This has by far and away been the simplest and easiest and somehow the most satisfying of vases on a Monday so far. I spotted these unpruned seedheads of Anemone japonica over the weekend when I was to-ing and fro-ing with the wall and almost reached for the secateurs before realising their potential for today’s vase – because that is all it is, stuck into a piece of oasis cut to fit. Visualising a shallow container that would allow short stems and hide the oasis I dusted down a little dish from my chicken collection and within minutes the arrangement was complete, accompanied by other chickens from the collection which were also washed for the occasion. I didn’t need to play around with a background either, as with the Christmas tree having just been dismantled there was an ideal blank wall to photograph it against before the temporarily evicted old Singer sewing machine is returned to its usual spot.
The Christmas holly and ivy vase from a fortnight ago, still looking bright and cheery, was also dismantled now that Twelfth Night is upon us, and whilst the future of last week’s fragrant grouping still hangs in the balance much of it can be retained a little longer. The challenge is still fresh and stimulating, and continues to serve the original purpose of bringing some of the outside in. If you are up for the challenge yourself, whether regularly or occasionally, then please feel free to include a link to this post and leave a comment here with a link to your own so we can all share in what you have found this week.