In the very early days of IAVOM I posted a vase entitled ‘Spike’, which I described as the ‘simplest and easiest and somehow the most satisfying of vases on a Monday so far’; since then I have put together many other simple, easy and satisfying vases but not one exclusively based on the seedheads of Japanese anemone as that one was.
Looking around an increasingly spartan garden I was drawn once more to the anemones, their demise delayed not only by a lack of time to tidy the borders but also an already overfull compost heap. Now staking a prominent claim on the winter garden, the striking cornus in the shrub border were sufficiently spiky to join the anemones for today’s vase, with green, red and fiery stems of C sericea ‘Flaviramea’, alba ‘Sibirica’ and sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ respectively.
The spiky stems were inserted into a small piece of biodegradable floral foam cut to fit the opening of a rectangular blue ikebana dish, the anemones’ remaining foliage clustered around the joints of their stems attractively covering the base of the arrangement and the foam insert. In the absence of a hedgehog in any form, the spiky prop is my pincushion, bought from a Chinese import shop in the mid 70s because it reminded me of one which my Mum used to have (and probably still has), although having lived in China as a child hers is likely not to have been made for export, unlike mine. The pins and needles residing in mine have been inserted into the mock seams, idly rearranged during a phonecall when the pincushion was to hand.
Winter vases can be a challenge, but sometimes the often limited material can be an advantage in focussing the mind and this is the case today: I am just as happy with this simple spiky vase as I would be with a big and blowsy summer confection. Will you be doing ‘simple’ today too? If you would like to share your Monday vases with the wider IAVOM community, just leave the usual links to and from this post.