‘A young woman is shot in cold blood, her lifeless body dumped outside the stadium at the height of the US Open…’ Not my choice of reading material, but Harlan Coben is one of the Golfer’s favoured authors and lacking a book with an appropriate cover illustration for my title (which is perhaps just as well), this suggestive blurb relating to Drop Shot will have to do instead.
You will no doubt be puzzled about the title and would never guess the reason for it in a month of Sundays – but it is in fact very simple, just like the vase. Realising that a gifted but somewhat neglected kalanchoe (in the UK grown as a houseplant) was producing a crop of flower buds on its very straggly stems, I took a shot in the dark and combined judicious pruning to encourage new shoots with the hope that the buds on the snipped stems would actually open in water. Two days later and they possibly are beginning to open, albeit slowly, and will perhaps reveal their pale yellow blooms in due course. In anticipation of this they are accompanied by glorious winter stems of Cornus, this one being the lime green C sericea ‘Flaviramea’ which will complement the colour of the blooms when they arrive. The vase is a small conical shaped jug from Prinknash Pottery, no more than 4″ tall and , like so many others, came from a car boot sale for next to nothing.
The kalanchoe has extraordinarily glossy leaves but is not a house plant I would have out of choice although I have been gifted two during the last year – but at least they are preferable to poinsettia! To be honest, despite having a houseful of plants in the 70s once my passion for the outdoor garden was reignited my collection of houseplants dwindled along with the interest and sadly any gifted houseplant would now face the threat of neglect, although having grown up with a clivia in my parent’s house I am currently nurturing a tiny clivia grown from the seed of a mature plant.
It is not compulsory to include props with any vase you prepare for IAVOM although it adds another dimension to the post if you do. With or without, please share your vase (or jam jar or other container) in the usual way by leaving links to and from this post.
ps there have been no takers yet for the roses I no longer have need of which are free to a good UK home – see this post for more details