The title takes its name from Persicaria ‘Superbum’ which I have had my eye on all week for inclusion in today’s vase, and as the week wore on I liked the idea of just including plant matter from the woodland edge border which is where the persicaria is. The rhododendrons, having been in flower early, are almost over although perhaps a single intact flowerhead might have been found, and there are plenty of hellebore seedheads to choose from but I have already used them a number of times. Superbum’s cousin ‘Red Dragon’ was an obvious contender with its beautifully marked leaves blending perfectly with the pink shade of the flower spikes, and a rain battered Allium nectaroscordum was rescued to add to the two persicarias. Glaucous green foliage of Thalictrum aquilegifolium provided some added leafiness in what seemed like just the right shade of green, as was the polygonatum (still untouched by sawfly). On a whim, stems of Geranium x oxonianum ‘Thurstonianum’ were snipped and included once it was clear that the shades mingled appropriately.
The secateurs that were used to cut the vase contents were last used to trim all (hopefully) the heads off the wild garlic in the woodland and still have a strong garlic odour – a small price to pay for preventing the rapid spread of the garlic! Once trimmed, the stems were place in another Caithness Glass vase, one of the original 1960/70s colours, Moss. This was bought from the factory shop in Oban in the 70s, but I found a beautiful tall one at a car boot sale recently in Loch, an inky blue just like a Scottish loch of course – and a bargain to boot! No props to accompany the vase today, as I had taken the photographs before I thought about it.
Knowing last night where today’s inspiration was coming from I could actually feel a surge of excitement even then as I looked forward to seeing how it went together – such is the thrill some of us are getting from this meme, which turns out to be infectious. If you would like to be infected by the same bug then are you welcome to join us any or every Monday, posting a ‘vase’ with things you have found in your garden or nearby (and not necessarily plant material) – just leave a link to this post and a link to yours from a comment on this post. It’s inspirational to share!