I really tussled with the title of today’s vase, but in the end have gone with my gut, the fiery contents eliciting snatches of the classic hymn ‘Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer’ and the fiery cloudy pillars it refers to, supposedly guiding us through life. Instead of the plain and simple ‘Fiery’, ‘Strong Deliverer’ recognises the instant impact the contents made even when they were first cut, the fiery shades of Dahlia ‘Art Deco’ complementing the burning embers of Antirrrhinum ‘Classic Liberty Scarlet’. Glowing colours of Bupleurum longifolium ‘Bronze Beauty’, Calendula ‘Sunset Buff’ and Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’ add to the strong delivery. Would additional material have added more impact? I am not sure…
When it came to assembling the vase itself, I had to cut an alternative dahlia stem as, bizarrely, in the three or four hours between cutting and assembling, the first stem had completely collapsed and was lying limp in the jug it was being conditioned in. I thought for a moment I must have forgotten to add water, but no, it was filled nearly to the brim, so what had caused this is a real puzzle. It will be interesting to see if it revives later – or if the second stem suffers the same fate!
The vase itself is a frosted glass vintage specimen, which came with its own impractical glass frog, replaced with a metal one for the purpose of this arrangement. Perhaps a lighted candle, a fiery pillar of sorts, would have made an appropriate prop, had I not already chosen to include one of my most tactile crystals, a hand-carved piece of carnelian, with its fiery highlights.
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