In a Vase on Monday: Cut and Dried

I picked up a wispy silver birch branch from one of the Golfer’s newly swept paths during the week, intending to put it in our green waste bin but, looking at it more closely and admiring its shapeliness, decided there could be mileage in keeping it for a Monday vase. It was then I noticed the first signs of lichen on it, a sign of clean air I believe, further commending it – good to know we live in a relatively unpolluted area,

Also attracting my attention this week was a fine display of catkins on a young hazel growing in our neighbour’s hedge, a sprig of which has joined the silver birch in today’s vase, a twisted black ceramic glazed vase, yet another car boot bargain from my unnecessarily large collection of vases. Suddenly finding the dried heads of Allium ‘Summer Drummer’ which had been misplaced, I tried one of them in the vase but quickly rejected it for its lack of grace and finesse, choosing instead to place one head at the base of the vase. The dense tightness of the dried heads is one of the few things that recommend this variety to me – it is just SO tall, and gawky with it, flowering much later than other alliums and later too than the peak summer borders. producing heads completely out of proportion with their stature. The catkins had already shed much of their pollen on the worksurface where they were first placed, so the unloved allium head is the only prop today.

Fresh or dried, wild or cultivated, flower, fruit or vegetable, anything goes on IAVOM, whatever you can find in your garden or forage locally and plonk in a vase or other receptacle, or display on its own. To share it with the wider IAVOM community, just leave links to and from this post.

ps I am happy to announce that Benny’s little pink dots from last week’s IAVOM opened after a few days in the warmth of the house

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18 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Cut and Dried

  1. Chloris says:

    Birches seem to discard their branches with gay abandon in winter. They are graceful. I used them for a garland for Christmas. Lovely and elegant with the hazel. My vase this week is a bit nuts and I have used some hazel too .

  2. Anna says:

    Oh what serendipity to find that birch branch but how dare it besmirch the Golfer’s freshly swept paths? πŸ˜„ The catkins are beautiful Cathy. No vase from me this week – the spirit is willing but the flesh is still weak but I will enjoy visiting IAVOM posts.

  3. the running wave says:

    Lovely things Cathy! Simple is so often the best! I love silver birch trees, their shining bark and graceful branches. Amanda

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Catkins are one of nature’s amazements. Nice to feature them alongside the birch. Our river birch has lost many branches over the past weeks from wind. Didn’t realize the significance of lichen. That’s interesting. Branches in my vase today as well. Thanks for hosting Cathy!

  5. I love the colors and composition of the first photo, very wintry and muted. And the catkin color is another favorite, not sure what to call it! I used a similar found object today,

  6. Kris P says:

    So that’s why I never see lichen here! ;( Your arrangement is both graceful and befitting the season. I love catkins, another type of plant I haven’t managed to grow. Thanks for hosting, Cathy, and here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh dear, your air quality is not good, is it? Nature does wonderful things to ensure plant reproduction and catkins certainly make the job easier!

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Dried agapanthus blooms work like the dried allium bloom. For the daring, they can be spray painted.

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