In a Vase in Monday: Dodecahedral

There were no preconceived ideas in my head when I ventured forth on my mission yesterday to cut blooms for Monday’s vase – if anything, I was perhaps expecting a posy of little stems, a mix of the best of the garden’s spring blooms. That was not to be, as I was drawn to a random wallflower, something I have occasionally grown from seed, but not for a few years, so this is certainly a relict. The buds are not open yet, but at the moment they are blood red, a fairly typical wallflower colour and not what I would have voluntarily chosen when sowing them.

Armed with this wallflower I was now looking for longer stemmed blooms to accompany it, and chose partially spent Hellebore ‘Double Ellen White Spotted’ with its faded but deep red spotted petals, or sepals as they really are, and three stems of Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’, bulbs bought 4 years ago to provide flowers for Younger Daughter’s wedding posy. Already looking elegant together, I decided on this occasion that ‘less is more’ and left my search at that, so was pleased to be able to enhance their elegance with a Caithness Glass vase I had forgotten I had, another of the original 60s art glass range in the ‘peat’ colourway which complemented the wallflower and spotting of the hellebores.

Joining the vase and the blooms is today’s prop, a dodecahedral garnet, a ‘dodecahedron’ being any polyhedron with twelve flat faces. A regular

dodecahedron has twelve regular pentagonal faces, three meeting at each vertex, and has 12 faces, 20 vertices, 30 edges, and 160 diagonals (60 face diagonals, 100 space diagonals). Garnet occurs naturally in this form and although irregular, most of the faces are still pentagons. I chose it because the blood red colour reflects similar shades within the vase, but then had to smile when I checked its healing qualities: amongst other things, it is believed to bring courage and creative energy, and assistance in times of chaos, disruption and emotional trauma… Enough said…!

What blooms could you find to help reduce the chaos and disruption that we are all facing at the moment? The regular habit of creating a vase on Monday brings structure into our week, a little bit of normality, so please join us if you can, adding links to and from this post.

ps the wind must have disturbed the arrangement whilst I was photographing it, so here is a belated view showing the wallflower and, sadly, the now-drooping hellebores (I thought they would be ‘spent’ enough to hold up well to being in a vase…)

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55 Responses to In a Vase in Monday: Dodecahedral

  1. jenanita01 says:

    I know my eyesight is not was it was, but cannot see the wallflower. Loving the hellebore though…

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  3. tidalscribe says:

    My three Mother’s Day vases are still doing well. One bouquet came in a flat box – that is a company that must be doing well in this time of isolation! After inheriting a pair of my aunt’s 1920ish vases ten years ago I have finally plucked up courage to actually put water in them and use them!

    • Cathy says:

      I have added another picture, so do check it out! Yes, these flat packed blooms are a great idea, and I am so pleased you have felt able to use one of your bequeathed vases at last!! Are you going to share your blooms with us?

  4. Looking for the wallflower. I have never grown them, so I’m not sure what I’m looking for other than maybe the dark red I can barely see in the back. You’ll have to show them again to us when they are open.
    Here is my contribution for the week:

  5. Jennifer Tetlow Stone Sculpture says:

    What a clever choice of vase, and stone!

  6. Bridal crown is another type of Daff I love. Interesting about your dodecahedron. I did not know that. I have flowers to join you today

  7. the running wave says:

    What a handsome vase Cathy! Very interesting and subtle, and delightful! I have a cabochon garnet in one of my seven rings which goes to make up my engagement ring, made for me by jeweller Clare Murray, back in the mid 1970s!! My vase this week is white, and a book to cast spells over all of us! Have a good week, stay safe and well enjoying your amazing garden! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda – your ring sounds most intriguing. I am also interested to see your spell book and wonder if some white magic might help us through these difficult times… 😉

      • the running wave says:

        The Spell Songs, and the book that inspired them, ‘The Lost Words’ by Robert Macfarlane and illustrator extaordinaire Jackie Morris, are both glorious! I listen to the Spell Songs CD, which comes with the book, instead of the news briefing from Downing Street every day! Much more enjoyable! Stay safe and well! Amanda

  8. jenmac13 says:

    Good Morning Cathy and all, I hope all are well in these particularly peculiar times.
    It’s been a long time since I put together a vase, but here’s one for today, containing a couple of snakehead fritillaries from bulbs put in last autumn, and euphorbia and grape hyacinths left by previous gardeners here in Frome… Stay safe everyone!
    Jen x

  9. Linda Casper says:

    I’m making a note the daffy Bridal Crown. Can’t spot the wallflower unless it’s that stunning foliage.
    Hope everyone is keeping well. Our gardens are a real blessing at this difficult time.

  10. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely vase Cathy! I reached out and touched the garnet dodecahedron for connectedness with you and to grab a touch of that courage. Sending good thoughts to you and your readers today.
    Thought I’d get a vase in last Tuesday but got busy in the garden. Feels good to be in the garden again. Thanks so much for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      I like the idea of you touching the garnet for connectedness and courage, Susie… thanks for your kind thoughts too. I am pleased you have been able to get in the garden again

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  12. Noelle says:

    A thoughtful post and we shall rally and find our inner strengths. I had peered into your arrangement and thought the dark coloured wall flower was towards the back and still in bud…but we see what we want to see. Mine is lacey:

    • Cathy says:

      Ah well , I suppose you knew me well enough to trust that if I said there was a wallflower there then there was one! I have since added an extra picture, so do have another look Noelle. I am sure you are right and there were will be inner strengths to find amidst the challenges of the next few months

  13. Chloris says:

    Well, I’ve learnt a new word today. Dodecahedron, who knew? You are ever inventive Cathy.You are helping us to keep count of the days with your lovely meme. It’s great to share our gardens and our flowers in these difficult times.

    • Cathy says:

      It can certainly be hard to track the days of the week without markers like this and I am glad it is of help, which it is to me as well, of course

  14. Cathy, thank you for hosting and your diligence in keeping up with all of us. Mondays would not be the same without you and it does lend a sense of normalcy to now. I love the peat colored vase and its contents. I never had Wallflowers, People were growing them as a winter annual here. I have a feeling I have a garnet crystal I need to find!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amelia – wallflowers tend to be grown as a biennial here, but they do seem to linger longer sometimes, in a straggly unattractive sort of way/ Hope you find your garnet!

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  16. Ha, I didn’t know that about garnet. Cheers! You are right about the order that regular memes provide in keeping our heads straight in these chaotic times. Thanks.
    I love that blood-red wallflower colour, it is the orangey-yellow ones that I am not so keen on.
    I’ve gone with daffodils today, partly because a fair number got blown over yesterday and needed rescuing. Here they are:

    • Cathy says:

      We certainly need some order in our lives just now and I am pleased to be able to faciitate this with IAVOM, Allison. That wind was SO cold yesterday, wasn’t it? We were out for our daily exercise and my poor ears knew I hadn’t worn a hat!

  17. Annette says:

    This meme is certainly a great way to focus on something positive in this crazy world, Cathy, and I’m glad I made it today. I always make little vases but don’t always get around to sharing them. Your vase is quite a “mouthful” – rather lovely and interesting information too. Love the velvety red of the wallflower. Hope all is well with you. Best wishes xx

  18. Cathy the flowers you have chosen are wonderful: blood red wallflower, Hellebore and Narcissus “Bridal Corona”. The vase is divine and combines perfectly with the flowers. I love the vase with the flowers. Blood red dodecahedral garnet is a wonderful complement for these times with its healing properties! Thank you Cathy for following Mondays with IAVOM, which gives the impression that nothing is wrong. Best wishes to the golfer and to you. Take care. Loving greetings from Margarita.

  19. Kris Peterson says:

    It is/was a lovely arrangement, Cathy and the garnet stone fits the time to be sure. Your description of the dodecahedron brought back memories too. Early in our relationship, my husband made me a terrarium and, in explaining the shape, clarified that it was a “regular rhombic dedecahedron.” Here’s my post:

    Best wishes and thanks for leading the floral charge!

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, good to hear that the post triggered memories for you, Kris – do you still have the terranium?

      • Kris Peterson says:

        Sadly, no. That was my husband’s first effort at soldering pieces of glass together. It started to disintegrate after 10+ years but I used and enjoyed it while I had it.

  20. Anna says:

    Oh is it already four years since you were busy with those exciting plans for buttonholes and posies Cathy? It seems like only yesterday. The wallflower is a most sumptuous colour. I wish that you could convey the perfume 😄 I can’t get my tongue round ‘dodecahedral’ but it is a most apt choice for the times we are living in. My vase this week here :

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I can hardly believe it’s 4 years, Anna. It’s interesting that photinia which I included in the buttonholes as an untested (and sadly unsatisfactory) last minute addition is in full new leaf now, and yet the wedding was at the end of April. The wallflower is opening now and I agree it is a tolerable colour 😉

  21. Alison C says:

    Those Bridal Crown are lovely. I think I have one tiny clump. It’s good to know they come back. I love the wallflower and the toning hellebore. Wallflowers are much underrated but so lovely at this time of year. Thanks for sharing and encouraging and educating. I do remember that word from school. which is saying something!

    • Cathy says:

      For some reason the Narcissi are dotted about the garden – they would originally have been planted in the cutting beds so I must have replanted them after they had flowered – could do with grouping them together.

  22. hi cathy – It’s a gorgeous calm vase. I hope all is well with you, the Golfer and the family in these strange times. I picked a vase today after months away from the blog – life got in the way but in a good way. I laughed as I’ve got hellebore and tete a tete in my small bud vase today. Here it is:

  23. Cathy says:

    The wallflower is a lovely rich colour and I can see why you chose garnet to go with it. Isn‘t it strange how hellebores sometimes stay looking fresh for days and other times wilt within hours.

  24. Very graceful and elegant! We’ve been quite windy around here lately, too, so it’s been a string of “bad hair days.” 😉 Your vase is lovely.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beth – I normally get my hair cut every 3 weeks (it’s very short) so will be having a bad hair day every day soon!!

  25. tonytomeo says:

    Garnets are more interesting than I am aware. It is the only stone that I have worn commonly since about 1992. It belonged to a now deceased best friend of one of my best friends.
    That poor dark red wallflower barely gets any attention in the background like that.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I felt sorry for the wallflower too but it had the last laugh as it looked good for longer than everything else. Interesting to read about your garnet

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