I had been keeping an eye on the ‘Pink Perpetué’ rose by the front door over this last week, with a view to sparing one of the last blooms for today’s vase; alas, the chosen bloom had lost its petals by this morning after an hour or two of brisk breezes yesterday evening. There was still a lovely cluster of buds, just starting to open, but none with long enough stems to include on their own – closer inspection found another bud further on than expected and a couple more yet to open, so they were sacrificed for the arrangement. Despite the variety of blooms still hanging on in the garden they really are only odd ones or twos, and the quirky fatsia and ivy flowers had already chosen themselves to add shape and structure to the vase but on impulse I decided to spare a few of the last sprigs of astrantia too. I have to confess that if I hadn’t been snipping these fatsia flowers I would probably never have realised how much the umbels change as they mature and their frothiness was an unexpected bonus.
I was really pleased with the shallow glass sundae dish I used last week which proved ideal for a petite arrangement when components are limited, as indeed is the Oasis which has life in it yet. Following the example of Sue and Julie I have also included appropriate props, this time a tiny china cup and a crackle quartz crystal point, along with petals that were already dropping from the rose! The simple arrangement didn’t take long to assemble, but finding somewhere suitable to photograph it did! I was determined to photograph it inside this time and had created a suitably uncluttered background but the light levels were dropping all the time as rain threatened and I wanted to avoid using flash or other artificial light.
It is indeed a challenge to find things to put in a vase at this time of year, but that is why I am (still) enjoying it so much! If you would like to join in then feel free to post a link to your vase in a comment on this blog, and also a link on your post to this one if you like. It is good to share our findings, but more importantly it is encouraging us to go and look for things to include, making us more observant and challenging our creativity.