Halloween Orange Rose – In a Vase on Monday – 29 October 2018

Halloween Orange Rose – In a Vase on Monday – 29 October 2018

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I love roses 🙂 they’re often in vases around the house (from florists).  My Chap often buys bouquets for us.  We only have four rose bushes in our garden – two pink climbing roses, a red patio miniature rose (see below) and this orange beauty in our front garden.   When I moved into my house nine years ago this month, it was in a bit of a sorry state, as it was in desperate need of punning and TLC.  It’s one of the first things My Chap did after he met me was to prune the rose (and install a gate into the garden from the ginnel – AKA alleyway).

The orange rose soon revived – it tends to flower in at least two distinct seasons.  This year it has flowered three times. It has a delicate rose scent too which wafts across the garden path.

In a Vase on Monday – Halloween Orange Rose

This is the last hurrah of the orange rose bush this year 🙂 I can’t believe the range of colours; it is bright orange as a bud fading through to the most stunning sunset colours.

Do any of my gardening pals know what variety it is?

Orange roses have appeared many times in my vases over the last three years – it’s also flowered at some very odd times including in January this year 😉

The bud vase is made from recycled glass; purchased at the Eden Project in Cornwall.  It has appeared a few times too:


The print is part of a series covering different animals representing different names for the moons.  The Autumn print is a Beaver; the Autumn moons are Corn moon, Hunter’s moon and Beaver moon.

The summer print will need to wait until next year 😉

As usual, I am joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden who’s written about the history of All Saints Day and Halloween.  She has some glorious dahlias on their last hurrah too, before the frosts hit and the plants die off.   Cathy also has pumpkins with her vase which reminded me of a pumpkin flower arrangement I made a couple of years ago.

Pumpkin Flower Arrangement

Here’s something different for Halloween.  I’ve been on two flower arranging courses at Denman College in Oxfordshire.  It’s the Educational College for the Women’s Institute.

In October 2016 I was there for the weekend learning different styles of flower arrangements.  I learnt how to use a pumpkin as a ‘vase’. This arrangement has a block of oasis and it’s just a case placing the flowers as if making a round arrangement. For the arrangement, I used:

  • chrysanthemum
  • sea holly
  • rosemary
  • Callicarpa – beauty berry
  • choysia – this is a variegated one
  • poppy seed heads, pine cones and ivy

I’ve been far too busy to attempt this type of arrangement this Autumn – but I have unearthed my terracotta carved pumpkin for the porch.

Making a door wreath

This photo has also reminded me to make an Autumn door wreath – there’s a wreath ring around the bottom of the pumpkin on the plate. It is decorated with fluffy wool, pine cones, seedheads and ivy.   It’s a straightforward wreath to make and most of the elements are around in the woods or my garden.  I’ve put it on my list to make a door wreath this weekend 🙂

Here’s my tutor Christine’s arrangement – Stunning isn’t it?

My Denman Tutor – Christine Pearce’s arrangement featuring a broom and cobwebs too.

I learnt so much from Christine at my two visits to Denman.  You can see her work and book for courses via:

I wanted to tell what a great tutor she is – this isn’t a sponsored post and she hasn’t asked me to write about her or do a good review. 

Denman College – part of the Women’s Institute

I’ve written a few times about how much I have loved my visits to Denman. I’ve been on three weekend trips. Two to do flower arranging and last month, a mother and daughter weekend.

You can find out more about the courses at Denman – anyone can go, male, female and you don’t need to be a member of the Women’s Institute.


The clock’s changing, the darker nights and Halloween make me reflect on what

When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.
Jens Stoltenberg (1959 – )  the Norwegian Director General of NATO since 2014 – he was previously Prime Minister of Norway.  

Jens words resonate with me – I try to #bekind – and be in the moment.  My daily mindfulness activities are going well. I’m also walking or spending time outside for at least an hour each day.  


what do you have planned for Halloween? Have you seen any unusual Halloween decorations? Manchester has huge monsters on top of buildings – have a look on my Instagram for more photos

Carpe Diem,

Love Bec xxx xxx



  1. Ami
    30/10/2018 / 7:22 am

    Wow!!!! These are stunning and so perfect for autumn!

  2. Angela Milnes
    30/10/2018 / 10:45 am

    This was an interesting read. I have never made a door wreath but the one you shared is pretty cool!

    • 30/10/2018 / 11:14 am

      Thanks Angela – wreaths are fairly straightforward to make once you’ve made a few… I’ll do an Autumn one for next week…

  3. scrapbookadventures365
    30/10/2018 / 3:19 pm

    I love roses too and those orange coloured ones are perfect for the time of year. Some of those table decorations are ace!

  4. 30/10/2018 / 5:30 pm

    I feel well-blessed if I have a perfect rose at this time of year, Bec, and no doubt you do too. I suppose if there was any indication of how long the orange one had been in the garden it might be easier to pin down but if it was very much in need of pruning when you moved in it could have been there a very long time. What fun to go to Denman – I keep meaning to look at the range of courses and see what tempts me. You must have really enjoyed putting together your Halloween pumpkin – thanks for sharing it with us.

    • 30/10/2018 / 10:23 pm

      ah thanks Cathy – roses all the way 🙂 I’m definitely going to get some David Austin roses next year. My house is only 20 years old (and I’ve lived here 9 years) – there was hardly plants in the front garden a couple of low conifers, some hypericum and the rose – there were three previous owners to me so I’ve no idea who planted the rose – It wouldn’t surprise me if it was a gift and just got plonked in (it’s too close to the path too). I think you’d like Denman – they have day course too.
      love Bec 🙂

      • 01/11/2018 / 7:28 am

        That would make it easier to identify, knowing it is less than 20 years old

  5. Emily
    30/10/2018 / 11:53 pm

    What a stunning, soft colour that orange rose is. I love it! And wow, that’s a striking Halloween arrangement indeed!

  6. 31/10/2018 / 7:58 am

    I love roses too. I’ve seen quite a few pumpkin arrangements this year which I think look fab. I bet the course was great

  7. 31/10/2018 / 2:37 pm

    Wow how pretty. I’ve always admired people who know how to do perfect flower arrangements. This look gorgeous. Perfect for the season. Great post.

  8. 01/11/2018 / 5:06 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about what you have been doing and wow that is such a stunning rose!

    • 01/11/2018 / 6:46 pm

      thanks Donna 🙂 yes it is – no closer to working out what rose it is but I’m definitely buying more roses next year 🙂

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