Eager as I am to fill another vase, Mondays sometimes don’t come round fast enough and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ has been devilishly waiting to take his place as the star in today’s vase, mirroring his starring role in one of the bold borders. I can forgive him his ready ability to spread, such is the impact he has whether in bud, flower or seedhead.
There are numerous other fiery contenders to fill our bellies with, but choosing to keep the height of the crocosmia automatically restricted the choice and a newly opened bud appearing on Hemerocallis fulva yesterday was the deciding factor in the end. Picking mid morning, even with temperatures rising and the sun shining, there are no buds open yet today but let’s be optimistic. Even without opening, the buds will add a certain stylishness and a minimal vase was suggesting itself by now – so what about foliage? Did it need foliage, and was there anything appropriate? Russett or something similar probably – and heading back towards the house past the woodland edge border I felt the warm breath of Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ and the choice was made for me both by colour and association.
Having already roamed the house last night assessing vases and containers suitable for a fiery theme without any satisfactory conclusion, after this morning’s pickings another quick search suggested an amber hyacinth glass which fitted the bill. The leaves were stripped from the crocosmia and the stems cut to achieve a reasonable balance, then a quick plonk and slight adjustment and the vase was done. Today’s location was around the gas powered (chimneys having being removed by the last resident) woodburner effect stove in our living room.
Phew! Managed to keep it simple and unfussy and minimal – hard to do at this time of year!
It is great fun seeing the different material people find to fill their vases on a Monday and we are learning a lot from each other as the weeks go by. If you would like to join in, just fill a container with material from your garden or nearby and post on your blog as usual, leaving a link to this blog and a include a comment on this post with a link back to yours so we can be inspired by your pickings too. It has been a delight to have a vase of our own pickings in the house week after week and is definitely a habit to be recommended!