Monday, 2 November 2015

In A Vase On Monday ~ Preloved


Leaping into this week's 'In A Vase On Monday' and supplying the post title are the the three 'John Riley' chrysanthemums from last week's vase. Will they still be going strong next Monday? They have been joined by a couple of stalwarts which have featured in previous vases, namely mathiasella bupleuroides 'Green Dream' and dianthus barbatus 'Green Trick'. Both of these plants are now at the tail end of flower production days for this year and the flowers that I picked are perhaps a little past their sell buy date. I was reluctant to pick the mathiasella until I saw signs of new emerging flowers on the plant. I have just checked and it featured in a vase on 8th June this year. This plant has been in flower on and off since May so certainly works hard for a living. It took a good two or three years to establish but has flourished since. Moreover it seems untroubled by pests/disease - sssshhhhhh - dare I say that out aloud? My only complaint is that I always have to check its spelling and the fact that it's a mouthful to get my tongue round. The dianthus occupies space at the allotment and featured in vases in July and August. Although this week's vase is perhaps my favourite of the three, looking at and comparing the respective vases has made me realise what a versatile character 'Green Trick' is. I intended to take cuttings but smack wrists haven't done so. They are described as short lived perennials so I really hope that the plants come through the winter.



The red twiggy bits are from an overgrown cornus (variety unknown) which is in need of a good prune. The foliage is from one of my favourite plants - brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'. I'm not sure how long the leaves will last in water so will be observing closely.



I've no idea where the vase came from or how long I've had it. There's not even a single clue on its base to suggest its origins. It's a most useful vessel though. 

Thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for being such a gracious hostess every Monday.

16 comments:

  1. Chrysanthemums last for ages, I've still got half a dozen gorgeous yellow blooms in a vase, they've been there for well over a week and they still look as good as when they were first picked. The cornus looks great in your arrangement, the colour is picked out so well being arranged with the chrysanths.

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  2. Beautiful. I love the green and red and the mixture of interesting textures.

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  3. Perfection...those mums are stunning with the red twigs and green flowers....one of my favorite arrangements Anna!

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  4. A great combination Anna, the reds really stand out against the vivid greens. It confirms what, I think it was Christopher `Lloyd who said that you can plant what ever colour combination you wish so long as there is some green between them.

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  5. The whole arrangement look fresh and bright and the white vase complements the arrangement very well. Love the combination of the reds and greens, and then the red twigs coming up like red fireworks.

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  6. The cornus twigs are a great accompaniment and coincidentally I was inspecting mine today for future use. I love that mathiasella - how is it propagated, I wonder.... ;) - and it is such a lovely soft green which sets off John Riley delightfully.

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  7. I love how the Cornus twigs pick up the color of the color of the mums, Anna. The bright green accents are also wonderful. The Mathiasella is new to me - I have to see if I can hunt down a source for it here, although I'm guessing it may not be adapted to my southern California's climate.

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  8. On lovely Anna, I love the Green Trick and why have I never seen Mathesella before I can' t think. I adore green flowers, this is a must have. The red Cornus sets it off so well.

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  9. So inspiring, thanks for sharing such a beautiful vase, Anna!

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  10. That's a lovely combination of colour and calming greens. I really like the Mathiasella and will have to try growing some. Good idea to add some cornus too.

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  11. I love chrysants such lovely colours of autumn.

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  12. Chrysanths long vase life is why I love them as cut flowers, they're such good value. Nice to see 'Green Trick' in the vase, it's on my list of flowers for next year. Red and green looks perfect for this time of year and I LOVE that Mathiasella! It's a new one to me and even better for being perennial. Love how I can discover new plants through blog reading! Thanks, Anna! Cx

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  13. Chrysanthemums are certainly very long lasting in a vase, something for me to remember when I am assessing whether or not to grow any next year. I love the green ones I used in the vase this week, they would look fabulous with your red!

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  14. The long-lasting mums are so vibrant, and the green flowers really set them off, Anna. The dogwood twigs are really great for texture with the perfect red. They make me think of Valentine's Day.

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  15. I love this colour combination, very vibrant :)

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