Is ‘neither use nor ornament’ a particularly British phrase, I wonder? Meaning something is a waste of space? That is my general feeling about the tree lily that is still towering statuesquely above my head, albeit not quite as statuesquely since I removed 3 blooms from it for today’s vase – even if I did need a ladder to get to them! In a vase and nearer eye and nose level I can appreciate it a little more than previously, although perhaps the fragrance would be rather less powerful if it wasn’t quite as close to my nose! There’s no pleasing some people…
The size of the blooms meant that the choice of vase would be limited and rather than a plain rose bowl I chose this heather coloured Caithness Glass bowl, a car boot find from a few years ago (the original Caithness Glass landscape colours are harder to find these days). The individual stems of the lily were quite short and needed support so I tried to cover the plastic ‘frog’ with purple glass pebbles but, having recently used some for an on-going project, there weren’t enough so the vase was topped up with rose quartz tumble stones which gave a two-layered effect. Already keeping it simple by allowing the lilies their single moment of solo glory, the only props were a Caithness Glass perfume bottle that was a gift and a pair of leaves detached from the stems.
So for today and a few days the lily is briefly of use and ornament, but I am afraid that the bulb will still be finding a home at the back of the woodland edge border, somewhere where it can look down on us lesser mortals and show off its attractive satiny pink petals to the bird population and its enticing stamens to passing bees… In the meantime I feel I am begrudgingly doing it a favour by featuring it in today’s vase and look forward to choosing my real favourites again next week!
What favourite flowers will fleetingly fill your floral flasks today? Roughly translated, what blooms will you find in your gardens today to fill a vase or other container? Just post links to and from this one so we can all share in the pleasure they bring you.