I have never created a vase of such gigantic stature before, for a variety of absences – lack of particularly tall plants, tall vases and a place to display the finished article, not to mention that excessive height can be a little daunting to a shortie like me; this no longer applies to people, I hasten to add, although it did when I was a self-conscious teenager. Today’s humongous vase is therefore now sitting uncomfortably in my usual vase spot in the kitchen.
I have mentioned the sudden appearance of the camassia before, for such is the flower stem in today’s vase. I think one or two may have shown their faces the year before, but now there are about 8 flower stems. They will have been bought from Peter Nyssen where I buy the majority of my bulbs, but not in the last 5 years which is why their sudden appearance is all the more surprising. Also surprising is their height: Camassia lechtlinii ‘Semiplena’, which is what they must be, would normally grow to a height of 70-90cms, whereas this stem (cut as near to the base as possible) is a whopping 137cms (40″)!
Adding another stem of the same could easily crowd out whatever vase I was able to find, so instead I cut a leaf of stately native male fern Dryopteris filix-mas, stately but at 112cms ((44″) not a patch on the camassia. Both had to have their ends lopped before being held in place in a £1 car boot bargain Caithness Glass vase with its typical heavy bottom with some clear glass pebbles, giving a finished height of 102cm (40″). I had intended the
camassia to be placed directly in front of the fern but, having put the water in first, I kept misjudging how much would be displaced by the pebbles and had to keep emptying some out, disturbing the stems. Turning Isaac Newton’s metaphor on its head to give the title, there is a teeny tiny and rather embarrassed looking teddy standing at the base of the giants in the vase.
If you can find some material in your garden of whatever size to pop into a vase or jamjar or other receptacle today, then please do share it with us by leaving links to and from this post. Props are welcome but by no means compulsory!
And note the strange multi-layered nature of the petals in the close-up shot below, giving the appearance of camera shake: