In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of cuttings from our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

Yesterday, on a rainy Sunday morning, I actually gathered zinnias for today’s vase, but only one shows up in this Ikebana design.  Featured are dogwood branches with berries. A large dinnerplate dahlia whose name I do not know makes an interesting foil for the colorful autumn leaves.

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

The dahlias which have carried the garden through the summer and fall are finally , sadly, slowing down. Only one D. ‘Cafe Au Lait’  was usable for today but it was perfect in the way it relates to the color of the berries and its subtle stripes of pink connect to the leaves and larger flower.

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

The small red zinnia is a somewhat daring addition but I tried it and liked it.

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

Materials
Flowers
Dahlia sp.
Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Zinnia
Foliage
Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)
Materials
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower-filled vases across the world. Visit her to discover what surprises she and others found to place in a vase this week.

23 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Mood

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Chris, I am happy with this design. The dogwood leaves aren’t often in such good shape after summer but this year they’ve been amazing.

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  1. Noelle M

    I love the way you have brought together Dahlias and dogwood to celebrate the closing of the the Dahlias’s season. The arrangement is beautifully balanced. Have a good week.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Noelle. I’m sad to see the dahlias winding down but they’ve had a good run. The dogwood is having a banner year–it gets too much sun and often doesn’t look nice by fall.

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  2. Noelle M

    I love the way you have brought together Dahlias and dogwood to celebrate the closing of the the Dahlias’s season. The arrangement is beautifully balanced. Have a good week.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh, I’m glad. The three flowers relate to the dogwood leaves, not necessarily to each other strongly. The red zinnia seemed to pull everything together.

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  3. Annette

    This is a very elegant vase and you’ve once more created a beautifully balanced arrangement. I wouldn’t dare to cut any branches of my cornus yet as they’re still young but their foliage is a highlight of the season. Have a good week x

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  4. Cathy

    I am intrigued by the dogwood, Susie, and Googled to see what sort of growth Cornus florida has – it is more a tree than a shrub, is it? Not the same as Cornus kousa though? The leaves are such a pretty colour and make a good fol for the minimal blooms – have you ever tried preserving leaves in glycerine? I don’t know if all leaves are suitable but it would be lovely to be able to use these leaves throughout winter. With the dahlia, your vase must be taller than one might have first thought. Thanks as always for sharing it

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes Cathy, this dogwood is a native understory tree. Ours actually gets too much sun but this year I guess we’ve had enough rain to help it along–it’s been beautiful this fall. Haven’t trying preserving leaves. The height of the design must be about 12-14 inches.

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  5. Kris P

    The arrangement is beautifully balanced, Susie, and speaks of the shift in the seasons. I’m in the process of digging up dahlia tubers and yanking out badly mildewed zinnias but it’s a painful process – the cutting garden will be virtually bare soon.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. I am happy with this arrangement. Usually I look back at the vase and see things to change but with this one I’ve been content. Mildew is usually a problem with zinnias here too. This year mine have really just go going well (grrr…thanks to the rabbits).

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  6. Sel Calderbank

    What a beautiful composition, you have thought so carefully about the colour nuances. I also like the way you have integrated the warm tones of autumn foliage with the freshness of the Dahlia. Lovely!

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  7. Cathy

    I like that little red zinnia too Susie. Sad that dahlia season is coming to an end, but I know you have camellias to come soon and am looking forward to that season too! 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, both of my camellias have been flowering for a week or so. One is called Yuletide and it seems too early! Will have to check my records and see if this is the earliest.

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