In a Vase on Monday – Mambo No.5

A little bit of …


…  makes you my vase.

Well, it is mid November and there aren’t many flowers left in the garden. What’s left is pretty soggy, with all the rain over the weekend and today. I had a quick trawl around when there was a break in the clouds this afternoon and found the delightful Rose ‘Jacques Cartier’, all scented and ruffled and pink.


It has been protected by the canopy of a crab apple (John Downie). So I cut a bit of both for today’s vase.


The other rose in flower still is a nice white floribunda and is probably Iceberg (inherited plant – IDed previously by theshrubqueen – many thanks).

Picking up the colours and filling out the vase are some fading sedum and a golden variegated euonymus that tends to send out rather a lot of completely chlorophyll-free branches, which looks quite nice as a collar under the crab apples. There are also some lovely bronze oak leaves, wisps of rusty coloured Pheasant Tail grass (Anemanthele lessoniana), Euphorbia oblongata, cotoneaster berries and rosemary.

And to up the Mambo factor I’ve displayed the vase with some cheerful acorn squash:vas6

Hop across to Cathy’s to see how resourceful everyone is being with increasingly scarce flowers for IAVOM, but of course with contributions coming in from around the globe don’t be surprise to see some lush and bountiful arrangements too.


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18 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – Mambo No.5

  1. pbmgarden says:

    You’ve captured the mood of the season–very attractive. Love the way you included crab apple.

  2. Chloris says:

    So much colour for November. What a gorgeous rose and lovely crab apples.

  3. Such lovely coloured crab apples

  4. Kris P says:

    It’s a wonderful combination. I love those pale euonymous leaves.

  5. Cathy says:

    A break in the clouds? Not something we had today!! The euonymous foliage does a brilliant job of linking the crab apples and the rest of the vase to the squashes and yet on the plant possibly looks a little anaemic. Your scented and ruffled and pink rose makes a great centrepiece and the whole vase seems to ‘glow’ – thanks for sharing

    • Ah, you weren’t so lucky. Well, it meant that I managed to walk the dog without getting wet a second time. I overlook that euonymus all the time because it edges a path and is utilitarian. The pale leaves are usually compost fodder. The Jacques Cartier rose smells delicious too, so it has been nice to bring it indoors.

  6. Patsi says:

    Wow ! You have lots of color. Those baby crabapples are so pretty.

  7. Wonderful, love the crabapples – they look pristine. Thought the roses were peonies!

    • The crab apples are looking their best this month, but when the skins are split by the frost they become a blackbird magnet, so that prolongs their season of glory. I wish the roses were peonies and that winter wasn’t fast approaching!

  8. Christina says:

    A lovely arrangement, you’re right that the Euomimous is very pale but it looks great in the vase. Does it grow well?

  9. Cathy says:

    A great mix of colours and textures. The crab apples are a lovely touch. My golden Euonymus often has a few paler branches like that too!

  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice autumn mix, Allison. I’m impressed with how healthy your crabapples are. Anything in my yard would like have bug marks and sooty mildew. I can’t grow fruit at all!

  11. karen says:

    So pretty. I love using crab apples in my flower arrangements. Sadly I missed monday flowers this week. I was stuck in the floods and couldn’t get home before dark.

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