The abundance of flowers on the squash plants promoted their use in today’s vase, particularly as the likelihood of any new fruits having a chance to mature before frosts set in is low. The male flowers have nice long stems so several of these were chosen, along with a couple of stems with embryo fruits tucked close into the petiole, where a leaf joins the stem, seemingly always accompanied by the curly tendrils that will support the plant if it is allowed to climb. I have allowed mine to climb this year on a purpose-built frame to keep them from trailing across the paths.
I was reluctant to include any additional material as I liked the freshness of the green and yellow and the different details of the flowers, fruit, tendrils and the veining on the leaves, and already had my globular green glass vase in mind to display them in. On the way back to the house I picked three stems of spent heuchera flowers, now almost so dry that they could disintegrate if handled roughly and when trimmed these seemed to balance the squash components without detracting from them. Temporary props added a fiery tone when the vase was place in front of a clump of the scarlet fruits of Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’, completely changing the appearance.
Today’s vase was a quick display that was put together in minutes – less time than it took me to walk to the bottom of the garden, pick the squash and get back to the house! The small excess of vases I posted last week were all ‘picked and plonked’, as were the sweet peas I picked during the week to replace some of Monday’s spent flowers – showing just how quickly and easily we can get into the habit of picking from our gardens and bringing the pleasure inside too. If you would like to get into the habit too then this meme is a good incentive – just post your pickings with a link to this post, and leave a comment on this post with a link back to yours. In this way we have been able to support and encourage each other in what has been very much a learning curve for most of us.