Sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you got me wanting you
I don’t think zinnias haven’t been the main feature of any of my Monday vases this year, so the sunflowers I had intended to use will have to wait for another week. A mixture of Purple Prince, Orange King and Benary Giants, the zinnias make such a bold splash of colour and it seemed appropriate to feature my newest prop with its equally bright colours alongside them.
I have always found pleasure in these little toys* when I come across them, and decided some time ago that I really needed one of my own, if only for an IAVOM prop – but probably also for my amusement in an idle moment! But what would you call them? I searched eBay for ‘articulated toy figure’ which brought up Action Men and the like, so added ‘wooden’, then tried ‘press-up’ and finally ‘traditional’, before finding this one, listed as ‘Traditional Wood Wooden Classic Push Up Press Puppet Toy’ – so now you know what to look for if you want one too!
The spherical glass vase was not my first choice, having immediately and instinctively gone for the
bright cheeriness of my yellow spotted jug and photographing it in readiness for writing the post, before deciding that there was something unsatisfactory about it. I also included Rudbeckia ‘Rustic Dwarves’ in the first vase for a splash of yellow, but they were past their best and beginning to look a little bedraggled after being handled, so I removed them for the revised vase. Comparing both photographs now, I am fairly sure I made the right decision.
What might you be able to find in your garden to feature in a vase or jamjar on this last day of August? If you would like to share your finds with us, please leave the usual links to and from this post.
* for those who have not come across similar things before, this little figure is strung together and the moveable base has a spring which means when it is depressed, the figure will bend in different ways, depending on how you press it, giving hours/minutes/seconds of entertainment… This flower fairy version seemed the ideal choice for me.