In A Vase on Monday: May Remembered

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On this last day of November, we filled our vase with fresh cut roses and the last of our Iris.  This is one of the many reasons we love gardening in coastal Virginia!


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Today proved wet and mild.  It was in the mid-40s when we went out on mid-day errands, and the low white sky promised more slow and steady drizzle.  A damp glaze on everything and muted light made the remaining golden and scarlet leaves on our trees glow radiantly.  What a simply beautiful day.

Those trees still holding their leaves were  like torches set against the bleak November day.  Our roses shone like beacons across the garden.


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It was already dusk when I finally got outside  to cut the roses.  We thought the frost last week had finished our Iris for the season.  But the buds survived, and this lovely I. ‘Rosalie Figge’ opened today as though the frost had never even happened.


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Our Artemisia survived the first few frosty nights as well, glowing with silver light on this dark and rainy day. Our little vase of flowers reminds us of the sheer joy of May; a last gift of the season before we face December in the morning.


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The vase itself came to us through the Habitat for Humanity shop.  I spotted it last summer, and noticing it was made in France, and is quite old; decided to add it to our collection of vases.  I love its cream and gold colors and classic shape.

We’ll enjoy these vibrant apricot roses and deeply purple Iris as we leave autumn behind now, and welcome winter and the holiday season for another year.   Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden, has cut autumn roses from her garden for her vase today, too.  It shows me how small our world really is to see we are both cutting similar roses on the very same day, thousands of miles apart from one another!   I hope you’ll pop over to see her gorgeous apricot rose named, “The Poet’s Wife.”

Cathy faithfully hosts this challenge to post a vase of fresh cut flowers each Monday, and I’m happy to join her coterie of flower gardeners again today.


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Soon we will all be awash in red and green, silver and gold as more and more holiday decorations find their way out of storage.

I hope you had a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend spent relaxing with loved ones.  As the garden drifts off to sleep through another winter, our attention turns to other things inside, where it is warm and dry.


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11 responses to “In A Vase on Monday: May Remembered

  1. So pretty! I love the colour of those roses and the way the petals are falling below the vase. 🙂

  2. November is being kind to you, while we are reeling from several days of hard frost.

    • Sorry to hear that, Rickii. I hope you have a few evergreen perennials to carry you through. Kindness, or more evidence of climate change? We are not complaining as it is exquisitely beautiful here this week ❤

  3. Beautiful roses and lovely props too. Wishing you many more beautiful days

  4. What a superb iris that is and it is lovely paired with the apricot roses. Really love your ‘new’ old vase, what a find! 🙂
    Happy December!

  5. That’s one of my favorite color combinations. How wonderful to find both plants in bloom so late in the season!

  6. I don’t blame you for thinking of May when you put this together, what a nice summery vase for this time of year.
    After a slow start we also enjoyed another comfortably sunny day. It’s not coastal Virginia but I’ll take it!

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