In A Vase on Monday – No Flowers

This week, we celebrate the anniversary of In a Vase on Monday, a meme that has delighted us over many years. Cathy’s request this week is for arrangements made without flowers, perfect for my post-frost and post-snowy November garden.

Twigs of Fothergilla are joined by seed heads of Miscanthus, Pennisetum and Monarda. Beautyberry (Callicarpa) berries add bright purple, along with burgundy foliage of Oakleaf Hydrangea (H. quercifolia), evergreen Barrenwort (Epimedium) and multi-colored Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides).

In A Vase on Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see arrangements made by other gardeners around the world.

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85 Responses to In A Vase on Monday – No Flowers

  1. No flowers but spectacular all the same 🙂

  2. Amazing how you managed to create this autumn beauty with no flowers. Gorgeous, Eliza!

  3. Alice says:

    You are very talented arranging all the textures and colors!

  4. Andrea wrote, “spectacular” and I so agree!

  5. Oh, I like that! So very evocative of fall.

  6. Treah Pichette says:

    There is extraordinary beauty in the fall foliage, grasses & remains of summer flowers. Plus they have the added benefit of often lasting in the vase much longer than fresh blooms would. And the subtle colors are wonderful!

  7. Meg says:

    Very creative and lovely arrangement – wonderful pictures!

  8. maryjane678 says:

    Ah, I wondered if you would keep going with no flowers in the garden. I love this arrangement, autumn and winter brings a whole new dimension. We can’t buy flowers at the supermarket any more now with covid, but you have inspired me to see what I can find in the hedgerows. I’m hopeless at arranging so it won’t be a patch on yours! MaryJane

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, MJ. Gosh, if they pull flowers off our grocery shelves, I’m going to suffer mightily this winter. I hope it doesn’t come to that here.
      But out in nature, there are lots of twigs, berries and dried bits that make nice arrangements. Half the fun is the meditative walking and collecting. Post what you come up with!

  9. ke01341 says:

    No flowers, one of my favorite types of arrangements, vert creative

  10. Kris P says:

    How I envy the Callicarpa berries! The burgundy leaves of the oakleaf hydrangea are fabulous too. I’m not surprised that your garden has vase-suitable fall/winter delights to offer.

  11. Anne says:

    An inspiration to us all, Eliza and a reminder that there is plenty of natural beauty around besides flowers.

  12. Val Boyko says:

    So inventive! Love it 💕

  13. You are so creative, I love it!

  14. It was an interesting assignment. I don’t participate, but I view many of them. It took until the second post to realize what it was an assignment.

  15. Karen Lang says:

    Creative and beautiful 🌸

  16. Robin says:

    Still beautifully arranged, even without the flowers. Maybe more so in the way your creativity expresses the simplicity and colors of the season. 🙂

  17. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful ❤️

  18. Debbie says:

    Eliza, this just proves you don’t have to put flowers in a vase for the arrangement to be strikingly lovely!!

  19. Knockout combo! I wasn’t familiar with burgundy hydrangea or blue beauty berry–very cool.

  20. Cathy says:

    The Hydrangea leaf really had me foxed at first! Love the foliage you have used and the berries add some pretty extra colour. 😃

  21. Mike Powell says:

    Who needs flowers? 🙂 The arrangement is beautiful, Eliza.

  22. Cathy says:

    Thank you for rising to the challenge of a bloom free vase, Eliza, although in your post-frost and post-snow garden you won’t have had some of the lingering distractions that others have had! When I started the meme, I wondered how I would get through the winter with a weekly vase, but of course it has never proved to be a problem, and your vase has shown just what a range of material might be available. I particularly like the Fothergilla twigs, pulling the rest of the contents toegther

  23. pbmgarden says:

    I always enjoy seeing your arrangements Eliza. I too like the way you’ve used the autumn hydrangea at the base. The vase itself is perfect too. Happy IAVOM anniversary.

  24. sandyjwhite says:

    Every bit as appealing as flowers!

  25. So pretty set off by one of your beautiful vases!

  26. Beautiful, even without flowers! 😊💚

  27. Dried plant arrangements are lovely as well…especially in the hands of an artist. 🙂

  28. Beautiful, and I really like the color theme.

  29. rajkkhoja says:

    Amazing Flower Vase. I like.

  30. Chloris says:

    I love this Eliza, a beautiful arrangement. Is that Hydrangea quercifolia ‘ Burgundy’? Callicarpa is fabulous isn’t it?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Liz. The Hydrangea is at least 15 years old, tag long gone, and probably never was recorded in my notes, alas. I do love the Callicarpa, as it is a standout this time of year. We are at the northern end of its range, so it often dies to the ground in winter, and has to regrow every spring, but it is stalwart!

  31. naturebackin says:

    Very interesting and eye-catching this creative collection for the vase – it comes together most pleasingly and is an unusual celebration of autumn.

  32. Noelle M says:

    That is so well put together Eliza, love the forms and contrast of all the material. Congratulations and Happy Anniversay.

  33. Love how you captured the beauty of November, especially the burgundy hydrangea!🙂

  34. Joanne says:

    No flowers, but definitely stunning. 🙂

  35. So pretty! I love the burgundy colored leaves and the plum colored berries. A beautiful work of art.

  36. Very nice. I particularly love the form of the fothergilla twigs.

  37. Beautiful! It feels like late fall. Probably from your garden? There are also so many interesting dried plants in the forest this time of year.

  38. Irene says:

    Never thought that a vase without flowers could be so pretty. 💙😊

  39. Always happy to see your captures Eliza ! A lot of texture in these

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