In a Vase on Monday: Bobby Dazzler

I have mentioned the inferior hippeastrum in the Coop, which are not what they should have been, but I also have a better quality one which was purchased from Peter Nyssen and which I paid more for but is a bigger bulb. Called ‘La Paz’, it is also true to its advertised description: a ‘true exotic Cybister Amaryllis producing around 4-5 narrow spidery flowers per stem, each flower has a soft wavy edge with contrasting mid-veins’ (not that I know what a Cybister amaryllis or hippeastrum is!).

With two more stems emerging, I could generously afford to cut this first one, which I was thinking of incorporating into some kind of ikebana arrangement, but vase selection dictated otherwise, suggesting keeping some of the height of the stem and utilising a tallΒ  slim vase with a rectangular profile. The stem was held in place with clear glass pebbles and stems of Choisya x dewitteana ‘White Dazzler’ added at the base of the hippeastrum stem. Buds on the choisya are just beginning to open and are known for being sweetly scented, but I wasn’t prepared for the fragrance of the foliage, which is aromatic and perhaps reminiscent of rosemary. I don’t think I have used it in a vase before but aside from the fragrance of flowers and foliage, the leaves are really attractive too.

Lacking bling of any sort, I was at a loss for a dazzling prop until I remembered this sparkly scarf, a necessary accessory to one of the outfits I am expected to wear when performing as part of my ladies’ barbershop choir – along with trousers (argh!), black (argh!) trousers at that – the only downside to something that brings me a great deal of pleasure.

Props are not necessary for Monday vases but nevertheless can add a bit of je ne sais quoi, so if you would like to join us without or without props, just leave links to and from this post so we can share in the pleasure you get from creating your own vase – I know I am going to get a lot of pleasure from mine.

ps checking back on a post from March last year, I was reminded that the tulips I used in last week’s vase had also appeared last year, so shouldn’t really have been the surprise they were!


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28 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Bobby Dazzler

  1. The Amaryllis is really pretty.

  2. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely! What an interesting Amaryllis. It’s beautifully staged with the Choisya at the collar of the vase. Have a great week, Cathy, and thanks so much for hosting!

    • Cathy says:

      Collar, yes, that’s what it looks like! I am quite chuffed with the result as it was a really long stem and of course once you start cutting it there is no going back, so I dithered for a little while

  3. Oh that’s an absolute showstopper Cathy! Name noted for future reference. I bought two bulbs last autumn from Rose Cottage Plants, again spending more than purchases from a supermarket cost – one produced four flowering stems! The only problem was finding a pot big enough to plant it in. I like your choice of a choisya underskirt. Nothing wrong with black trousers – my go standard daily wear πŸ˜‚ I would feel at home in such a choir as yours if only I could sing. My vase for this week is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the bigger bulbs seem more likely to have more stems and I have had 4 from a PN bulb before…no sign of a fourth on this one though. At least we don’t need to conform in our weekly practices, and we haven’t performed since pre-Covid, so the trousers just sit in a drawer, and the black shoes (aargh!) sit in the wardrobe. Certainly no black anywhere else… 😁

  4. Noelle says:

    I may not some fancy pants Amaryllis or even plain back trousers, but I can say your arrangement is sufficient for a big tah dah! Sung of course by yourself, as my squeaks would be sufficient to make any plant to curl up its toes. Here is my vase:

  5. I like this one and would not have thought that was a Amaryllis. The Choisya sounds wonderful and like an interesting scent. What is it about black trousers?

    • Cathy says:

      It’s a beautiful flower, isn’t it? Just wondering now whether I ought to make the effort to keep it for another year… Oh, and I don’t wear trousers (except leggings for exercise classes) and I don’t wear black – so a double whammy… πŸ™„

  6. Kris P says:

    I’ve grown ‘La Paz’ in the past and wholeheartedly agree that it’s a dazzler. I’m glad you’re enjoying it – and that it’s brought you more pleasure than the other Hippeastrum in your Coop. Here’ my post:

    Thanks, as always, for hosting!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it’s clearly worth paying more for bulbs like this. I will ‘complain’ to the seller of the others though, as at least two of the four are not what they should be, and one has only produced leaves

  7. Donna Donabella says:

    I am bowled over by those blooms. They really are a Bobby Dazzler…and I love how you captured their gorgeous style in the vase. Perfect. Still cold, wet, gray and some snow now and then….very much like early March here instead of April, but a few blooms braved it all for a couple of small vases.

    I Wonder As I Sonder

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Choisya had been such an old fashioned genus. It does not perform well in arid or semi arid climates farther inland, but I sort of wanted to try it in the landscapes in the redwood forests. Both the white bloom and foliar texture are compatible with such landscapes. There is a bit of the old Choisya ternata here, but it does not thrive. It is interesting to see that cultivars of it are regaining popularity. It is possible that some of them could be happy in our landscapes. I am unfamiliar with yours.

    • Cathy says:

      This choisya is highly recommended, Tony, and a great do-er here in the UK

      • tonytomeo says:

        and NOT variegated with yellow! Most of those that I have seen in the nurseries are variegated with sickly yellow. We may get some just because they would look right for a particular situation, but I still dislike the. White variegation looks healthier. I prefer no variegation.

        • Cathy says:

          And this foluage is really pretty – I wonder if it is available in the US?

          • tonytomeo says:

            It could be, but because I so rarely get to nurseries, I do not know. The last time that I looked at Choisya, I saw none of the old common sort that I would prefer, and was actually looking at two cultivars with yellow variegation. I am still none too keen with them. They just happen to suit a particular situation at work.

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  10. Cathy says:

    That must be the amaryllis I admired in your End of Month post. Fabulous! The word ‘snazzy’ comes to mind, and the scarf is the perfect prop. A shame you have such a strict dress code when you sing. Aren’t skirts allowed? I’m the opposite and live in jeans, or shorts in summer! I know Choisya smells lovely, but haven’t had a whiff of any for some years now. Here is my vase for today:

    In a Vase on Monday: Daffs

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, this would have stood out in the Coop!
      The dress code would only be for performances, but it was weird going out and buying trousers as I haven’t worn them since I was about10, and I don’t wear any black at all! I dont actually wear skirts any more either, since post menopausal body changes – just dresses. Barbershop choirs who compete are really strict, with very specific dress codes and make up requirements too, so we are far less formal than that – thankfully 😁

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  12. Cath Moore says:

    Hi Cathy, Lovely display. Coincidental that you mention Ikebana because that’s what I’ve linked up.

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