(Not) In a Vase on Monday – Leaf kebab anyone?

This morning, on my dog walk, I was admiring the beautiful red stems being revealed on the lime trees as the leaves fall, so I snapped off a few (don’t panic, they flail them every year anyway, so I am just ahead of the game). I thought that they would start the basis of my annual winter twig vase.


Then I read Cathy’s (at Rambling in the Garden) post, celebrating 5 years of IAVOM this week, with the challenge of NOT using a vase. So, bringing together the idea of local hedges currently full of trapped fallen leaves (admittedly skewered on brambles or blackthorn) and those lovely glossy red Tilia branches, I decided to try a bit of ephemeral landart.


With the sun already set and the light failing as I ran around the garden collecting autumn leaves I am afraid this week’s NOT.vase is a concept exercise rather than work of art. Apologies.


However, as I stabbed the coloured leaves with the terminal buds and slid them down to catch on big buds at the leaf axils, I decided that the idea has possibilities.

So I present ‘Autumn leaf kebab’ (and I’ll try to do better next time):


Congratulations Cathy and thanks for promoting such successful floral inspiration each and every week. Well done! Don’t forget to pop over to Cathy’s blog to check out an fantastic array of NOT.vases.

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18 Responses to (Not) In a Vase on Monday – Leaf kebab anyone?

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    So clever and arty, Allison, I love it! This could be the start of something new. I can just imagine it as a table piece at a posh dinner. 🙂

  2. Kris P says:

    VERY clever! I’ve heard of “leaf stacking” but not of leaf skewering. Your kebab shows off the beautiful fall foliage just perfectly.

  3. Cathy says:

    Oh, I love this concept and it is another great example of what people can do without cutting precious flowers. I can visualise ways of using the concept to enhance vases throughout the year too – or attaching dried flowers to twigs… Thanks for triggering all these thoughts and for joining in today, Allison

  4. I agree this was very clever….loved it!

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Great concept! Happy IAVOM!

  6. Sam says:

    Love it 🙂 Great colours.

  7. Cathy says:

    Oh, what a lovely idea! 🙂

  8. Christina says:

    Clever!, what a lovely idea!

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