Time after time, my Monday vases just fall into place – contents, vase and props – seemingly with little input from me and a great deal owed to serendipity, and today is one of those occasions. Starting with orange Dahlia ‘David Howard’, I planned to stick with autumnal shades and fellow Dahlia ‘Bishop of Landaff’, annual Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’, Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine and crab apples from Malus ‘Evereste’ quickly followed.
Searching for a suitably autumnal or earthy toned vase proved harder, with possible choices being too small for the number of stems. Quite by chance I happened upon this slip glazed mug or tankard, which has probably not received a second glance since it was purchased (and I couldn’t tell you when that was), but seemed just the job for today’s IAVOM. However, it was when I added the prop (a carved wooden pear, bought at a car boot sale for the criminally low price of 50p), and a metamorphic leaf from witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ that I realised how perfectly they all came together, a symphony of autumnal shades.
Perhaps there will be serendipity in your vase-making today – please share the results with us here on IAVOM by leaving the usual links.