The creation of today’s vase was a transitional process, albeit a short one. Another batch of bargain hyacinths coming into flower was always going to produce the main focus, but my original plan was to add other white blooms from early spring bulbs like leucojum and narcissus with maybe just a hint of green foliage for contrast. A shiny dark green arum leaf outside the back door was snipped first and I liked the contrast with the purity of the hyacinth so much that the other bulbs were rejected for this week and a similarly dark sprig of ivy was cut, along with a slender stem of winter flowering honeysuckle Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ to produce a simple and unfussy vase.
The narrow neck of the white Caithness Glass vase that had been mentally allocated for today, however, proved to be challenging even for these four stems and did not allow for rearrangement into a pleasing form. In a dramatic change of plan, the Caithness Glass was summarily sidelined in favour of a shallow black glass dish, bought at the Age Concern shop on our recycling site this week to use as a potential ‘ikebana’ vase. I have been searching online for a UK supplier of ikebana vases, like the lovely pottery ones used frequently by blogging friend Susie, but without success; they are available on eBay, but always imported from the USA and I did not expect to be using my ‘make-do’ one quite so soon!
The 4 stems were held in position by a metal pin holder or frog, an irregularly shaped quartz crystal cluster was placed in front of them and the dish filled with glass beads before the water was added. Having intended to use a piece of quartz in the dish, the choice of this particular cluster proved to be serendipitous, with the unplanned bonus of mirroring the spikes of the stems, the points of the quartz pointing every which-way. Quartz is a cleansing and energising crystal, and a cluster like this can radiate energy into a room or bring harmony to a group situation.
Those of us who bring elements of our gardens inside every week, whether sharing them on IAVOM or not, appreciate at close quarters the harmony that they too can bring, so if you don’t already do so why not take the plunge today? Many regular contributors were loath to cut from their gardens in the past but have undergone Damascene conversions and will tell you it has ‘changed their lives’ – so give it a try, and then share the result with us if you like by leaving the usual links to and from this post.
ps the ‘specks’ were hail, announcing the end of a lovely sunny morning yesterday and turning later in the day to a light snow shower and a tentative covering of snow before nightfall