In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement composed of materials collected from our gardens.

The inspiration for today’s vase is a large piece of the kitchen aloe I keep handy at all times. I intended to let the aloe be the focal point, but I kept filling in with other cuttings from the autumn garden until the design veered drastically from my initial idea.

Aloe

An overgrown section of aloe was positioned upright into a florist’s pin resembling spokes of a wagon wheel. As more materials were added the aloe became more horizontal without me realizing it.

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

Plum-tinged by the weather, Aquilegia foliage is featured front and center, its soft hue echoed and reenforced by surrounding spires of purple angelonia.

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

Richly colored salvia and bright zinnias add zesty accents.

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)

Materials
Aloe
Angelonia ’Purple’ (summer snapdragon)
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)
Dahlia ‘Fireworks’
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)
Vase
Ceramic bowl, black matte exterior, red glazed interior

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

25 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

  1. Christina

    I agree with Peter I think the horizontal Aloe really makes the arrangement and so is the most important element. I think it is one of my favourite arrangements.

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  2. Cathy

    I like the way you have built this up Susie and agree that the aloe looks just right in a horizontal plane . Each consituent part is such a rich colour, making a warm vase overall. And do tell us why you have to have the aloe nearby in the kitchen – do you use it on cuts and burns?

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  3. Kris P

    Nice use of the Aloe! And you should be able to replant it when you dismantle the arrangement. Succulents are so wonderfully accommodating.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. There’s no root on the piece of aloe, but I think it should root. Aloe is one of my indoor plants I always want around. Mine doesn’t bloom like those I saw growing in yards in CA though.

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  4. rickii

    Good to know that even with your apparent control your arrangements evolve. The Aloe is the most startling element so it still steals the scene.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh, I’m seldom in control of my arrangements. Was telling a friend today I couldn’t work in a florist where I had to duplicate a design time after time–mine just lead and I follow. Hope you’re doing well.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Eliza. That aloe had been getting too large and I’d noticed its shape caught my interest every time I watered it. Glad I decided to include it in a vase.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Purples and blues are my favorites in the garden and a bit of orange can really make them pop. I think I mostly like orange in the heat of summer; once we get into traditional pumpkin time it’s too much!

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