Little think’st thou, poore flower,
Whom I have watch’d sixe or seaven dayes,
And seen thy birth, and seene what every houre
Gave to thy growth, thee to this height to raise,
And now dost laugh and triumph on this bough,
Little think’st thou
That it will freeze anon, and that I shall
Tomorrow find thee falne, or not at all. John Donne 1572-1631
The process of putting together a vase on Monday is an interesting one, beginning yesterday with a tentative scouting for potential contenders for inclusion. Taking a shot in the dark I nipped a few ‘Tête-à-Tête’ narcissi from under the apple trees and kept them overnight in as warm a spot as possible in the kitchen, and although they haven’t opened yet there is clearly some wriggling about going on in their embryonic sacs and they will emerge soon.
But what to include with them? Having already used snowdrops a fortnight ago I chose instead the few leucojum (summer snowflake) flowers that were at least in bud and, almost on a whim, some viola sprigs that have begun to perk up in the baskets at the front of the house in conjunction with the relatively brighter days. Keeping the display short, the chosen ones were positioned in Oasis in one of the sundae dishes that have been used for previous vases. At this point the colours already complemented each other but I wasn’t sure if some greenery was needed to link the blooms together – however, on my way to get some gravel to cover the inner support I noticed the primroses and took the chance of picking some flowerheads with the longest stems.
Thinking of a post title and props, my train of thought went from shy demure flowers to ‘To His Coy Mistress’ and thence poetry, via a change of vase to the Caithness Glass bonbon dish which picked out the amethyst purple on the violas, to the above poem by John Donne (although having been pluck’d, these blossoms will not falle but in a few days be not at all). Additional props were another piece of Caithness Glass and citrine, rose quartz and amethyst crystals.
Another Monday, and another challenge achieved. If you would like to join in with your own vase or receptacle with finds from your garden or out-and-about (and share the thought processes involved if you wish), then add a link from your post to this and vice versa – you would be most welcome.