In a Vase: Simply

The Alnwick Rose

Today, very simple.  A few roses and two types of grass.

the Monday Vase with William Shakespeare 2000

For the roses, it is William Shakespeare 2000 and The Alnwick Rose.  Need I say more?

William Shakespeare 2000

And the grasses.  This year Muhlenbergia capillaris "Regal Mist" is flowering exuberantly, a much better showing than last year's attempt, late and half-hearted after a particularly difficult summer.  Not only that, but there is plenty of overlap with Pennisetum setaceum rubrum, which is still producing many of its fresh, red plumes.  They age to a soft straw color, but today I have used mostly the new blooms in my vase.


All the Muhlenbergia stalks are still quite fresh; they've hardly grown long enough to burst fully from their casings.  It's nice to think that if all goes well, there will be months of this spangled show.

Muhlenbergia Regal Mist and Pennisetum rubrum

It's a small grouping, small enough to slip into a little vase I made some years ago.  It nearly closes at the mouth, but I find that sometimes that is a good thing to display the simpler combinations of flowers.

the Monday Vase with The Alnwick Rose

The weather has been ever so slightly changeable, just today.  With cloudy skies and cooler temperatures, the possibility of rain seemed a little less phantasmal than it has for many weeks.  But my flowers are still very sunny today!


Thank you, as ever, to Cathy for hosting this wonderful Monday meme at Rambling in the Garden!

the Monday Vase with William Shakespeare 2000

Weather Diary: Partly cloudy; High: 82 F (28 C)/Low: 57 F (14 C); Humidity: 19%-46%

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Comments: 12
  • #1

    Kris P (Monday, 30 October 2017 22:43)

    Beautiful, whatever light you put it in! I really must get myself some muhly grass...

  • #2

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 02:49)

    Thanks so much, Kris! The muhly grass has been wonderful and, after all, it was your garden that convinced me to try Pennisetum!

  • #3

    Chloris (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 06:13)

    What a lovely airy feel to this vase, the grasses are perfect with the lovely roses. I keep seeing the gorgeous Muhly grass on blogs and I wonder why I don't have it.

  • #4

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:21)

    Thank you very much, Chloris! I really do love the Muhly grasses, and this one in particular is so far my favorite ornamental grass - spectacular autumn bloom and a lovely, well-behaved plant at all times.

  • #5

    Cathy (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:38)

    Just beautiful, despite the simplicity - the roses bring out a subtle pinkness in the grasses that wouldn't be evident otherwise. A wonderful combination, Amy

  • #6

    Cathy (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:17)

    Lovely - especially the last photo! :)

  • #7

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 23:10)

    Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - I think the pink tones are stronger than usual on the Muhlenbergia this year. Thank you, Cathy :)

  • #8

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 23:12)

    Cathy@Words and Herbs - Wouldn't you know that last photo was one of the first I took - before I got the exposure settings "right". So much for getting it right... ;-)

  • #9

    Ian Lumsden (Thursday, 02 November 2017 02:45)

    The double rose is lovely but the colour blend of pot, grasses and background make for a deliciously composed webpage.

  • #10

    Brian Skeys (Thursday, 02 November 2017 04:49)

    The grassses do have a beautiful colour which perfectly compliments the colour of the roses.

  • #11

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 04 November 2017 19:39)

    Thank you so much, Ian - much appreciated! :)

  • #12

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 04 November 2017 19:40)

    Brian - So they do. It would be fascinating to design around the colors of the grasses.