In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Simplicity

IMG_7465It is officially autumn and the two vases I’ve made this week reflect the crossover of the seasons.IMG_7467

IMG_7464The first is a slot-necked pocket vase that was handmade by artisans in Ecuador using a wax-resist technique that results in textured glazing. After seeing Cathy at Words and Herbs sunflower vase a few weeks ago, I remembered this one and wanted to feature it.

IMG_7466Slot-necks are tricky to use because the stems tend to flop left and right with few left in the middle. I fixed the problem by using dried hydrangea blossoms (H. ‘Annabelle’) to hold in place the yellow and salmon zinnia stems (Z. ‘Profusion’). Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) provides a nice harvest accent. The rusty tea towel and orange-tinged seashell compliment the arrangement.

IMG_7470The second vase is a solid, glass-crystal block that a dear friend from Colorado sent me last week as a surprise gift and I couldn’t wait to try it out.IMG_7476

I picked dried seed heads of daylily (Hemerocallis sp.) and yarrow (Achillea millifolium) tucked in with more hydrangea. Experimenting with contrasting live green material, I used the fern-like leaves of cecily (Myrrhis odorata) and a small sprig of goldenrod (Solidago sp.). The hand-carved wooden cat was given to me many years ago by my son.IMG_7483

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden,  who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes.

Her suggested theme this week is Simplicity or Abundance. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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59 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Simplicity

  1. The design of the first one is wonderful! I like the second as well. It is great fun to bring in seedheads and dried leaves.

  2. Laurie Graves says:

    More inspiration! I’ll soon be bringing in seedheads and pods. I wonder how zinnias would do in a pot. Do they need full sun?

  3. Both lovely, Eliza, but that first vase is absolutely wonderful. 🙂

  4. Fabulous sunflower vase…quite lovely and the flowers you chose are perfect for it…I love its shape. The seedpods are perfect for fall.

  5. Gillian says:

    Fabulous as always Eliza!

  6. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Simple but very effective:)

  7. Kris P says:

    I can’t imagine a more perfect pairing of vase and flowers than your first arrangement, Eliza!

  8. Robin says:

    They are both beautiful, as always. 🙂

  9. Cathy says:

    Ooh, what lovely colours! I do like those Zinnia shades and your vase is gorgeous – yes, I see the resemblance to my sunflower vase (thanks for the mention again 😉 ) The second vase is a work of art Eliza – it makes you stop and look more closely and appreciate what is in it and the thought that went in to it too.

  10. ladygrace33 says:

    Beautiful vase as always 🙂

  11. maureenc says:

    Your first arrangement is absolutely stunning! That second one reminds me of a Japanese influence: a mountaintop. I love the clear cube

  12. Hannah says:

    The slotted vase is so lovely, Eliza, I can appreciate all the technique that went into the design, since I have done pottery. It looks great with your zinnias, and I like the Hydrangeas and grasses for the fillers and proppers. The small glass vase is the spirit of Autumn, with the spent seed heads and browns, greens, and yellow of the goldenrods.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you very much for your kind comments, Hannah. The artisans at Artesa, S.A. do a great job with their ceramics. My spouse was a US rep for them many years ago and we have several beautiful pieces that are really works of art.

  13. arlingwoman says:

    I’m learning something new each Monday! And that glazed vase is an attention grabber. The beautiful clear one also demands lovely stems…

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Lisa. That clear vase is challenging to get right. I need to try it a few more times to figure out how to show it in the best light.

      • arlingwoman says:

        Ah, photographing the flowers is another thing entirely, something I have not mastered. The clear vase arrangement was lovely, but that second element on view adds something else to the calculations.

  14. Debra says:

    Wow. wow. wow. These are amazing. You truly have a gift.

  15. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful autumn colours!

  16. I really like the dried flowers – it gives it a very fall feeling for me.

  17. Rebecca says:

    Gorgeous flowers, gorgeous vases 🙂

  18. How bright and beautiful. What a good idea to use the hydrangea to hold things in place. It looks like a lacey collar.

  19. Maria F. says:

    The colors blend so nicely and are so harmonious. I’ve not experienced the autumn season fully. When I was younger I went to NJ and it was gorgeous, but I was not into flowers then. I know New England is is one of the nicest, and most colourful areas!

  20. Kathy Sturr says:

    My, not only do you have a beautiful collection of flora and fauna, but quite a stunning collection of portals! Love!

  21. Ann @ Ann Edwards Photography says:

    so lovely Eliza! I adore the glass vase – what a lovely gift. I am looking forward to adding more foliage and seed heads to my vases as the season progresses …

  22. Beautiful arrangements Eliza! You are giving me inspiration to bring some Colorado woodland clippings into my new house.

  23. Beautiful colors & vase! Your extensive knowledge on colors and arrangements and things is amazing!! Your crystal block vase is gorgeous and that is sweet of your friend to send you a surprise! I think I said this before but that is a great idea that this lady, Cathy, has to come up with different concepts and showcase all of your arrangements each week! 😀 It brings more beauty and joy into the world! ❤ And I'm a Fall fanatic and love this Fall theme!!

  24. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Oh, so so pretty, Eliza!

  25. wspines says:

    The vase is stunning and the flower arrangement is perfect. I wonder what the yellow flowers are? I have similar flowers in my yard.

  26. srickman2014 says:

    Your arrangements are simply amazing! I am always inspired by your use of materials that I would never even think of putting in an arrangement. What a creative mind you have:)

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