Having had the nerines blooming in the Coop in mind for my Monday vase, I found myself also thinking of using one of my large shells, which then led on to thoughts of the sea. I have used a shell as a vase before, when the theme of the vase was ‘Birth of Venus’, but today my thoughts turned to the poem ‘Sea Fever’ by John Masefield – not that I am called by the sea, although I appreciate that some people are, but there are so many beautiful phrases within the poem, and I especially like…
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I know neither flung spray nor blown spume is pink, but nevertheless with a little artistic licence the nerines could easily pass for spray or spume, ably assisted by some frilly long-lost-label Japenese anemones and a few sprigs of white limonium. The stems were cut short and inserted into the shell, balanced on a baking ring (for mousses, crumpets, presentation, etc) to keep it upright, and the ring hidden under crumpled blue tissue paper. The same tissue paper was used as a backdrop, with a teeny boat as the prop (not quite the ‘tall ship’ of the poem!).
I had no idea where I was going when I started with the nerines and the shell but am fairly happy with the outcome, and find that the Monday vases have a habit of creating themselves, even ones that are no more than picked and plonked. If you have a vase to share today, created from material provided by your garden or round-and-about, then please do so by leaving the usual links to and from this post.