‘You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing Queen, feel the beat from the tambourine’
This hippeastrum/amaryllis has gone from dry bulb to fully open and flamboyant flower in seemingly no time (7 weeks) and was in danger of missing its opportunity to star in a vase on Monday – but thankfully has made it. Cut short, with a piece of bamboo cane shoved up its stem, it is held in place in the small but chunky rectangular vase with little pebbles, and accompanied by twisted hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’). Red stems of Cornus alba were also snipped, before being deemed unnecessary.
As a tribute to the ‘Dancing Queen’ credentials of the bulb and in the absence of a tambourine, props were the sheet music for an Abba Medley, one of my barbershop group’s current favourites, a miniature drumstick and a stick pin featuring a drum kit. A few years ago, motivated by a conversation about what things we might regret never having tried, I bought a drum kit and had lessons for a few years. The miniature drumstick was one of a pair turned by a work colleague whose skills outside the workplace extended to both wood turning and playing the drums; attached to a key ring the second drumstick sadly but perhaps inevitably snapped.
In my mind the foreshortened dancer looks more attractive in her reduced stature, making it easier to admire her frilly and delicately patterned blooms, but I know not everyone will agree; however, so many Monday vase makers were reluctant to pick anything from their gardens before IAVOM, so perhaps in time we will all be cutting our amaryllis/hippeastrums and popping them in a vase as soon as the buds begin to open…In the meantime, what will be in those vases today? Just add links to and from this post so we can all see what you have found in your flower-starved gardens or foraged nearby.
ps some of you may have wondered why my post appeared so early last week, presumably at 12.01 am UK time…purely a slip of the typing finger when I scheduled it!