Gather ye (etc.)

Part of my plan for the front garden involves not having three rose bushes in an area that receives a maximum of two hours of direct light per day. This is probably a good a week as any to move them. I doubt we’re going to get an Indian summer now, and I need to crack on before temperatures drop below 5 degrees, after which it’s impossible to mix cement. I’ve almost finished clearing the space in the back garden for them, where they’ll be much happier.

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Meanwhile: ‘Gather ye rosebuds while ye may; Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today; Tomorrow will be dug up, wrapped in hessian, and transported 50 yards to the East.’

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The same will soon apply to the sweetpeas, for whom 50 yards to the East means the compost heap. The only reason they’re still up is for seed ripening, although I’m glad I was able to gather some tendrils today.

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In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling at the Garden, who is enjoying an abundance of dahlias. I do recommend visiting her page to see her vase and to follow links to many inspiring vases created by garden bloggers across the world today.

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  1. Gosh, these are such beautiful photos. Your vase captures the fading beauty perfectly. Really lovely.

  2. Lovely colors, colours! Why are you mixing concrete? The roses?

  3. Such a beautiful fall vase with those yellowing leaves….love seeing the fading flowers too….seasonal and lovely!

  4. Yes, the link between roses and concrete sounds a little unlikely somehow!! I managed to get a little bit of bricklaying done today once it stopped raining – and another coat of paint on some fence posts.

    Your vase is definitely redolent of the least vestiges of summer and the imminence of many journeys 50 yards to the east. Thanks for sharing

    • I am moving the roses to the back garden, where they’ll get a bit more light, and moving a lot of other unhappy plants out there too. The cement (not concrete!) is for laying a brick path for a maze. Thank you as ever for hosting us again this week… I am quite looking forward, as I usually do, of clearing out the garden and making lots of lovely compost with the remains of the year, but will miss the flowers a great deal.

      • Ah, so it’s only the sweet peas that are heading for the compost heap now. I too am moving and removing, so listen out to find what’s in the offing! Hope your removals do better for you in the back. Isn’t it funny how bizarrely pleasurable it is adding things to the compost heap, knowing what the end product will be?! πŸ˜‰ My 2017 heap is overflowing now, partly as I have tried to regularly add ‘brown’ material in the form of cardboard for the first time. Nearly time to dismantle and distribute the 2016 heap though… πŸ™‚

      • Ah, I could talk for hours about compost! Nothing more satisfying than giving it a good stir with a long fork and watching all the steam rise out. Then seeing it sink down, and adding more greenery/brownery, and repeat.
        For brownery, I add shredded documents, loo roll tubes and used kitchen roll/ tissue (depending on what it’s been used for, but my threshold is high) as well as shredded woody cuttings. I turned the top of my heap into a new pile last week, am just waiting to sieve and use the stuff that’s ready. It’s almost two years’ worth so I’m looking forward to having a good dig around with it! I also dismantled my leaf-mould heap and got three large buckets of pretty good stuff.

      • We have a love/hate relationship with the shredder and most woody stuff goes in the green recycling bin – wouldn’t have space for any more material anyway as it is almost overflowing and I don’t want to start emptying the 2015/16 yet! But yes, I would be happy to chat about compost too! πŸ˜€

      • Me too – the shredder is not only noisy but lives in a very dark cellar that is undoubtedly full of man-eating spiders. So I don’t get it out very often! But our green bin only gets collected every three weeks now and is usually too full of grass cuttings to fit anything extra in. We’ve got a hideous heap of old dead woody waste in the garden. No doubt lots of things enjoy hibernating in there, but all I can think when I look at it is ‘one day I shall have to tackle that.’

  5. Lovely late season roses, your arrangement is perfect for this time of the year. Looking forward to seeing your maze.

  6. Gorgeous arrangement and photos! And I like the adaptation of the poem! πŸ˜‰

  7. Love those yellow leaves, what are they? Some of them have come out in black spots, in sympathy with the berries (again : what? not elderberries?). Odd that a diseased leaf can look so attractive.

  8. Your vases and photos are an inspiration. Those pea tendrills really make it sing.

  9. I love your floral style, Joanna, romantic and lovely. Beautifully photographed, too.

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