Let Us Give Thanks

Mominthegarden:

As an American, it is in my blood that Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday of November. But as a part of a busy family living in Ireland, we’ll be celebrating this weekend. So for now, I offer your this short blog post.

I would like to reflect on my many blessings, and family and friends are, of course, the most wonderful blessings of all! This poem, posted by my blogging friend Michele of The Salem Garden, made me smile and think of all of my friends in very different ways! and since it is all gardening related I simply love it!

May my American family and friends, near and far, enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving.
In peace,
Dana

Originally posted on The Salem Garden:

Let Us Give Thanks

By Max Coots

Let us give thanks for a bounty of people:
For children who are our second planting, and, though they grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may they forgive us our cultivation and fondly remember where their roots are.
Let us give thanks:
For generous friends…with hearts as big as hubbards and smiles as bright as their blossoms;
For feisty friends as tart as apples;
For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us we had them;
For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;
For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn — and the others — as plain as potatoes, and so good for you.
For funny friends, who are as silly as brussels sprouts and as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes, and serious friends…

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In a Vase on Monday: Pink, Purple, Red & Coral … in November!

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Pink Hesperanthus (schizostylis)

Pink Hesperanthus (schizostylis)

Hello there!  I am so looking forward to this week’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme!  My weekend included one whole entire day that had no scheduled activities.  woohoo!  That meant garden time for me.  To top off that great schedule, the weather was incredible on Saturday; very mild and beautifully sunny!

Geranium

Geranium

I worked until I was physically exhausted and could do no more.  There is always so much to do in a garden!  I would not call it work though because I enjoy all of it.  But it certainly does take time and effort.  Lots of effort.

Knautia macedonica "Red Knight"

Knautia macedonica “Red Knight”

After my hard working day, I was so happy to take some time and gather flowers.  At that stage though, I had to move quickly to catch the setting sun in my pictures.  My collection includes Hesperantha, Erysimum Bowles’ Mauve, Geranium, and  Knautia Macedonica ‘Red Knight’.

Erysimum Bowles' mauve

Erysimum Bowles’ mauve

I grouped the erysimum bowles’ Mauve all together.  The individual flowers were rather   wimpy looking on their own.  The group of them look almost substantial!

Geranium

Geranium

The geranium are two lovely shades.  We were scheduled to have a very hard frost on Saturday night (which we did have), so there days are seriously numbered.  They are from last year, though, so they have had a great long life.

Evening sunlight

Evening sunlight

I just love the evening sunlight…

In a Vase on Monday...

In a Vase on Monday…

This cute little arrangement fits nicely on our kitchen table.  I don’t have any pictures of that to show you, ’cause my kitchen is a bit of a disaster at the moment ;-)

November in the garden...

November in the garden…

The vase I bought at a charity shop in Switzerland 18 years ago.  It is a very simple piece of pottery.  I last used it to hold an arrangement of barley, with the raffia tied in front.  It was for a special friend who really appreciated it.  But when she was done with it, she gave me back the little vase. So now I have it with memories of my friend too.

A different view

A different view

Remember, you can see other “In a Vase on Monday” posts at: Cathy’s blog http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com .

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a good week!
Dana

In a Vase on Monday: Some real pinkness with roses & autumn joy

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My favourite colour

My favourite colour

It is Monday!  Mondays mean it is time to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her In a Vase on Monday meme.  For me this is a much anticipated weekly event in my social calendar (I don’t get out much)!  It is great to see the other arrangements and touch base with the other bloggers.  You too can join us here: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/in-a-vase-on-monday-a-vase-for-thomas-hood/

 

climbing roses up close

climbing roses up close

As for my arrangement this week, all I had to do was cut a couple of branches from my climbing roses.  There were so many blooms! (and even more still outside!)

Sedum, what is not to like?

Sedum, what is not to like?

I know some people aren’t fans of Autumn Joy sedum, but I am not one of them. I love it.  It turns a dark auburn colour as it “matures” through the fall season.  It holds its shape really well when it dries, but the colour turns quite dark (basically black).  I would love to try and spray paint some and see what that would be like … I just need more hours in my day!

on the hutch facing forward

on the hutch facing forward

The vase itself I have used many a time before as it is part of my pottery collection from when we first got married.  I like the pattern on the front of the vase.

on the hutch facing backwards

on the hutch facing backwards

I hadn’t realized I’d taken a picture of the back of the vase until after I uploaded the pictures.  The blue is really rather boring!  The tall grass-like auburn-y coloured plant material was in the garden when we moved here. I don’t know what it is called. I don’t actually like the plant as I think it looks rather sloppy in the garden, despite my cutting off the dead leaves every winter.  But I did like how it added something to the arrangement.  Now I am being critical and I think it might look funny in these pictures!  You’ll have to trust me that it looks better in person. :-)

Some joyful pinkness

Some joyful pinkness

And that is my In a Vase on Monday arrangement!  My next goal will be to remember to have props and themes for my Monday meme (wish me luck on that one)! I’m sure I’ll have no problem with that once I figure out how to add more hours to my day :-)

Happy Monday!
Dana

Acts of kindness last a lifetime, as remembered through a crocheted flower blanket

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It all started with some pink and green...

It all started with some pink and green…

When I think of acts of kindness I think of “the little things”.  That is because I still have fond memories from when I was young of how certain people were patient, supportive, and kind to me.  Let me explain…

trefoil ... little touches of sweetness

trefoil … little touches of sweetness

I learned to crochet way, way, way before it was fashionable to do so.  I was ten years old (ha! O.K., maybe I shouldn’t say that it was that long ago?) and my swim coach and his wife were a lovely retired couple with no children.  I became their surrogate granddaughter and Mrs. Emerson’s love of crocheting was passed on to me with many wonderful afternoons of lessons. I still have and use the set of crochet needles she gave to me.

green flower up close

I have such happy memories of our times with them.  Mr. Emerson was my very first swim coach.  Boy did he have a tough job!  But I remember that he was quite patient with all of us beginners, and always kind.  Being a part of the swim team really felt like being a part of their family.  It was a very fun time!

The very centre of my flower blanket

The centre pink flower is the very centre of my flower blanket

So now when I crochet I find myself thinking fondly of the times when Mrs. Emerson taught  me a new stitch, or showed me a new project, or generally of the wonderful times we had together.

Pinks, yellow & green all lined in white

Pinks, yellow & green all lined in white

As for swimming, I am now a coach myself and I absolutely love it! I think of all of the coaches who were patient with me, encouraged me, and supported me all through my many years of competitive swimming.  Now it is my turn to ‘pay it forward’ and do the same.

an evening shot giving a different hue to the colours

an evening shot giving a different hue to the colours

As for the crocheted flower blanket, it all started while I was away with my daughter at a swimming competition!  We popped into a wool shop and I simply loved the spring colours they had (it was March last year): pinks, yellow, green (especially the green)!

spot the pattern...

spot the pattern…

This is the part where I could write “lessons on how not to make a blanket”…  I just bought balls of wool. I didn’t have a project in mind but I had a vague idea that it would be a blanket.  :-)

I had a couple of books, too many ideas, and not enough yarn!

getting ideas from books

getting ideas from books

I found a flower pattern that I really liked. To make it fit a blanket and with other granny squares I just added stitches to the outside.  The picture of the blanket above is what I had in mind for tying it all together. I really liked the white lining and border.

There is a yellow cross through the centre, and two diamonds of flowers. Can you see it?

There is a yellow cross through the centre, and two diamonds of flowers. Can you see it?

I won’t show you the many pictures of failed attempts at “randomness”.  Random just did not work for me. I needed to have some order to my madness!  I also had white and light pink granny squares that just did not go well with these colours.  This is the tough (silly) part when you just crochet without a pattern.  I finally disciplined myself to create a pattern of colours and flowers.  Life got much easier then!

natural sunlight

natural sunlight

I have green flowers on a yellow square at the centre point of each border.  From there, I alternated pink and yellow flower colours in a diamond shape. There is also a diamond shape around the very centre pink flower.  To add more flowers, I decorated the corners.  I think I mostly worked diagonally!

spot the pattern...

spot the pattern…

The flowers took a long time to make.  WAY longer than I wanted them to.  The granny squares are a cinch to make.  Crocheting it all together actually made my hands get all cramped!  huh?  I must have been holding everything together too tightly.  There are 121 squares.  That is because I ran out of dark pink yarn and decided I was totally done with this project! Having started in March, done a bit in April, nothing over the summer, and then started again in September, this project was dragging on way too long!  The blanket pattern with the white border simply said to crochet them together horizontally first, then vertically.  It would have been helpful to say “slip stitch over the already crocheted together rows”…   Nevertheless, I figured it out.

Yep, I have the blanket hanging on my clothes horse.

Yep, I have the blanket hanging on my clothes horse.

I waited on the border until I found something a bit different.  The tiny trefoils are simple to make and I liked the look (makes me think of shamrocks).

Here is where my border came from

Here is where my border came from

I only put them at the corners of each square.  I tried more but didn’t like the look.  I should tell you that there were many times I unraveled my work because it just wasn’t good enough.  Now I can honestly say that I really like it.  O.K., I love it.  :-)

looking very sweet on hot pink!

looking very sweet on hot pink!

And that is my story of how acts of kindness can last a lifetime!

I hope there is kindness in your life today!

Dana

In a Vase on Monday: A Simple fall Posy

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A collection of potted plants

A collection of potted plants

Well hello there! Have you come to see what I’ve gathered from the garden this week to create a vase for the meme “In a Vase on Monday”?  I do hope so!  It has been a lot of fun finding different vases, flowers and ideas for this meme. Cathy at Rambling in the Garden is the lovely host, and you can visit her blog here: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com .  While you are there, you can check out the links to other vases too.

Afternoon sunlight

Geraniums, marigolds and calendula flowers bathing in afternoon sunlight

The weather had been quite mild for September and October.  But recently we had our first hard frost, and the forecast is for more cold weather.  So I thought I should feature my potted plants (quick, before they are destroyed!).

Pewter Vase &  awesome afternoon sunlight

Pewter Vase & awesome afternoon sunlight

The vase is pewter and was given to me by a very special friend (thank you Jean!).  I thought it was perfect for my little posy.

Simply lovely

Simply lovely

The afternoon sunlight coming in the house was absolutely lovely.  I have been going at warp speed of late, so it was incredibly wonderful to take some time to pick, cut, and photograph the flowers in that sunlight.  It really is amazing the difference lighting can make.

Later that night...

Later that night…

See?  That picture doesn’t have the same “sparkle” as the ones with sunlight.

A nice arrangement all the same

A nice arrangement all the same

Still, I’ll take the arrangement as it adds some life to our kitchen.

Fall Posy

Fall Posy

And that is me and my “In a Vase on Monday” all finished!  A quick one today.  But I do hope you enjoyed it!

Until next week :-)
Dana

In a Vase on Monday: A Summer look (Still)

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Didn't expect this

Didn’t expect this summer look at the very end of October!

It is Monday!  Just barely so, but you are getting used to me by now, aren’t you?  I know some people would have had their “In a Vase on Monday” meme done and dusted by now, but sometimes I just need a little bit more time.  Good things come to those who wait, right?   :-)

dahlias, roses, wild yarrow, lavender

dahlias, roses, wild yarrow, lavender, campanula & hesperantha (schizostylis)

I had been making my arrangements on the weekends (the only way I could possibly get them posted on the blog at a decent hour on a Monday!).  But alas, this week it was left until today.  Today was an unsettled weather day, looking rather dull with a very light mist of a rain most of the day. That is, until I went outside to cut some flowers.  Then down came the rain! Ha!  That’ll teach me to not put things off! Maybe.

Some pink Schizostylis/Hesperantha that is the same colour as the roses

Some pink Schizostylis/Hesperantha that is the same colour as the roses

I have to say that I didn’t really have anything in mind when I went outside to cut flowers.  I went outside just to see what was on offer. The roses I was originally going to use were blown away completely just this weekend.  These roses seem to be a little bit more hardy.  The stems had six or more blooms all clustered together.  They are fabulous at our front gate.  Coming from New York, it took a while for me to adjust to the “fall colours” here.  At home you would see so much burgundy, yellow, orange, and red in gardens.  But certainly not pink!  Here you can still see so many summer colours even at the end of October.  The only “fall” look comes from foliage, really.

I had to clear our hutch!

I had to clear our hutch

No sun in sight for my picture taking. Plus, I left it a bit late.  So I had to clear our kitchen hutch. I love it when it is all cleared, but it is so hard to keep it that way!  I’m sure my husband won’t recognise it…

The flowers that didn't make the cut...

The flowers that didn’t make the cut…

The Salsa Red Echinacea and red Schizostylis (Hesperantha) didn’t seem to fit in with the other colours.  They look quite nice on their own, though.

A pink, purple, and yellow look

A pink, purple, white, and yellow look

Up close

Up close

I still find it surprising when I can manage to make an arrangement just from items from my garden.  That.Is.Neat.

Stickley kitchen hutch as a backdrop for my flowers :-)

Stickley kitchen hutch as a backdrop for my flowers :-)

Do you see the hydrangea sitting on top of the hutch?  I should have taken a better picture of it, as it is a very pretty blue and burgundy mix.  I see a wreath creation in its future.  But more immediate, I think my next project will be to make a festive tea cosy to replace the roses cosy.  Since the cosy is on display where it lives on my hutch, I think it might be nice to change things up a bit.

I just need a few more hours in each day!

I’m joining Rambling in the Garden for Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme if you’d like to stop by and see some other vases! You can click here: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/in-a-vase-on-monday-collection-of-compositae/

Happy Monday!
Dana

In a Vase on Monday (night): Allium

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Allium, rye, hydrangea, globe artichokes

Allium, rye, hydrangea, globe artichokes

It is still Monday!  Talk about leaving things till the eleventh hour.  My blog post yesterday took me ages to put together, which left me no time for my ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme!  But now I have a moment to breathe and I can share with you an arrangement I put together this summer.  I’m using it today because I really think it is quite a fall looking arrangement.

A rather dry arrangement with the barley fields in the background.

A rather dry arrangement with the barley fields in the background.

I think the barley in the field had just been harvested when I took these pictures. The hydrangea blooms from my father-in-law were freshly cut, but I didn’t put them in water.  I used them in my birthday flower arrangement, too.  (I’m sure you were already thinking that, weren’t you?)

Hydrangea & globe artichokes

Hydrangea & globe artichokes

The pottery vase is a real keeper. I bought that from my gardening club when I lived in  Syracuse, NY.  It has a great height, and the blue and green are lovely colours to work with.  I hadn’t realised until just now that I didn’t get a very good picture of the vase.

that's not allium

that’s not allium

I think I was more interested in my props than my allium when I was taking these pictures.  The globe artichokes are still holding on to their colour.

Holding everything in place

Holding everything in place

Sometimes I pretend that I’m just so clever.  Look how I held everything in place?  Pieces of dried allium stems held together with elastic bands to form a triangle.  Totally high tech.  :-)

Sitting high in my kitchen

Sitting up high in my kitchen

The above picture looks fuzzy!  I hate that.  But I just wanted to show you where my arrangement lives; in my kitchen above my microwave. It is a great space to fill! Some of the allium are still purple while some are definitely yellowed.  There aren’t  so many hydrangeas since I stole them for my birthday arrangement. That lives in my front hall.

I’ll end with one of my favourite pictures of allium that I took (probably around the time of these pictures).

If you’d like to see some other arrangements from the meme In a Vase on Monday, stop by Cathy’s Rambling in the garden’s blog: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/in-a-vase-on-monday-the-joys-of-autumn/ 

Happy Monday!
Dana

Dried Allium

Dried Allium

To everything there is a Season …

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Mosaic at Dublin City Universtiy

Mosaic at Dublin City Universtiy

I have truly missed blogging. It isn’t for lack of things to talk about that you haven’t heard from me. It also isn’t for lack of photographs to tell a story with, as I have so many that I haven’t even gone through them all on the computer.  There has been so much going on in my life. I’m really not one to simply go through the motions of any activity.  I like to give 100%.

Mosaic at Dublin City University

Mosaic at Dublin City University

That is where my problem is.  I have not been able to give 100% of myself to blogging.  Because blogging isn’t just about writing a post. It is about relationships with other bloggers, and visiting their sites, and commenting on their posts, too.  I do love visiting other blogs,  learning new things,  seeing gorgeous photographs, all of it! But that takes time, and well, having started a new job I don’t have the time I used to have.  So I do apologise if you haven’t heard from me.

Mosaic and garden at DCU

Mosaic and garden at DCU

The original reason I started blogging, though, was to let those at home, in the States,  know what I’ve been up to. So in that vein, I am carving out some time to do that.  I took time yesterday to go through photos from the past 6 weeks or so.  It was fun to do!  And I just thought that this mosaic at Dublin City University would be perfect for my blog post.

Dublin City University is where my husband and I first met 25 years ago.  It has grown and changed dramatically since then! Kinda funny to find both of us back there together now, all these years later!  I find the campus to be rather lovely.

I especially love this mosaic.

To everything there is a season...

To everything there is a season…

Life is not always smooth sailing.  This post is incredibly timely for me;  A gentle reminder which I needed.

a close-up

a close-up

Seasons change. People change. Circumstances change.  All with purpose.   It is not always easy, but it is a part of life.  I’m feeling grateful for the amazing people in my life.     …pause for moment of reflection … ;-)

I always have my camera in my purse.  Always.  Here are just a few pictures I’ve taken while walking around campus.  It was easier to get non-people pictures before the students came back a few weeks ago.  The campus is really bustling now that the semester has started.

Changing colours...

Changing colours…

I really like the arbor, even though it is made of steel beams.  You can just barely see the mosaic on the brick building, too!

A couple of weeks later.

A couple of weeks later.

I try to really see my surroundings and to be 100% present. I think that is why I want to capture everything with my camera.  There is beauty everywhere!

The other side of the arbor

The other side of the arbor

The Rose Bowl Garden

The Rose Bowl Garden

This beautiful sculpture commemorates the life of a Kenyan woman named Rose Atieno and all who have lost their lives to AIDS.

Rose Bowl sign

Rose Bowl explanation

Rose Bowl sculpture

Rose Bowl sculpture

 

beyond the sculpture

beyond the sculpture

Some modern art and some flowers.

DCU around campus in the fall

DCU around campus in the fall

The other side of the modern art and flowers!

Fuchsia lined sidewalks (foot paths)

Fuchsia lined sidewalks (foot paths)

I studied at Dublin City University just before the name change.  It was still called the National Institute of Higher Education when I was here.  Our graduating class were the first DCU graduates.   That is me on the right covered head to toe in jeans (and sneakers of course…).  I’m standing with my dear friend Amy, who also studied Business Administration with me.  We had a fun year at DCU!

 

Walk down memory lane... The National Institute for Higher Education - months before receiving university status.

Walk down memory lane… The National Institute for Higher Education – months before receiving university status.

DCU entrance today

DCU entrance today

Wow. What a difference 25 years makes.  I love the Giant’s Causeway look.

DCU entrance

DCU entrance

To everything there is a season and a purpose under the heavens.  Changes are all around us. But always, there is beauty. Beauty is everywhere.

I hope you can see the beauty around you too.
Dana

In a Vase on Monday: Roses & Ivy with a helping of Blackberries

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In a Vase on Monday; Roses & Ivy & other lovely stuff

In a Vase on Monday; Roses & Ivy & other lovely stuff

Honestly, I never would have thought I could produce so many varied arrangements from materials gathered in my own garden!  I am so glad to have been challenged to look at everything in the garden as potential “In a Vase on Monday” material.

Hydrangea just barely visible

A single pink Hydrangea flower is just barely visible in the centre

I do have to say that I make my arrangements on the weekend. My life is way too crazy to do it on a Monday (do you know that feeling???).   I’ve been lucky so far, always having some form of sun to photograph with.  Can I just say that I love the sun?  I’ve lived in some cities where the sun didn’t always come out as often as I would like.  Let’s just say that those cities aren’t known as sunny locations: Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Dublin, Zurich, even Poughkeepsie where I’m originally from.  All are great places to live and probably the reasons why I so appreciate seeing the sun when I do!

Ivy. Isn't it lovely?

Ivy. Isn’t it lovely?

I digress.  Back to flowers.  I had it in my head that I wanted to use my ivy.  This is the same ivy that I have spent countless hours removing from my hawthorne trees and ditch wall!  It is completely invasive!  I do remember that when I lived in Zurich I noted the greens used by florists were so lovely. It was indeed this very same type of ivy that was used to make the most amazing arrangements.  So I might just keep a little bit of it.  I’m sure the ivy itself will have more say about it staying than my actually doing something about it. :-)

Ivy, roses, snapdragon, schizostylis (or rather: Hesperantha), Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Ivy, roses, snapdragon, schizostylis (or rather: Hesperantha), Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

What to add to the greens?  The snapdragons have had a good run. Those in the arrangement are a lovely fuchsia colour, although they are very near the end of their lives.  I’m still a little shy of cutting fully beautiful flowers when they can be enjoyed outside. I feel less guilty if they are nearly done anyway.

Snapdragon  in the evening sunlight

Snapdragon in the late afternoon sunlight

an awkward view of the roses

an awkward view of the roses

The roses are my climbing roses. I don’t have the variety, since I was sent the wrong type when I originally ordererd them.  It was a dead giveaway since these guys have thorns and I ordered thornless…  Nevertheless, their blooms are lovely from June through until late fall.

Schizostylis (new name Hesperantha)

Schizostylis (new name Hesperantha) members of the Iris family

O.K., so I posted a picture of these guys, see pink flowers above and below,  on my Facebook page (have you clicked on my Facebook “LIKE” button yet? :-)  ) and someone commented that this plant has just had their name changed. What? Really? Seems there was some confusion about Hesperantha having corms versus Schizostylis having a short rhizome. Honestly, I read the article and I still think mine are Schizostylis.  I might just use both names to cover all of the bases.

Schizostylis (new name Hesperantha)

Schizostylis (new name Hesperantha)

It is a banner year for wild blackberries in our yard! They are everywhere. Those brambles live in the same area as the ivy, and I have also spent countless hours trying to get rid of them! They are unruly, have terrible thorns, and are invasive. Ah well, but while they are still here we at least get to enjoy their fruit. I do like having some fruit in the arrangement. Just something different.

blackberries galore..

blackberries galore..

What I really liked about this arrangement was all the different items, just a few of each, that worked together.  Well, they do in my eyes!  It is a rather messy, maybe I’ll say free flowing (?),  arrangement.

a little messy looking

a little messy looking

I’m sure I mentioned in an earlier post that my father-in-law grew my snapdragon from seed for me.  This one variety, which has a really nice multi-tone colour,  has variegated leaves.  It didn’t make the main vase, but is sitting nicely in its own Irish pottery vase.

snapdragon with variegated leaves

snapdragon with variegated leaves

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

One last view

One last view

Thank you, Cathy, of Rambling in the Garden, for hosting “In a Vase on Monday”!  You can visit her vase, and many links to others by visiting her page here: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/in-a-vase-on-monday-stars-from-another-galaxy/   (that one isn’t working, so please try here: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com)

Have you thought about making a vase yet? :-)
Dana

 

In Vase on Monday: Happy Birthday to me with Orange & Purple Fall fun-ness

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Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) with purple (painted) eucalyptus

Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) with purple (painted) eucalyptus

Well how about that, it is my birthday today!  As a little treat to myself I picked up a few things that I don’t currently grow in my garden (but I do hope to one day!).  I put them together for some fall colour in the house.  I thought I’d add it to my “In a Vase on Monday” collection, so here we go!

A little snippet of a view...

A little snippet of a view…

This past week while running errands I passed a florist shop that just looked so inviting.  It really doesn’t take much for me to want to go into a florist shop,  I even love the smell of them!  The purple painted eucalyptus really caught my eye.  The pictures don’t give it justice, it is beautiful!

 

Hydrangea from my father-in-law's garden along with gypsophila paniculata (baby's breath)

Hydrangea from my father-in-law’s garden along with gypsophila paniculata (baby’s breath)

So, I was standing in the shop with some of the lovely eucalyptus wondering what I was going to do with it!  I thought of a picture I posted the other day of my California poppies with cornflower and that sealed the colour combination I wanted;  Purple and Orange!

 

full view

full view

I came home and had fun putting it together.  I love doing that; fitting everything in its perfect place. Unfortunately,  it was really windy when I made it, so I couldn’t take it outside for pictures.  It is sitting in my front hall with so much natural light I thought for sure I could get a good picture…

I changed position to try and get more light from the window

I changed position to try and get more light from the window

not exactly…  But you more or less get the gist of the arrangement and colours :-)  The hydrangea are from my father-in-law’s garden. He gave them to me about a month ago and this time they dried really well. I liked how the lighter shade looked here.

I love those windows, but they stink for taking pictures!

I love those windows, but they stink for taking pictures!

I was told by another blogger that the Chinese Lantern plant will run wild in the garden, so my intention is to grow it in a pot.  That is on my “eventually will get to”  list. I planted some of the gypsophila paniculata (O.K., I just call this baby’s breath because it is MUCH faster to say!) this spring.  One tiny little sprig came up, but with no flowers.  I’m hoping next year will be better.

Our Stickley corner piece.  A perfect display place.

Our Stickley corner piece. A perfect display place.

The large window looks out to part of our front yard.  There is beautiful brightness in the afternoon.  I love the arrangement sitting right there.  And now the front hall smells like lovely eucalyptus!

I’m looking forward to seeing what Cathy at Rambling in the Garden has put together for her meme “In a Vase on Monday”.  You can visit her at: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com and see other lovely arrangements too.

Have a good week!
Dana

 

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