I am calling this a ‘Cheat’s Vase’, whereas in fact as the host of IAVOM I can do what I like – not that I would discourage any contributors from recycling previous vases anyway!
I posted some birthday flowers as a Wordless Wednesday vase the week before last, and many of the blooms were still going strong so it would be a shame not to continue to enjoy them. The roses, freesias and antirrhinums were over (although sadly the latter never fully opened) and removed, whilst the Sweet William, Stock and Lisianthus were retained and trimmed down, along with the ‘green bells’ and the unknown leathery leaves. This is the first time I have had any lisianthus, having failed twice in an attempt to grow them, and they are exceedingly pretty although I do prefer the bolder shades that we have frequently seen on Kris’ blog at Late to the Garden Party. To add a greater sense of ownership, I added three yellow-green stems of Cornus ‘Flaviramea’ now, along with its colourful neighbours, positively glowing in the shrub border. It’s hard to believe that all three plants are cut back to within a few inches of the ground every year.
The prop is a pack of playing cards, each featuring a different wild flower, as I was reminded of the card game ‘Cheat’ as I prepared this post, a game my brother excelled at when we were children. The cheating part involves placing as many cards as you can get away with whilst stating what you want others to think you are placing eg three tens. The first player starts by putting down as many aces as they have, the second player must follow on with twos, and so on; the object is to be the first to get rid of all your cards. If you are caught cheating, you have to pick up all the cards in the stack; if you are incorrectly challenged, the challenger has to pick them up. It’s good fun – or it certainly was, back in the days of wet family holidays when a child!
There have been many seasonally festive vases on offer at IAVOM in recent weeks, and although I have not managed one yet I did finally get a wreath on the front door during the week – perhaps there will be a festive vase here on Christmas Eve. Will you be posting a festive vase today? Whether festive or not, please share it with us by leaving the usual links. In the meantime I have still been enjoying the gradual opening of a bud of Lady Emma Hamilton from last week’s vase, and what a joy she is, with her soft apricot petals flushed with red. Sadly for you, the photo does not do her beauty justice….