I have to confess to being thrilled with the result of today’s vase, based around the newly opened stem of Amaryllis/Hippeastrum ‘Luna’, a bloom that would have looked gorgeous however it was presented. The soft white petals with a greenish tinge to their base and a diffused green rib on the reverse positively glow in an almost non earthly way, reflecting its name which is the Latin word for moon and thereby also the Roman goddess of the moon.
This green tinge called for a green glass vase, not visible in the above photograph, and the cut stem of the amaryllis was held in place with glass pebbles in two alternating colours, the layering idea borrowed from Christina (thank you). I had wondered about using inula seedheads, still standing in the border and their roundness hinting at planets in the solar system, but heading down the garden I noticed how green and shiny the leaves on an epimedium were, and surprisingly long too – why had I never noticed these before, with their stiff and graceful stems, for use in a vase? Sticking with glossy green foliage, they were joined by leaves of Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’ – and that was it, simple but very effective.
The vase was photographed outside on a mossy stone of the rockery, surrounded by ferns and with a quartz sphere as the only introduced prop, sitting on the naturally formed stand of a rocky looking shell found on Skegness beach. Even without the natural setting of the rockery the vase looks lovely on the kitchen table – who would have thought a single flower stem and a few leaves could look so pretty, or that such a simple act of cutting them and putting them in a vase could bring so much pleasure? What could you find in your garden or forage from nearby to bring you pleasure this Monday? I always look forward to seeing what you find – and do leave links so others can share too.