Again I dithered; it would be so easy to cut tulips again, but then there was the cow parsley and that white lilac garden escapee I had been admiring on our walks – and the many other contenders in the garden too, small and humble maybe, but I did so want to give them the chance to shine…
…so, after extolling their virtues yesterday, I went down the small and humble line and started with a sprig of Astrantia ‘Star of Beauty’ and some stems of an anemone flowered aquilegia – the latter does not have spurs and may not be instantly recognisable as such. Plucking a nearby heuchera leaf, probably the ubiquitous ‘Palace Purple’, things began to take on a slightly sultry appearance and a spent stem of Hellebore ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ was also cut to emphasise this. An anonymous pulmonaria crept out of the shadows to join the gathering, along with Geranium phaeum ‘Raven’ and some innocent-looking Galium odoratum. A solitary spike of Persicaria ‘Superbum’ (or whatever its new name is) makes its presence felt and three seedheads from Fritillaria meliagris add a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. The final touch is courtesy of the blooming tendrils of Hardenbergia violacea plucked from inside the Coop.
In the absence of inspiration for any kind of sultry prop, a chevron amethyst palmstone was brought into service, linking the purplish tones of the Caithness Glass vase with the slightly sultry contents. A combination of amethyst and quartz, mixed together in a chevron pattern, this kind of amethyst is believed to combine the strengthening and enhancing qualities of quartz with the stress relieving qualities of amethyst.
Sometimes it has been difficult during lockdown to remember what day of the week it is, but a Monday vase acts as a reminder and brings an element of normality to our lives. If you would like to do the same, just find something from your garden or foraged nearby and share it with us, in or out of a vase or other receptacle, and leave links to and from this post.
Sometimes the contents of a vase will outlive the week, as did some of last week’s glitzy contribution, shown below alongside a posy of Winter Sunshine sweet peas.