With a hectic weekend there were limited opportunities for rambling in the garden nor thinking ahead to today’s vase. However, being faced with Clematis ‘Êtoile Violette’ and her dozens of purple stars (climbing through ‘Pink Perpétue’) every time I left and returned to the house I grabbed them as a starting point this morning. I had considered them and heads of Allium christophii for a recent Wordless Wednesday, but am now glad I didn’t as they can form the focus of a vase full of a range of purple stars.
The A cristophii has actually lost most of its purpleness as it changes from flowerhead to seedhead, but like the ‘other’ Cathy with her vase last week it was an opportunity to delay its consignment to the compost heap as the stem was broken. I did wonder, though, once I had collected various purple companions, if it was going to be too supersized to be included, but with the stem cut short, the clematis added, and the others gradually put in their places, I decided it looked far better than might have been expected – almost ‘arranged’, rather than ‘plonked’….. but perhaps I am just getting better at plonking!
The vase was another car boot acquisition, an early Caithness Glass vase in the ‘heather’ colourway, a footed posy bowl – not the same shade of purple as any of the contents in the end but this didn’t seem to matter once it was filled. Still trying to avoid non-recyclable floral foam I placed a glass ‘frog’ in the bottom, using this car boot find (sorry!) for the first time – the only disadvantage being that all the holes were vertical, meaning little option to angle stems.
Having used clematis a few times in these Monday vases, I am confident that they will last more than a few days although one was replaced immediately as it began shedding petals – a good shake of the others produced no more loose petals so they should be OK – and the allium will no doubt outlive all its other companions. Choosing the other blooms was an interesting exercise, all being stars in their own right but in varying degrees of what could be loosely described as ‘purple’ – the unnamed tradescantia and the Veronica spicata ‘Blue Charm’ both came from the blue & white border, the Lavender ‘Hidcote’from the rose garden and the flower spikes of an unnamed hosta from one of the hosta pots. The cerinthe was a last minute addition, the first born of the cutting beds, but were nearly excluded as an unnecessary addition – but having cut them, I decided not to waste them.
As the vase was wider than those of late choosing an appropriate location for photographing it could have posed a problem, but thinking of props and settling on a large amethyst geode it made sense to take the molehill to the mountain as the geode is a little on the heavy side! This room tends to be light for much of the day, so I tried different variations within the room – another good option for future vases if they can tolerate a turquoise background.
I am continually surprised by the results of these Monday’s vases, having been empowered by the process of their creation since the meme was started in November last year – the support from fellow bloggers, with or without their own vases, has been wonderful, and I am now constantly aware of the potential for picking and bringing into the house. I certainly wouldn’t be without a little vase of something at all times now (and having had visitors at the weekend there are several little stoneware pots of sweet peas and astrantia around, as well as a refreshed vase from last week) and have not bought flowers for gifts since the meme was started, choosing instead to give a posy of something from the garden. If you would like to be similarly empowered then please join in with your own vase or container of ‘things’ from the garden or nearby, posting as usual but with a link back to this post – and leave a link to your vase in a comment on this post so we can share your creation and the joy it brings you 🙂