In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Leaves

IMG_7665For this week’s vase, I’ve used flat umbels of sedum (S. ‘Autumn Joy’), which have IMG_7666deepened to a rich burgundy with the cooler weather. The vibrant leaves of red maple (Acer rubrum) and the gray-green of sage (Salvia officinalis) provide compliment and contrast.

IMG_7672Maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis) flowers have a reddish tinge that goes well with the sedum and I love the drama they add to the arrangement.

I tucked in a few stems of unopened Asian bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) as accent. The hard golden shells will crack open in a few days to reveal the orange berry inside. As this is an invasive species, when this arrangement fades, these will go in the trash and not in the compost. Asian bittersweet vine smothers all plants in its path and I try to remove as much of it as I can on my property, but it is a Sisyphean task.

IMG_7667IMG_7673The black, Ming-style glass vase creates a solid anchor.

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. 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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65 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Leaves

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Lovely – love those blotchy maple leaves in particular:)

  2. Julie says:

    Really lovely Eliza, I love foliage vases, the Acer leaves look really autumnal. My sedums are yet to turn that lovely burgundy and are still a little pale, I much prefer the darker shades.

  3. Sue Vincent says:

    I love the colours!

  4. Val Boyko says:


  5. Beautiful Eliza! That just perfectly captures the spirit of autumn. – Blessings, Sarah

  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Inspiring, as always!

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

    Ah the fall colors! You get such brilliant ones up there. We get beautiful yellow and golds, but not the shades of red or the variety as up there. Lovely arrangement.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks so much, Mary. We took a drive yesterday in a loop up into southern VT. It was just starting here and in one valley in VT the red maples had already shed. Next week is peak here – wahoo!

  8. Kathy Sturr says:

    This is ART! Love that invasive bittersweet but I could do without. American bittersweet is beautiful, too. A local nursery had bittersweet plants for sale but the owner couldn’t tell me for certain if it was American or Asian so I walked away – how irresponsible of that nursery, too!

  9. Jewels says:

    Ah so autumny, I love it! ❤

  10. albert says:

    I am learning new words to use when I want to talk about nature’s everyone and surprising beauty (e. g., autumn joy, maiden grass, bittersweet). Better, however, I am learning to see. Thank you for another lesson!

  11. homeslip says:

    Oh I love the combination of miscanthus, sedum and maple leaves in that gorgeous green glass vase Eliza. An inspirational arrangement, thank you for sharing.

  12. Anca Tîrcă says:

    That is what I would call autumn in a single vase!Great!

  13. Cathy says:

    The shape of this arrangement is perfect, Eliza and a great blend of contents. I was admiring the berries until you told us how invasive they were! Not something we have to contend with in the UK but at least they served a useful purpose in your vase. Thanks for sharing.

  14. pbmgarden says:

    Wow Eliza! That is gorgeous.

  15. Robin says:

    I need a Love button. ❤ I've run out of ways to say how beautiful your arrangements are. You truly are an artist. 🙂

  16. Maria F. says:

    What beautiful colors, one of my favourite ones!

  17. I would have never thought of using leaves that were just starting to change – I think I would have felt that I needed to wait until they were completely red or orange. But I love it! I love peeling paint and rusty blotchy stuff, so I’m glad you chose those mottled leaves, and gave me a new idea!

  18. Oh my the black vase is perfect for these fall colors. I was just looking at my sage recently as a possible for a vase.

  19. arlingwoman says:

    Oh, my, you have exceeded yourself! What a lovely bouquet and not a blossom in sight.

  20. Kris P says:

    The autumnal colors look wonderful against the glossy black vase, Eliza!

  21. Cathy says:

    I love the colour of the maple leaves – I bet it’s starting to look very pretty in your neighbourhood! We don’t have many maples that turn red in our woodlands, but some lovely shades of yellow and gold. Miscanthus are a perfect accompaniment to your sedums here, and your dark vase goes well as a solid base.

  22. Cath says:

    Wow, that’s a stunning combination and vase, and such a lovely photo!

  23. Hannah says:

    The contrast of the black, red, and yellow with the blue-green sage leaves is so dramatic, along with the sweeping red maple leaves and grasses. Such a dream of a fall arrangement, Eliza!

  24. a vase of Autumn joy! I love the colour of the red maple leaves – they remind me of a long-ago holiday in Boston in the fall.

  25. srickman2014 says:

    Another amazing arrangement Eliza! As read about and examined the details of the arrangement I realized that I have access to all of the plants included in the vase. It would never have occured to me to put them together! Your eye for putting arrangements together is wonderful. This afternoon I am going to try to gather the items in your vase to see if I can recreate your arrangement. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  26. I missed this on Monday – so glad I dropped by today and saw it, as this is one of my favorite vases that you have done!

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