I’ve been doing lots of activities firmly focussed on autumn: jam making, blackberrying, seed and leaf collecting, grass scarifying and I found myself wistfully thinking back to the summer that never really seemed to completely happen. So now I have a fancy for a seaside trip, for the light and the air, but I am not sure when that will be possible and therefore I’ve resorted to symbolic flowers in today’s vase.
First there is the sunshine: represented appropriately by Jerusalem artichoke – a sun look-alike and sun-follower.
Then there are the choppy waves, the slight danger of strong currents and a bit of sea foam, expressed here by some monkshood, salvia uliginosa and feverfew. There’s a bit of scented white nemesia too for its seaside candyfloss smell.
Then there are the fluff clouds, portrayed by some white roses. They have a nice gentle scent too, but as they came with the house I don’t know what kind they are.
Displaying the arrangement in the pebble garden seemed like a good idea, but although the whole thing does remind me of the seaside, it also looks a bit washed out against the stones.
So I moved the vase to the bench on the hill to catch the mellow light from a setting sun.
I think that rounds out the colours and you can better see the effect of the fillers: evening primrose, verbena bonariensis, salvia farinacea ‘Victoria blue’ and persicaria ‘Red dragon’. Overall it feels fairly summery I think and there’s still plenty of time left to cover autumn themes.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting In a Vase on Monday. Please do follow the link to see her alliterative vase , plus other contributions for today.