Firstly, let me thank you all for your charming and thoughtful comments for my last vase. I was quite touched and as a proper „thank you“ I dedicate today’s vase to all of you. Quite a bit of thought and consideration has gone into it this time, so you see I’m able to produce more than my usual „hop-into-the-water-and-behave-vases“ 😉  I’d also like to introduce you to some of my favourite plants…I have so many but all in the vase I can warmly recommend as superbe plants with a long season of interest…Again thanks to Cathy for hosting the vase – go and see her vase and those of other bloggers here. Happy monday! Will you stop laughing about the title please…  🙂    PS: If you klick on the images you’ll be able to see them a lot bigger.

I have used the following plants in today’s vase: Miscanthus sinensis „Morning Light“, Pennisetum orientale „Tall Tails“, Fuchsia „Black Knight“ (he has been with me for a long time and although I’m not a fuchsia addict, I think he’s rather handsome), the bare red stems of Euphorbia griffithii „Fireglow“, Pennisetum villosum, Bulbine frutescens, the fasciated spent flower heads of Lespedeza thunbergii and some Parthenocissus tricuspidata. It drizzled when I picked them this morning but I put the vase beside the stove and soon the grasses got nice and fluffy, the flowers of Bulbine started to open a little more…








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  1. Your setting is really beautiful Annette, I feel quite envious and would just love to be sitting where you do, what a fantastic view you enjoy. Love your vase too and the photography, especially the fasciated spent flower heads of Lespedeza. Gorgeous. 🙂

  2. It is beautiful and what a gorgeous view from your window. I never thought of picking Miscanthus for a vase but they look wonderful and I imagine they are long lasting. I love the Pennisetum too.
    I am not keen on Fuchsia either ( and I can never remember how to spell it.) but this a lovely one.
    I like the Physalis and Callicarpa in a little jar too.
    And you have your Beverley Nichols to hand as well; ‚Down the Garden Path‘, with its original dust cover. I remember you saying how you enjoy him.

    1. Hi Chloris, yes, grasses last forever (almost that is) and I plan to have many more in the garden. If you ever come across Miscanthus ‚Blütenwunder‘, go for it, superbe autumn foliage too. Can’t beat good old Beverley for a laugh and that’s what I need these days. Best wishes 🙂

  3. haha (oops)! You may have inadvertantly started a trend for curling the contents of our vases by putting them in heated situations, regardless of your cheeky title…. (you obviously needed to tell them to behave this time)! I am so looking forward to having grasses to put in my vases next year, plant purchases being willing – yours look great, and as Chloris said I expect they will last well. I have had to google some of your contents but that is all part of my education 😉 Thanks for sharing, Annette.

    1. Pity, I didn’t do the vase 1-2 days earlier because it looks a lot prettier know that the flowers open and raise their little heads. Oh, I’m going to plant lots more grasses next year, they’re just a must.

  4. Gosh – that’s one beautiful fuchsia, isn’t it Annette? Not a great fan but couldn’t take my eyes off it. And lovely to get a glimpse of the glorious view from inside out!

  5. Oh what a fine handsome knight Annette. Fuchsias are brilliant for late colour. Oh that woodpile I can see through your window is certainly going to help you keep warm this winter 🙂

    1. Just took cuttings of a hardy fuchsia I spotted in another place and hope to be able to leave that one outside eventually. Have you ever seen the fuchsia hedges in the West of Ireland? Quite a show!

  6. Some fabulous plants there. I love how cutting plant material like this and bringing it indoors gives us the opportunity to appreciate the details of the plants more. Lovely photos and what a gorgeous room. 🙂

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