Today’s vase is a ‘bit of a cheat’, inasmuch as it was made and photographed on Thursday after which it was given to my weekly ‘lift’- usually prepared on a Sunday, going away on Friday morning and not due back till after dark on Sunday meant no opportunity for my usual vase-making ritual. As always, my recipient was delighted, accepting that the weekly offerings are getting smaller and less varied and my warning that the rose was likely to drop its petals sooner rather than later: the last glowing embers of the garden, now in vase on Monday.
Quickly and simply made, the limited contents comprised a single lingering ‘Munstead Wood’ rose, a spray of baby-faced new foliage from Nandina ‘Obsession’, rose hips from obliging ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’, a sprig of hanging-on Sedum ‘Thunderhead’, a glowing piece of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ and a spent stem of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, all squeezed into a trio of narrow-necked car boot found vases, in real life redder than the photographs suggest. Accompanying them is one of my favourite crystals, a palm sized polished nugget of carnelian, which enjoys the natural freedom of its garden location.
Writing this on Sunday evening, I am looking forward to rambling in the garden tomorrow after our weekend away (and will be on the lookout for potential contenders for my next posy or vase) – and wondering what will you find for your Monday vases. Do share them with us by leaving links to and from this post as usual – see you soon!