Putting together today’s vase was a doddle compared to photographing it without including my reflection! As always, there was a chain of thought in the process, beginning with the hellebores which along with snowdrops are currently the brightest stars in the garden galaxy. Knowing they don’t last long in water when picked with their stems I decided to take just the heads – one from every hellebore that is flowering but excluding H niger which is past its best and the first flower just discovered today on H Harvington Double Yellow. There are more to come, but today’s trawl included 10 different hellebores although in the end I left out a pure white specimen as she was so much bigger than the others and would have dominated the vase as well as taking up too much space.
The concept of floating hellebore heads lead to the ‘float my boat’ title and a search for suitable boat props. The Golfer has various boats gathering dust around the house but they don’t float for me, so when I chanced on the three shell sampans amongst my Chinese knick-knacks the decision was made – and lead on to the other oriental props. Oriental props demanded a vaguely oriental vase, but shallow and wide enough to hold all the hellebores – it had me stumped for a little while but in the end an old wooden sieve was perfect to hold a bowl of water for the flowers and looks sufficiently Chinese.
I actively look forward to this challenge that I set myself and now have the pleasure of enjoying the individual beauty of these hellebores at close quarters for several days. Having others join in has upped my game – and made it an even more enjoyable and stimulating experience. If you would like to join in, post your own vase (things from your garden, or found when out and about) and leave a link to this post, and vice versa – as always you would be most welcome, whether on a regular or sporadic basis.