas-hood/

 

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!
Dana

Fall flowers from a pink & purple palette!

Artichokes, Mr. Fokker anemone, erysimum (bowles' mauve), and pink roses

Artichokes, Mr. Fokker anemone, Erysimum (bowles’ mauve), and pink roses.

These pictures of the flowers in the vase were taken on November 9th, 2013.  I had to write that as it seems crazy to have such pretty flowers in November!  Granted, only the roses look nice on their own in the garden now, but when I put them all together they really did look nice!

My roses at the front gate.

My roses at the front gate in November.

My roses are doing O.K., despite having had black spot this summer.

My favorite color: pink.

My favorite color: pink.

The artichokes and anemone don’t look quite as pretty today.

Globe artichoke flowers in November.

Globe artichoke flowers in November.

Mr. Fokker anemone in November.

Mr. Fokker anemone in November. These guys get beaten by the wind in our yard!

But just a few weeks ago in October, they were stunning!

Globe artichoke in October.

Globe artichoke in October.

Globe artichoke with erysimum in October.

Globe artichoke with Erysimum bowles’ mauve in the background  in October.

A globe artichoke plant in full bloom.

A globe artichoke plant in full bloom in October.

Erysimum bowles' mauve in October.

Erysimum bowles’ mauve in October.

Pink Japanese anemone with dahlia and Erysimum bowles' mauve in background.

Pink Japanese anemone with dahlia and Erysimum bowles’ mauve in background. These anemone have been terribly beaten by the wind at this stage! So they didn’t make it into my bouquet.

It seems that I had lots of pretty pictures of these lovely plants and I just had to share them with you!  But back to November:

A vase of flowers in November.

A vase of flowers in November (before I added roses). Our beech hedging is changing color.

We had company this weekend, and I wanted to have something pretty on the table.  I went into the garden to see what I could put together and was delighted with my little bouquet!

Fall bouquet albeit pink & purples...

Fall bouquet albeit pink & purples…

Taking pictures of flowers works best outside.  I was really pushing my luck as it was very late in the afternoon when I finally got around to my fun “work” of getting flowers!  I had the very last bit of sunlight to take the pictures!

Artichokes, Mr. Fokker anemone, Erysimum (bowles' mauve), and pink roses

Artichokes, Mr. Fokker anemone, Erysimum (bowles’ mauve), and pink roses.

The bouquet indoors.

The bouquet indoors.

But maybe it doesn’t look that much different inside.

The table is set for company.

The table is set for company.

A little bit of the garden brought inside.

A little bit of the garden brought inside.

It was nice having friends over to visit.  I made Guinness stew, per request.  I was able to use our own onions, and potatoes.   My 13 year old daughter was very kind and made brown bread (which was delicious) to go with dinner.  While the bread was baking, she also made us flour-less chocolate cake!  It, too, was fabulous!  I should really do a post about the brown bread. It is an easy recipe, and authentic as it is my mother-in-law’s recipe!  I will post about it the next time we make it.

And that, my dear people, is my 100th Mom in the Garden post!  I’ve also hit the big “10,000 views” for my wee little blog!  I am chuffed to have had so many visitors, likes, and wonderful comments to my blog!  Thank you!  I realize this pace isn’t going to break any records, but blogging is something I truly enjoy and I do it for that enjoyment.

Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey!

Happy fall!
Dana