In a Vase on Monday


It’s a race against time to use the things that still look good in the garden before the weather closes in. For this, I started with a branch of plump beauty berries (seems like they would have tempted the birds by now, but who am I to complain).


A branch of Coleus plays backup, while one of Nicotiana langsdorfii introduces a little hit of acid green. The pot is an early Frank Boyden, a famous potter/sculptor in local circles. I should have taken a photo of it empty, to show the detail of the opening (I always think of these things too late).


Some of the annuals have succumbed to the intermittent downpours we’ve been experiencing, while others keep chugging along on borrowed time. Soon we will need to be more creative in our search for things to put in a vase, but, inspired by Cathy (Rambling in the Garden), we will soldier on to meet the challenge year-round.

22 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday

  1. This is amazing! Well done. Really nice container you’ve selected today.
    The birds haven’t been interested yet in my beautyberries either but eventually I suspect they’ll disappear.

  2. Fabulous! You continue to rise to the occasion with truly creative and inspiring arrangements, Ricki! This time of year always reminds me that I MUST make a place for Beautyberry in my garden. The vase is perfect for this combination!

  3. Lovely! The whole arrangement, from the flowers, fruits, and foliage, to the wall and backdrop, is wonderful. It’s elegant and earthy. I love the design and colors of the pottery, too.

  4. Oh the colors! I’ve always shied away from beauty berry because the color of the berries seems so demanding of drama queen status, as though they wouldn’t play nice with others. You’ve shown that’s not the case.

    • I could have sworn that drama queens held an attraction for you. I surrounded my Callicarpa with flaming foliage quite by (happy) accident. It’s my favorite little slice of the garden right now.

  5. This is among my favorite arrangements you’ve done! Sheer perfection in the color echoes of vase, and it’s contents, props, table runner. The plant part of arrangement stands out as the most saturated representation of the purples, it’s inclusion of the acid yellow, and it’s triangular shape. The roundness of the pot contrasts nicely with the angles of the writer’s block and candlesticks. Seriously love this especially because I would never have thought of combining those two purples and yet they work like a charm!

  6. Lovely pot – does it have a fish shaped opening, or fishes’ moth shaped even…hope so….? And your name for callicarpa is ‘beauty berry – how apt. They are so surreal, and the first time I came across them I was amazed how tiny they were having seen only pictures up to them. I love this colour anyway, so it’s definitely a win-win plant! The plain dark coleus and green nicotiana support them perfectly here in the gorgeous vase – thanks for sharing

  7. This absolute perfection….the vessel is fabulous…and the rust coleus leaves took m breath away against the vessel. The addition of the purple berries was a fabulous contrast and again worked perfectly with the colors in the vase…just a hint of green made it all come together and shine! A work of art!

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