One of my friends bought me a quirky little vase for Christmas; made out of opaque white silicon and with a flat back, it sticks to smooth surfaces. “You will either love it or hate it,” she said, and although my reaction was more of a ‘like’ rather than ‘love’, I was certainly looking forward to giving it a try.
Keeping the contents fairly simple, I chose two sprigs of Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ (as always, cut from low growing or crisscrossing stems) and one of Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’, placed the dampened vase on the cleaned and cleared (of various fridge magnets and important odds and ends) side of the fridge, filled it with water and added the stems…oops!
Even assistance from the Golfer, holding the vase in place till the last minute, was not enough to stop the vase peeling off the fridge within seconds, and after two or three attempts I admitted defeat and photographed it without water, for which it obligingly stayed in place a little longer. Thanks Friend, I enjoyed receiving the quirky present but sadly it failed** to live up to its expectations…
A quick alternative vase was selected to host the stems for the rest of their viable life, the white Caithness Glass vase chosen to contrast with the dark-leaved pittosporum. Natural daylight gave better results than the original photo, but does the vase look better sitting on the wall, or nestled among the greenery of the sarcococca?
Have you some stems or sprigs of greenery or other foliage to pop into a vase today, along with any winter flowering blooms or stray summer remnants? If so, please consider sharing them with us on IAVOM by leaving the usual links.
**Friend contacted me after reading this post to tell me hers has remained attached in situ for a week, so I am just going to have to try again! It seems