In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Poppies

Dried poppy seed pods make a simple arrangement along with a mini-pumpkin brushed in gold as a prop. Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the US, with pumpkin pie an essential part of the feast. Best wishes and gratitude to all who will be celebrating.

The vase, actually half a vase, was a thrift store find. Dating from post-war Japan, I was charmed by its delicate hand-painted chrysanthemums with gilt edging and the unusual design that allows it to stand on its own or be hung on a wall.

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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108 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Poppies

  1. tonytomeo says:

    I don’t know why, but those things are kinda creepy. They remind me of an old Madonna video.

  2. They definitely evoke a visual response – like some of those branching anemones swaying in the undercurrent (maybe I’m still fresh from another recent sea-themed post).

  3. debsgarden says:

    Beautiful vignette with the poppy seed pods! I love the idea of brushing the pumpkin with gold. Happy thanksgiving!

  4. March Picker says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Eliza! Yay for poppy pods!

  5. Jim R says:

    I really like that vase. I see what attracted you to it. We have a few special vases and pitchers around the house with unique qualities.

    Your poppy ‘flowers’ won’t be wilting any time soon. 🙂

  6. Honestly, your blog is getting to be one of my “peaceful places” – just such a pleasure when I find the time to read blogs. Lovely.

  7. Peter/Outlaw says:

    I love poppy seed heads and yours look fantastic in the sweet vase! Love the burnished pumpkin. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. What an unusual vase! I’ve never seen a half vase like that before. Is it supposed to rest flush against a wall to save space?

  9. Oh, never mind, I see in your last sentence that’s its meant to be hung on a wall if one chooses!

  10. jenanita01 says:

    That vase was a lovely surprise!

  11. Alice Pratt says:

    What color were your poppies, Eliza? Poppies go through intriguing stages, while growing…..and from such a teeny seed! Quite a find, to acquire a 1/2 vase.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alice. These were red poppies, similar to the ones I posted on 11/11/17. I am amazed at how fast they grow, to go from a speck to 2 ft. and blooming in 6 wks.

  12. Cathy says:

    I love the idea of the half-vase too – poppy seed heads are so elegant and I like the way the pumpkin reflects the shape of them

  13. pbmgarden says:

    What a great find that vase is. I’ve never seen one like it. Love the poppy seed heads.

  14. What a stunning and unusual autumnal arrangement!

  15. That is a great vase. Unless you look at it from the side one would never guess it is only half there! The seed heads work well as I expect you can’t fill it too full since it is narrow.

  16. Laurie Graves says:

    Half a vase! Perfect for those poppy pods.

  17. Eliza,
    The image is so perfect, it remained me of a painting.

  18. What a unique container you chose….so delicate and it works perfectly with the poppy seedheads. Mine are long gone as are most seedheads. A beautiful autumnal arrangement.

  19. Kathy Sturr says:

    Oh, I love poppy seed heads! I even painted some: The brushed gold pumpkin is very creative! LOVE it!

  20. Noelle says:

    Isn’t it lovely to think that you have found a vase as lovely as this one, which had been much loved before. Nice seeds and pumpkin. I love to think that our cherished vases will be enjoyed in years to come. Happy thanksgiving.

  21. Christina says:

    Clever vase and a great choice of filler for this time of year.

  22. Looks like fall – and I love the half vase. I never would have guessed without being told (or shown) it!

  23. Kris P says:

    The poppy seedpods are so sculptural, making poppies all the more wonderful to grow (and once again having me wishing I had more luck with oriental poppies). The vase is unique and wonderful too!

  24. Kina says:

    You are so clever! I have never seen a half vase.

  25. AlisonC says:

    Poppy heads are always winners, they have so much lovely detail.

  26. Cathy says:

    Poppy seed heads are so effective and look lovely in your fascinating vase… I should love something like that to hang by the front door!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. I’m surprised we don’t see more of this kind of design. I think it would be popular, don’t you?

      • Cathy says:

        Oh definitely. I will have to keep my eyes open as I don’t think I have ever seen one here. I shall be visiting a Christmas market or two soon and they sometimes have pottery stands from local potters… must ask around! 🙂 Have a lovely Thanksgiving Eliza.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Thank you, Cathy. Lucky you are close to the Christmas markets, they are world famous!

      • Cathy says:

        Every little town has a market Eliza… even ours, with just a few thousand inhabitants, has two or three weekends where the Christmas market is open. 🙂 I’ll go to a slightly larger one this year too though. 🙂

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I hope you do a post about your trip! 🙂

  27. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    How did Thanksgiving come around so fast again? I love the vase. I love poppy seed heads too.

  28. Rebecca says:

    That’s the most gorgeous vase, Eliza. Lovely photos 🙂

  29. Anca Tirca says:

    When less is more, isn t it?

  30. MK says:

    I LOVE those poppy seed pods! What an excellent arrangement.
    I’ve seen Japanese wall pockets, but none like yours. I like that too!

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

    Really nice, Eliza. I love the dried poppy seed pods.

  32. A beautiful arrangement. and Happy Thanksgiving

  33. ladyfi says:

    Lovely arrangement and fabulous jug!

  34. Chloris says:

    That is such an unusual vase, very pretty. It looks wonderful with such a simple arrangement. I wish I’d saved my poppy heads now.

  35. Love Poppy heads! A friend sent me seed, they never even came up! That vase is cool, just baked pumpkin for pie. Happy Thanksgiving.

  36. FlowerAlley says:

    What a clever 1/2 vase. Happy Holidays.

  37. Joanna says:

    I love poppy seedheads! And the vase is pretty too! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  38. Hagar says:

    The hand painted chrysanthemums are so beautiful!

  39. Brian Skeys says:

    I do like your arrangement, it shows how lovely seedheads can be.

  40. NorCal Zen says:

    It is all very beautiful. I love thrift store finds. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  41. Anna says:

    What a fabulous and unusual vase Eliza. I left all my poppy seed heads to scatter seed for next year but must remember to cut some stems in the future. They look most effective dried. I hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations.

  42. I love dried poppy seed-heads! You really created a stunning visual sculpture with your arrangements. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of pumpkin pie. Blessings!

  43. Jet Eliot says:

    I find this a very charming arrangement, Eliza, from the elegant vase to the lovely, simple lines of the flower pods. Your mastery and eye for garden beauty is always a pleasure.

  44. naturebackin says:

    This is great Eliza, and what an interesting vase too. Best (retrospective) wishes for Thanksgiving.

  45. Maria says:

    Exquisitely beautiful and so is the vase.

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