In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Hues

img_5905My orange Blenko vase was just the thing to hold an arrangement featuring all the hues of autumn, starting with orange and yellow calendula (C. officinalis).

img_5909Small wands of wild goldenrod (Solidago sp.), picked from an area that was mowed in August, managed to bloom despite the setback.


Beaded seed heads of lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), gray-green tinged with burgundy, caught my eye and matched the hues of other leaves colored by frosty weather – raspberry (Rubus ‘Heritage’) and the flocked leaves of doublefile viburnum (V. plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’).

img_5904Yellowed lady fern fronds (Athyrium filix-femina) were a must and vertical touches were provided by fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides).

img_5903Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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55 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Hues

  1. jenanita01 says:

    I really look forward to mondays and your lovely flowers, my garden seems very dull by comparison…

  2. You do have a good eye for this challenge. Very pretty fall arrangement. 🙂

  3. Kathy Sturr says:

    Perfect color! It’s Autumn in a vase – another beauty!

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Eye candy! The Blenko vase is perfect with the contents you chose. The ferns look almost ghostly and the contrast with the purple viburnum foliage is stunning.

  5. Cathy says:

    Oh yes indeed, the orange vase is spot-on and really emphasises the autumnal contents of your vase. Thanks for sharing

  6. Kris P says:

    You DO have the most wonderful collection of vases, Eliza! The orange vase couldn’t provide a more perfect echo for the Calendula flowers. The addition of the pale yellow fern fronds was an inspired touch too – it contributes just the right touch of lightness to the arrangement.

  7. Those fern fronds are beautiful – so much better than the brown ones I tend to find!

  8. LINDA says:

    What a terrific mix of color and texture. My lady ferns just flopped over and turned brown. Yours are beautiful.

  9. Laurie Graves says:

    Yes, a great eye. Lovely!

  10. Alice Pratt says:

    Incredibly gorgeous! You must have enjoyed collecting and arranging those flowers!

  11. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous vase and flowers.

  12. I really like this, Eliza. Lovely.

  13. Anca Tîrcă says:

    So much colour!Enjoy your week, Eliza!

  14. Cath says:

    I love the colours! The vase and the leaves, and the ferns, all beautiful. I will come back and study that burgundy/orange combo. My photos are still in the camera, I will get them up tonight.

  15. Cathy says:

    A wonderful autumn collection – those ferns and the purple foliage really make it! I love that combination of purple with orange. Your Marigolds have kept going for so long!

  16. Wow, that is beautiful and I love the Blenko vase. Perfect with the colors. I have a purple Blenko – we should swap!

  17. Yellowed ferns are a cool touch

  18. pbmgarden says:

    Such an attractive arrangement. You’ve chosen a colorful range of materials.

  19. MK says:

    Those colors are so unusual, they almost don’t look real. Muted and very soft. Quite pretty.

  20. Yet another perfect choice of vessel, which matches the shade of the calendula perfectly, while everything else compliments the two. I just love that fern. It’s amazing the many different shades that ferns come in! I sometimes use fronds of fern in my arrangements but find they sadly wilt very quickly. Do you have any tricks to keep them going?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Joanna. I find only certain ferns will tolerate cutting. This one, sword and Christmas fern will not wilt. All the same, these being already yellowed, didn’t last as long, but even curly and drying, they still are attractive.

  21. Christina says:

    A real tribute to autumn colour Eliza, lovely.

  22. AmyRose🌹 says:

    How I so enjoy your vases of flowers, Eliza. These are so bright! Gorgeous job with the arrangement. ❤

  23. ventisqueras says:

    composizione originale e armoniosa grazie

  24. So lovely. Happy to see that the weather hasn’t put an end to this feature yet!

  25. What a lovely colour combination. Another I shall have to copy! Spread like a peacock’s tail they look very impressive.

  26. That’s beautiful 🙂

  27. Heather says:

    I always love your vases 🙂 Do you add anything to your water, or is it straight from the tap? I brought some sumac in the other day, and it wilted faster than I expected.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Heather. I use straight from the tap, lukewarm tepid. Anything with woody stems (lilacs, viburnum, etc.) would benefit from splaying the ends to aid uptake of water.

  28. bittster says:

    What a beautiful combination, and the vase really is perfect for the mix of colors! What a great capture of the last bits of autumn as they fade into winter.

  29. tbymallano says:

    So beautiful!
    Have a nice Wednesday darling!
    Love from

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