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