Here's another flower arrangement post. I hope that's not too boring.
Even after our first frosts this week, the roses in my garden are still producing the last odds and ends for the year. The most productive right now is Madame Alfred Carrière, but unfortunately most of her blooms face outwards onto my neighbor's property (lucky him). In its third year, I really need to get it onto an arch to train it away from the boundary fence.
So, once again, I am participating with Rambling in the Garden's "In a Vase on Monday" post. This week, my humble arrangement includes roses from Madame Alfred Carrière, La Sevillana and Pat Austin, along with spent abelia blooms.
The "vase" is actually a Japanese coffee pot that my grandmother brought back from Yokohama, where my grandparents, mother and aunt lived after WWII. My grandfather was stationed in occupied Japan for five years with the Army Corps of Engineers during the reconstruction.
Yes, that is La Sevillana's actual color. No color enhancing used here.
I am a bit nervous about using the coffee pot. The hand-painted porcelain hasn't got a single crack or coffee stain and it honestly looks like it has never been used. As a child, I remember seeing it in a china cabinet, although never on the table.
But, I think it is important to use precious, inherited belongings instead of leaving them locked up in a glass case. They bring back fond memories, which are much more priceless than cold china. I'm sure my grandmother would feel the same.