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.
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.
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.
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.