Slightly Foxed

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Being spoilt by your parents in your childhood home is enough of a treat, but being handed a choice of a hundred vases, a pair of scissors, and carte blanche in your mother’s cutting garden is priceless. I raided the roses, Japanese anemones and asters and did some general plonking in this delicious silver railway soup tureen, a favourite of both of ours. The other title I could have chosen for this post was ‘Summer fades to Autumn’, embracing the fashion for assymetrical arrangements, with the last of summer’s roses fading to the best of autumn’s asters.

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The roses and Japanese anemones are speckled and foxed, but not as foxed as the looking glass above the fireplace, a most kind and flattering object to those of us who are becoming slightly foxed ourselves.

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After lunch I went out to meet an old friend for coffee, and on my return found that my mother had also done a vase using this little jug which I’d brought home with me as a belated birthday gift to her. I couldn’t help but share her talents with you all, so here it is. By now it was very late afternoon and chucking it down outside, so forgive the tell-tale reflections of cheaty indoor light source.

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In a Vase on Monday is hosted by the splendid Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Do visit her page, where you will find hers and links to many others’ wonderful vases, each of them unique and most if not all flowers picked from people’s own gardens.

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  1. Both vases are lovely! The soft colors are wonderful and I’m envious of the Japanese anemones, which have apparently decided they don’t want to grow in my area of southern California anymore.

  2. Wow, no faffing here! Hope I used the word correctly. Beautiful nearly theatrical arrangements. Lovely Roses and I especially like the soup tureen.

  3. Lovely roses! That peachy yellow is gorgeous, and looks so pretty with the asters and anemones.

  4. Beautiful and elegant. I can see talent for flowers runs in the family!

  5. Oh yes, I love the look of your battered tureen (it is battered , isn’t it, or is it a pattern?!) in front of the ‘foxed’ mirror and your description of yourself becoming slightly foxed too! Those yellow roses are a real delight and you were clearly in your element – thanks for sharing it, and allowing your Mum to join in too. Are they white alstroemeria in hers?

    • Thanks Cathy… yes, I am sure it is ‘rumpled’ silver rather than a beaten pattern, a tureen that has had at least half a century’s use before being thrown into a box with a hundred other metallic objects and hidden in a warehouse for another half century before ending up in the antique shop, is my guess! Mum was a bit sheepish about having actually bought those alstromerias… she does actually have alstromerias growing in the cutting patch so I wasn’t going to mention it! Don’t ask me why she bought more of them…

      • Yes, rumpled sounds better than battered! The alstroemeria are a less common colour than many of the usual varieties so I can see why your Mum might have been tempted – Aldi have them at ridiculously cheap prices but I am very good now and certainly haven’t bought any flowers for myself since IAVOM started and invariably make a posy for gifts too

  6. You would not believe how quickly Joanna filled the tureen with that gorgeous arrangement, and you do not see the pretty posy of sweet peas and echinacea which she did on the side at the same time. Yes, the tureen is battered not patterned; the lovely patina resulting from being carried up and down a dining car day in, day out. I bought it from British Rail who had a shop selling railway relics near Euston Station : in among the number plates and arcane bits of signalling equipment they had some lovely dining car plate.
    The yellow roses are Molyneux and The Pilgrim (both D Austin), the pink one is Cécile Brunner. The kaffir lily is Wilfred H Bryant. The japanese anemones were in the garden when we moved here in 1987 (as was Cécile). The alstromeria in my jug is not white, I regret to say that it is a peachy yellow from Waitrose. The rest is from the garden though and I do have my own yellow alstro coming along but it is in its first year and I haven’t pulled any yet.

    • Ah ha, all questions answered! Thanks Mum. Do you think the JA might be something like ‘Honorine Jobert’?

      • Very likely it is Honorine Jobert. It must be about 60 years old and lives at the foot of a southwest facing wall, in the lee of a large philadelphus. However the RHS say it is tolerant of all aspects and soils so long as it is not too waterlogged in winter (surely not a problem in S California?) but does not like to be moved about. In my experience its only natural predator is the helpful person who mistakes its spring growth for a sycamore seedling. I do hope Kris P’s anemones will recover.

  7. Beautiful vases, both of them, with some of my favourite pastel colours!

  8. The perfect thing to share with you mum, I did the same with my MIL. Both cases are enchanting.

  9. Exquisite arrangement. What a joy it must be to have such a cutting garden at one’s disposal. Hope you’ve had a lovely visit together with your mother, who has her own competent flower arranging talent.

  10. Your vases are lovely but I particularly enjoyed your “foxed” reference.

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