As my barbershop singing group meets in the next village to ours, one of my singing colleagues who comes from another direction picks me up on her way through and I have taken to giving her a little thank you posy each week. She has come to look forward to it and really noticed its absence on her mantelpiece when I missed a session due to our Edinburgh visit; even her mother noticed! Today’s vase partially recreates her posy from this week which, despite its humble contents, was a quiet success and hence gives the title ‘Repeat Prescription’.
The original components were ivy flowers, spent sunflower bosses, still-pink Sedum spectabile, dry astilbe spikes, a few fern fronds and the first crop of cornus stems, these from C ‘Midwinter Fire’. Monday’s vase however has the added benefit of Rose ‘Danse de Feu’, unopened cosmos buds and the only sprig of Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ that the straggly plant has produced all year and which I noticed for the first time last week. I could visualise this grouping in a little brown jug which sadly my vase collection does not include, other than a miniature version, so I resorted to using the tall green mug that the cut stems had been conditioning in prior to ‘arrangement’. Props took the form of a toy stethoscope which will be going to The Poppet at Christmas as part of the dressing up outfits I have been deputed to make.
Surprisingly, I was able to rescue much of last week’s vase: the two chrysanthemum blooms still looked fresh and amazingly new and tightly closed cosmos buds had opened, whilst the sedum, clematis and crocosmia looked unchanged and I rather like the dried pink Fairy buttons. The stems were recut fairly short and placed in a smaller vase to live to face another week.
Will you still be picking fresh blooms for your Monday vase, or looking a little deeper in your garden or local hedgerows for alternatives? Please share whatever you find by leaving links to and from this post in the usual way.