Today’s vase is sizzling a few feet away from where I am sitting but just looking at this photograph I swear I can still feel the heat it gives off!
With the first of the dahlias and sunflowers coming into bloom in the last week they were inevitably going to be showcased today, and it was just a matter of what was going to join them. As it happened, the first dahlia (which was not one of the Karma selections after all but an unlabelled earlier purchase) was just beginning to drop its petals when I came to cut it so only the central boss is included. The real boss of the vase is Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’, with its large (6″ diameter) flower in a soft shade of orange contrasting with the green centre dominating the vase and overshadowing the opening bud of Sunflower ‘Ruby Eclipse’ and the heads of Sunflower ‘Italian White’ (in truth a pale yellow!).
The picture above also shows a glimpse of some of the other vase contents – Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’, Cosmos ‘Xanthos’, Alonsoa ‘Scarlet’, Dahlia ‘Dandy’, a self seeded red nasturtium and a sprig of red acer foliage. Also included are those striking blooms of Inula magnifica with their wonderfully stout stems, a few Calendula and a couple of Allium sphaerocephalon to reduce the heat just a little. All but the allium, alstroemeria and acer were grown from seed, so the vase is a real testament to the joys of growing from seed and perhaps acts as a kind of trophy for the effort put into the process – and certainly more appropriate than a medal or a silver cup!
The vase itself is a vintage earthenware jug with a deep green glaze and an etched pattern around the body, whilst the simple props are two tactile pieces of polished carnelian, a semi-precious gemstone that comes in shades of orange, red and brown, an overall ‘feel better’ stone, perhaps reflecting the warmer and sunnier days that often make life seem just that little bit better.
Putting together my Vase on Monday also brings joy into my life and makes me feel better and I look forward to seeing what you have found in your gardens to put into your own vases today to bring you joy too. See you soon!