Since featuring the little vase my Mum made for our last visit here in July she has been reading my vase posts in a new light and is more aware of the challenges in finding something to pop in a vase each week. For this Christmas visit, however, her search could only find some of the hebe which I have also included in my own vase today – but what an amazing bloom it is! Such a gorgeous shade of purpley-blue and flowering off and on throughout the year – what a star!
Anticipating using the same hebe, I had been casting my eye over the fairly barren contents of the rest of her garden for other material, and even the Golfer had commented on the dried self seeded grasses which have readily colonised one of the borders – real rustly-in-the-wind stuff. It was not till Sunday morning that my inspiration came – in the form of the moon shining brightly in the sky above Mull, its light dancing across the sea towards me. Having seen the moon disappearing below the horizon at a similar time (around 8.30am) only two days before this seemed especially bizarre, but at least this time I remembered my camera and was able to capture the moment.
As luck would have it, a more sheltered corner produced some dried honesty seedheads and thus today’s vase was created – honesty for the moon, dried grasses for the moonlight and hebe for the dark morning sea, placed in a little Caithness Glass vase in a colourway I do not have at home. I was led a merry moondance trying to photograph the vase against a background of sea and Mull to replicate the position of the moon, as the wind kept whipping up the contents and blowing the moon off course, threatening to topple the vase from its precarious stance on the garden wall.
So there it is, a wonderful day for a moondance*. What can you find or forage for your own Monday vase? Do share it with us, leaving links to and from this post as usual. Being away from home I may be a little late replying to comments or viewing your vases but nevertheless I look forward to seeing and reading about them.
*Van Morrison ‘Moondance’