It occurred to me recently that there were a number of things in the garden that just got with things without making a fuss – and without ever appearing in a vase on Monday either – and all the contents of today’s vase fall into that category. It was the wood aster Eurybia diverticula and sprawling clematis C jouiniana ‘Praecox’ that triggered these thoughts, so they were my initial choice, their star-like frothiness giving rise to the title, and they were quickly joined by often maligned Alchemilla mollis and ethereal and wispy grass Deschampsia cespitosa.
This clematis is a cross between a herbaceous variety and a more vigorous climbing type, and can be difficult to accommodate as it has a bit of an identity crisis, not knowing whether to sprawl or climb, and not making a success out of either. I once made the mistake of describing the blooms as a dirty lavender colour and was roundly but good naturedly ticked off by fellow bloggers – but I still stand by my description! Blooms of the wood aster somehow give the appearance of being a dirty white, so when I reached for one of my favourite vases with its grey-blue colour to temporarily pop the snippings into until I had time to arrange them later in the day, immediately I felt that they would be at home in it. Not only that, but having literally squashed rather than even plonked the contents into it, when I returned later I decided that they were already arranged as much as they needed to be, with height from the deschampsia and a stem of eurybia artful dangling in the foreground. Even the foliage of the clematis did not look out of place.
For extra frothiness a little whisk was the ideal prop for this very much plonked vase, showing that IAVOM needn’t be more than just picking and plonking and maybe throwing in a random prop for effect. If you would like to pick and plonk with us today, or even create a grand arrangement, just find some blooms or other material from your garden and leave the usual links to and from this post. I guarantee it will bring you pleasure!