In a Vase on Monday – Remains of the Day

It was foggy for most of the morning and I was mulling over collecting a vase of dead and skeletonized stuff for Halloween, if I got back in time to pick the seed heads. But by the time I made it back, there was golden sunlight slanting through the gaps in the hedge highlighting a few flowers and berries, so I changed my mind. The vase is now an eclectic selection of interesting pieces from the borders: dead, dying and very much alive.


Since I had started to gather some dead spikes of lovage, honesty and phlomis, I kept those as a topical backdrop to the colour of the living blooms. The honesty looks a little skull-like with sun behind it, so that seems appropriate too.


Persicaria, guelder rose berries and hardy fuchsia magellanica add some suitable bloody tones and drop-like shapes.


Mina lobata, tomatillo and crocosmia seedheads add some pumpkin colours around the edges.


It feels like the end of the season and November will see the beginning of the frosts. We are predicted some for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. However there are lot of little pieces of colour for now. I am still particularly enjoying the small, starry, pink flowers of aster ‘Lady in Black’, which arches across the vase here.


Bathed in the setting sunlight, the diverse individual flowers in the vase seem to blend together.

“It is, I believe, a quality that will mark out the English landscape to any objective observer as the most deeply satisfying in the world, and this quality is probably best summed up by the term ‘greatness.’ … And yet what precisely is this greatness? … I would say that it is the very lack of obvious drama or spectacle that sets the beauty of our land apart. What is pertinent is the calmness of that beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, of its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it.”

From ‘Remains of the Day’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the garden for hosting the popular ‘In a vase on Monday’ meme, despite being away in Edinburgh. Don’t forget to check out the links to other bloggers’ Halloween vases.

 Happy Halloween!


About Frogend_dweller

Living in the damp middle of nowhere
This entry was posted in Flowers, The home garden and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

22 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – Remains of the Day

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    A beautiful transitional vase, Allison. A foot in each seasons!

  2. This is a WOW for me! The color and abundance really give a sense of the season. Happy Halloween!

  3. Cathy says:

    What an intriguing and well observed quotation that is. We came home to low lying fog today, and sadly it wasn’t quite light enough for a ramble so I don’t yet know what has been happening in my absence. Good to see your eclectic collection instead – I love the balance of blooms and seedheads and berries and Eliza’s description of a foot in each season is so appropriate. Thanks for sharing

    • Thanks Cathy. Thick fog here for a few days too. I caught up with your belated ramble and it looks great and melllow. I am impressed with your floriferous pelargoniums!

      • Cathy says:

        Thanks Allison – they obviously liked the haircut they had a few weeks ago. I am especially pleased with the outer two as they were just scrappy bits taken from the other 3 plants as I had 5 pots to fill 😉

  4. True about the greatness of the English landscape. I love your arrangement and isn’t it wonderful when something you wouldn’t have ordinarily thought of comes together so beautifully.

  5. Christina says:

    It is a really beautiful mix of fresh flowers and dried seed-heads; not an easy combination at all but it all came together perfectly. A very good quote too.

  6. pbmgarden says:

    This is vibrant and lovely. I like the Lunaria seed heads.

  7. The slanting light catching the frail honesty seed head does make it look skeletal, what fun! Lovely description of the quiet beauty of English landscapes ….

  8. Cathy says:

    I am so glad the sun came through, encouraging you to create this gorgeous vase! The Honesty does look rather scary on its own, but mixed in with flowers and fresh-looking foliage and berries it all looks very much alive! 🙂

  9. Chloris says:

    Lovely, the seed heads set off your arrangement beautifully. I love it.

  10. Kris P says:

    Based on your vase, it appears your autumn is off to a lovely start! I envy you the Lunaria seedpods. I planted honesty in my garden this year, hopeful of getting some seedpods of my own, but I was sadly disappointed – the plants do not like my area of Southern California.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s