The posy I created to give to the friend who picks me up on a Thursday for our barbershop singing looked so pretty that I decided to recreate it for today. It was, quite simply, a rhapsody in various shades of green, demonstrating – as so many of us have come to learn – that foliage plays a huge part in our gardens, providing an infinite range of monochrome colours and textures.
To the mature ivy and its flowers, Euphorbia oblongata with its lime green bracts, and the dangling phuopsis that were included in Thursday’s posy I added a sprig of spotty laurel and a few green crinkly leaves of Heuchera ‘Malachite’. The euphorbia was added on impulse to another buy earlier in the year, the Heuchera was a must-inclusion in a larger heuchera order when I saw the name (malachite being one of my favourite minerals) and the phuopsis which I had not heard of until I ordered from Claire Austin was chosen then for its low growing, front-of-border attributes. It does flower, but they can’t make much impact as I don’t remember any blooms!
The stems of the ivy, laurel and euphorbia were conditioned in boiling water and then tied into a posy as the ivy stems kept popping out of the vase when I tried to arrange them. The vase is a heavy green spherical one that came from a low key antique fair some years ago, chosen for its green-ness and not (at the time) for its potential use as a vase; I was pleased with the way the roundedness of the posy reflected the shape of the vase. Intriguingly, I had already decided to use malachite as a prop, so the last minute crinkly heuchera was an unplanned and happy coincidence; the chosen malachite prop was a chessboard and three malachite chess pieces (knight, rook and pawn).
Thank you for all your lovely comments last week on IAVOM’s fourth birthday and for your enthusiasm surrounding the additional challenge of a vase-less vase – these ranged from toilets and potties to vegetables and no receptacles at all. It was such fun to see them all and to know that you had fun coming up with your choices. I shall be putting my thinking cap on for an equally enjoyable challenge for next year! There were 24 vases posted, and as promised a winner has been randomly drawn to win Sarah Raven’s book ‘The Cutting Garden’: Alison from A Blog About Compost. Please email me your address, Alison, and I shall get the book sent as soon as I can. Well done, and thanks again to everyone for your support, whether you posted a vase or not.
In the meantime normal service has been resumed and we can go back to ‘real’ vases again, although perhaps we will see now more alternative containers being used in the future. What will be in yours today? Whatever it is, it will bring you pleasure during the week as we have learned even the simplest and tiniest of vases can do. If you would like to share it with us on IAVOM just include links from your post to this, and to yours from a comment on this page. See you soon!