Autumn’s Last Hurrah


We’re due frosts this week. Not that they ever really hit my sheltered little corner of back green … but, ‘gather ye rosebuds while ye may’, says the poem.


So I gathered the rosebuds, and also the dahlias, the salvia, and the sweetpeas. Yes, the sweetpeas, which are still merrily producing long-stemmed blooms.


It was all starting to look a bit too summery for this time of year, so some yellowing-leaved tree branches and cotoneaster berries helped to make it seasonal.


Soon it will be time to cut down the dahlias and mulch well for winter. The roses are being pruned tomorrow. Who knows when the sweetpeas will stop producing and make their way to the compost heap?

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and today is her third anniversary of creating this wonderful challenge. Do have a look at her page and see what autumnal blooms and branches have made it into hers and other people’s vases on this bright, cold day.



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  1. I see what you mean by a potentially summery vase – the roses are gorgeous and I am still amazed at those sweet peas. Hope you can keep gathering them for a little longer yet! The owner of our Edinburgh rental flat was very pleased to take ownership of last week’s vase and was pleased to know the varieties involved particularly as she didn’t recognise the salvia. Thanks for sharing today and for your continued support

  2. These flowers make a beautiful mash-up, Joanna. Sweetpeas in November – remarkable!

    • Thank you Kris! It is a bit of a mash-up… I should probably have made two vases and separated the flowers into coordinating colours, but the light was fading too fast and I had to hurry, so the result is this harlequin collection! The sweetpeas are just mad to be still going strong.

  3. Beautiful roses, the fall leaves are just the right touch.

  4. Adore this, summer flowers with autumn leaves, what could be more perfect.

  5. Amazing selection for November and so beautiful

  6. Your arrangements have such lush beauty, Joanna, lovely roses and dahlias, and I’m a bit envious that you have sweet peas, too. Mine disappeared so long ago. I hope the frosts spare you!

  7. Fall’s last hurrah is certainly a stylish one. Many lovely blooms and the leaves add the right touch. Have a good week.

  8. I like the title and your vase is so pretty too with the pastels and delicate flowers. Lovely dahlias. Hope the frost will spare you. Still enjoying my tropical plants and hope the same for me πŸ˜‰

  9. A lovely vase with surprising blooms for November. What is the pink/apricot rose, Joanna? It’s very pretty.

    • Thank you Sam. I have a feeling that is a very odd-coloured ‘A Shropshire Lad’. It is not normally apricot, but a delicate pink. The tones of my three pink roses are very fluid and they fluctuate enormously throughout the year. For a long time I thought ASL, and my apricot rose, The Lady Gardener, had the wrong labels on them.

  10. Gorgeous roses Joanna! Yes, I almost thought I had the wrong post…. from late August perhaps?! You have some wonderful flowers for November!

  11. Your roses seem to be doing really well this late in the season. Great idea to tone the vigour down with some autumn leaves!

  12. Hip hip hurrah for autumn Joanna! What a fabulous seasonal vase. We are still waiting for our first frost too. I was also wondering about the identity of that rose and now you’ve added another dimension to my search for an apricot rose by mentioning ‘ The Lady Gardener’ πŸ™‚ Is she highly scented?

  13. This arrangement is beautiful! I did the very same thing a month ago before the frost came.

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