With so many things coming into bloom for the first time this season, I planned to throw as much as I could at today’s vase and the title came to me on one of our daily walks, all the more appropriate because of the glamourous nature of some of the potential occupants.
Central to the ball and providing much of the glamour and the glitz are Allium christophii and parrot Tulip ‘Victoria’s Secret’, the latter a clump planted some years ago which regularly reappears, unlike most other tulips that have been planted in the borders. Lesser dancers are a single specimen of fringed tulip ‘Blue Heron, similarly reappearing, bluebells from our woodland, stems of Brompton Stock bought on impulse as plug plants when ordering winter pansies last year, deep blue-purple aquilegia, spent blooms of Hellebore ‘Harvington Double ‘Lime’, and foliage courtesy of Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ and Euphorbia oblongata.
A search for a glitzy vase proved unsuccessful and having chosen a plain but chunky rectangular glass vase instead I proceeded to cut the stems down so much that the vase was barely noticeable anyway. Holding the stems in place in the vase were little pebbles, such a useful and environmentally friendly tool, like the glass pebbles of last week. The prop is a black fringed and sequined scarf, an accessory to one of the outfits worn by my ladies’ barbershop choir when performing – not being one for glitz and glamour myself, the scarf normally stays in the drawer between performances.
Our Monday vases range from simple wild flowers in a jamjar to more glamourous offerings, from blooms plonked to blooms artistically arranged stem by stem. All are welcome and all will bring pleasure to the creator and to the wider IAVOM audience, so please consider joining us, leaving links to and from this post so that we can find your creations and share in your joy.
ps I don’t know at what point the glitz degenerated into blitz, but I suspect Victoria was the culprit, although she’s keeping schtum…