In A Vase On Monday – Along the Trail

I gathered the makings of this arrangement while walking along our trail by the river. As you can see in the background, most of the foliage has fallen from the trees and the garden is heading towards dormancy. Though the stalwart lamb’s ears and blood grass are still going strong.

Invasive Asian bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) and European privet (Ligustrum vulgare) berries abound and continue to be spread in bird droppings, so I may as well enjoy their beauty before they get tossed for incineration. Red oak (Quercus rubra), Crocosmia foliage and Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) fronds were added to the mix placed in my Art Deco style tripod glass vase.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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92 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Along the Trail

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  2. tonytomeo says:

    How cool! No flowers! That red oak is pretty sharp. It is not native here, but is a great street tree with complaisant roots.

  3. Christina says:

    Beauty is all around when we have eyes to see it; you certainly have those eyes, Eliza. The changing seasons are an inspiration to gardeners even if your garden is heading to dormancy as mine does in summer, there is always something to be treasured.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Christina. Yes, it is good to train the eye to see beauty no matter the season– it feeds the soul (particularly in the depths of winter, or in your case, summer).

  4. Chloris says:

    Lovely Eliza. Who needs flowers with all this vibrant colour?

  5. Anne says:

    A very attractive arrangement.

  6. Lovely as ever. I was only telling Jackie about your splendid arrangements about an hour before I came to this 🙂

  7. Gorgeous, a real celebration of a vase.

  8. pastpeter says:

    You have a great eye, Eliza!

  9. Alice Pratt says:

    Splendid Autumn colors! I love the word ‘quercus,’

  10. Rita Pichette says:

    This is as good as flowers!

  11. I love that you gathered this on your walk. Beautiful 🙂

  12. Kathy Sturr says:

    Bravo!!! Sometimes I miss staying up North for the holidays (meaning harvest season for me) just for the fabulous botanical arrangements that I always enjoyed putting together. You, of course, outdo us all!

  13. Great bouquet and wonderful vase. I especially like the way it echoes the landscape. Always such a shame realizing how beautiful some of those invasive plants can be. The berries are terrific and you are correct that you might as well pick a few. Just that many less for birds to eat and spread.

  14. Cathy says:

    What beautiful berries, and how well they coordinate with autumn foliage – Nature is such a talented artist!

  15. Annette says:

    It’s lovely to see your talent at work, Eliza. I find your vases most enjoyable and this one says autumn all over. Fab!

  16. Another beautiful arrangement. I’m not looking forward to the day when there isn’t anything for the vase!

  17. Kris P says:

    Nature provided the material but you had the vision to put them together, Eliza. I echo some of the other comments: who needs flowers?! I love the blue berries. I just planted 3 new Dianella in the hope that, when the plants mature, I’ll get some purple/blue berries of my own.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. The privet’s blue berries really stand out against their yellow fall foliage. I have to admit that most of the ‘invasive’ plants are pretty. I can understand how they came to be planted in the first place. Yet no one envisioned their proliferation.

  18. Noelle says:

    Such lovely colours in the berries and leaves as if hovering against the background of your garden on account of that lovely vase. I love this arrangement.

  19. Cathy says:

    Wonderful! Such rich colours and such a lovely setting. In your first photo the vase appears to be part of the garden. 🙂

  20. Jewels says:

    Once again… Magnifique! ❤

  21. Robin says:

    I love the autumn wildness of this arrangement. Beautiful! ❤

  22. Anca Tirca says:

    A whole autumn in one vase!

  23. AlisonC says:

    Another exploding arrangement. The colours and shapes are perfect for showing off the season. What fabulous black berries.

  24. Christy B says:

    If you were to look up autumn in a dictionary, it could show a picture of this arrangement! 🙂

  25. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Another stunning arrangment, and so much colour despite it being November!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you! The smaller trees and shrubs are really coming into their color now, a month after the flashier big trees. It’s been a nice long season this year.

  26. My goodness Eliza it is like happening upon an autumn scene in a vase…..I love the addition of the berries!

  27. Eliza, just wonderful and so seasonal. Love it. The Ligustrum berries are a little bit of magic.

  28. debsgarden says:

    What a gorgeous arrangement to celebrate fall! The colors are wonderful.

  29. arlingwoman says:

    That is a nice lesson in creating beauty from what’s available. Privet, by the way, smells fabulous while it’s burning, like some sort of sweet perfume.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Lisa. I’ll have to try burning it – it is spreading over a portion of our property, but not nearly as quickly as bittersweet. I wish it didn’t bother me so much, but it does!

  30. ladyfi says:

    Lovely fall arrangements!

  31. Wonderful. The oriental bittersweet is not something that I’ve seen before, but is even nicer than euphorbia europaeous in seed.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Allison. Let’s hope you don’t see bittersweet. It is a nightmare vine that pulls down trees, spread far and wide by birds. Lovely poison is what it is!

  32. rickii says:

    Your creativity knows no down season. This is spectacular…and I love that vase!

  33. Karen says:

    That art deco vase really suits your beautiful arrangement Eliza, wishing you a great day.

  34. Cathy says:

    It is just perfect Eliza – and to see privet berries celebrated like that is a real pleasure. I’m struck by how you are going with the seasons and celebrating autumn, while I’m still mourning summer! Happy walking this week – hope you have some sunny days!

  35. Brian Skeys says:

    Your arrangement Eliza shows just how beautiful autumn can be, the purple berries with the red leaves very sumptuous.The Art Deco vase is the icing on the cake, so to speak.

  36. Rebecca says:

    I love the faded, leafless, end-of-autumn backdrop and the way it contrasts with the beautiful, bright, very full colours of the flowers in your bouquet. What a gorgeous combination, Eliza 🙂 xo

  37. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Beautiful arrangement, Eliza!!! You are just so creative!! Just LOVE what you put into that vase of yours. Awesome! Our Fall here has been amazing! The change in colors has been very slow and now with so many trees bare, the Oaks are blazing with their final Glory. It’s amazing! I’ve never witnessed a Fall as I have this year. The colors have intoxicated me! And even the bare limbs mesmerize me with their arches and their shapes and the lacy designs they make. I’ve been obsessed with Mother this year …. And I cannot stop taking pictures. LOL It just feels so good and healing for me at this time of my life. Mother has been so generous to me and is rapidly healing my Heart. I couldn’t ask for more! 💞🍁💞

  38. Gorgeous, it looks as though the arrangement sprung out of and is part of the environment, which I suppose it is 🙂

  39. Your arrangements always brighten my day. This is beautiful!!!

  40. MK says:

    What a beautiful arrangement. Never a repeat. Except with vases, and I also really like seeing this one again.

  41. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Natural beauty of the season.

  42. Judie Sigdel says:

    What a glorious arrangement against a stunning autumnal backdrop! ❤

  43. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Stunning arrangement celebrating the bounty of the season!

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