There was a three-pronged approach to this vase: a desire to use the ‘Tête-à-Tête’ before they were past their best, the contrast of the fresh green leaves emerging out of the twisted hazel stems retained from a previous vase, and the rediscovery of these two vintage pots with a drip glaze the colour of which cried out for daffodils to complement them. Full size daffodils would swallow up the pots as they are only tiny and even the ‘Tête-à-Tête’ had to be trimmed more than I expected – having tried to find buds that weren’t fully open there were only a few so a generous collection of whatever came to hand was used instead. Curiously, there seemed only to be a handful of stems out of all of ours that did actually have flowers that were ‘head-to-head’.
The title suggested itself from the twisted hazel – and of course daffodils shout ‘Spring is on its way’ to anyone who cares to listen. I did think we had a copy of the original ‘Twist and Shout’ single, but it must be one of the records that disappeared when we took the remnants of our separate record collections to a car boot sale some years ago, so today’s props are a pile of other 60s singles and a book to provide more detail about them!
A simple pair of vases, but ones that will bring pleasure over several days. Inevitably the choice of material will gradually be getting wider as the year goes on, so let’s not forget these simple understated pleasures. If you would like to share something you have picked from your garden and pop it in a vase on Mondays then do join in too – whether simply or expertly created, it is encouraging us not only to be creative but bringing some of the outside in and reminding us to look outwards as well as inwards. Either regularly or occasionally it would be lovely to share your creations, so do include a link to this post and vice versa. Enjoy your Monday!