I have been looking forward to using this vase for some time, as I will explain in due course.
Into its shell-like interior I have placed Limonium ‘Purple Attraction’, ‘Rose Light’ and ‘Pink Pokers’, and clary ‘Pink Sundae’ and ‘Oxford Blue’. Having picked a similar grouping for a posy for my Elder Daughter during the week I knew the combination (chosen to survive a 2 or 3 hour journey back to her home) worked well, although I didn’t think to include the Pink Pokers in hers. I have sown the latter for the last 3 years but this is the first year I have actually had pokers and not pink worms that grovel around at soil level – all down to the netting, I believe. I even had to cut the terminal poker off this sprig as it was taller still than the others!
But, you may ask, why the pencil pot and why the pencil crayons? Well, the vase came from The Pound Shop (costing, not surprisingly, £1) but happening to glance at the till receipt I noticed that for some bizarre reason it was listed as a ‘pencil pot’…yes, really! Of course it could hold pencils just as well as it could hold blooms but, realistically, would anybody look at it and think ‘That’s a nice pencil pot, I’ll have that’? I of course looked at it and thought ‘That’s a nice vase (and it only costs £1), I’ll have that’, and I did!
So feel free to pop your blooms into your pencil pot or jam jar or any other handy receptacle and share it with us here at IAVOM, where the blooms will undoubtedly give you pleasure for several days or even a week or longer, as the zinnias, rudbeckia, amaranthus and scabious retrieved from last week’s vase are still doing, as you can see below:
ps as an afterthought to this post and to clarify, the ‘pencil pot’ is ceramic with a lustre finish