September 29, 2015

Roses and Crabapples in a Vase on Tuesday

In this recent fall arrangement I used branches from my 'Royal Raindrops' crabapple trees for the first time in a vase.  I intended to participate in Cathy's 'In a Vase on Monday' meme but didn't get around to posting until Tuesday.  That's just the way life goes around here.

The base of the arrangement was formed by crimson 'William Shakespeare 2000' and pink 'Royal Jubilee' English roses.  Black leaves from 'Chocoholic' Cimicifuga helped fill in around the flowers.  Spikes of 'Miss Molly' butterfly bush shot out from the right side.

I also included a few late-blooming stems of 'Moulin Rouge' Astrantia (masterwort, above) and 'Invincibelle Spirit' hydrangea (not shown).

Tiny crabapples contributed to the fall feel, and blushing stems from my 'Peach Sorbet' blueberry bushes added more interesting foliage.

Japanese Anemone (A. robustissima) arched above the cluster of larger flowers.

The anemones are so pretty they get a second photo.
Yesterday the temperature dropped to 31 degrees Fahrenheit in the early morning and froze the water in my bird bath.  The flowers escaped this time but the end is near!


  1. That's just gorgeous VW! 31?!? Wow, I'm sorry.

  2. Such a pretty vase and thanks so much for sharing. The crab apples are such a good focus and the roses, particularly the William Shakespeare, are the perfect accompaniment.Great foliage too. Overnight temperatures are dropping here too and I guess it won't be long before the first frost.

  3. The arrangement looks lovely with the roses, hydrangeas, and I love the fall anemones. I haven't seen such a red butterfly bush flower, it adds some nice color and wonderful conical flowers. The crab apple branches add such good support and the little apples are cute. That's sad about your freezing temperatures, I'm not looking forward to frost.

  4. Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous. ~~Dee


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