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 tall 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!