There was no fixed plan for today’s vase – it could have been big and blousey or small and sweet and perhaps the end result is somewhere in between. The starting point was the hydrangea, three young heads from this almost lilac hydrangea that I recently mentioned to Pauline was the ‘sink or swim’ one evicted from one of the revamped herbaceous beds and shoved (literally) at the back of the woodland edge border – not being a hydrangea fan (I know, I know) I didn’t mind a jot if it survived or not, but as the Golfer has a different opinion I felt I owed it half a chance of survival.
Gathering complementary material was not difficult after this initial choice – Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’ and orlaya from the cutting beds, everlasting sweet pea Lathyrus latifolia ‘Red Pearl’, ordinary sweet pea ‘Mollie Rilestone’, unopened flowerheads of Sedum ‘Stewed Rhubarb Mountain’ (thanks to one of you who included sedum in their vase lase week), sprigs of spent heuchera flowers and, as a final flourish, a rather larger than I intended head of New Guinea impatiens from one of my pots. Leaves from the peony were snipped but not used – it didn’t seem to need any additional foliage, perhaps because of the few leaves retained on the hydrangea. Once assembled, the colours reminded me of old fashioned sweets like Love Hearts and Swizzles double lollies but although the Golfer is a lolly aficionado he hasn’t any double lollies at the moment so these mini Chupa Chips had to do instead as accompanying props.
The vase was a useful clear glass one which curves inwards slightly towards the rim, the remains of a table decoration from a niece’s wedding when it was filled with roses and astrantia, gratefully taken home afterwards by her auntie. Instead of a metal pin holder which would be hidden in a ceramic or darker glass vase I used a plastic stem holder acquired some years ago for when I got round to putting flowers in vases – which I have! Although rain looks imminent now, it was still bright when the vase was taken outside for its photo shoot – on a white cast iron chair with foliage from the cornus in pots behind it, now showing early signs of autumnal colour.
Although my wild vase came home with me last week it suffered in the heat of the journey and I have been without a vase for most of the last week – I know, I could have picked a replacement (and indeed I must keep picking those sweet peas…) but was busy shifting soil and watering tomatoes or other such excuse…. It is therefore a delight to have this fresh confection, and every vase since the meme was started has brought joy in some way and it would be hard to pick out any favourites. If you would like to bring joy into your life on a Monday by filling a vase or container with things from your garden or the equivalent, then do join us – and if you would like others to share in your delight then include a link to this post from yours and leave a comment on this post with a link back to your vase. We are inspiring and nurturing each other as we do so!