In a Vase on Monday: Flung Spray and Blown Spume

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.

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28 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Flung Spray and Blown Spume

  1. So many beautiful ad evocative elements in this post. ❀

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  3. I like this one, very creative and I love the shell as a vase. I think flung spume is pink at sunrise! Your Nerines are wonderful. Here is my vase this Monday, thank you for hosting.

  4. I just loved the poem-and the shell/vase – an oh, the flowers are magnificent, too.

  5. Noelle says:

    I loved reading through your post today, and went down the rabbit hole, reading the poem and then about John Masefield. It was a poem that my mother knew by heart, no wonder as Masefield was Poet Laureate when she was at school. I can confirm that the flung spray during the sunset in tropical coral seas would have these colours Cathy. Here is my IAVOM:

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Noelle – when I reread the poem I was surprised how much of it I remembered, even though I wouldn’t say I ever knew it by heart as your mother did. Amelia was also mentioning the colour of flung spray in tropical seas, so perhaps I was intuiting this when I linked the nerines and the poem… 🀣

  6. Kris P says:

    Well done! I admire how how carried the theme throughout. I’ve had a problem growing Nerines but the first flower of an Amarine (a cross between amaryllis belladonna and Nerine) just bloomed in my back garden; however, I couldn’t bring myself to cut it. Maybe next time πŸ˜‰ Thanks for hosting and here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Kris – and I would be very unlikely to cut a flower like these either if there was only a single one! Hope your amarine bulks up for you πŸ‘

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Your vase is quite inventive and pleasing. The Nerines are elusive here but yours look great. Shells have great appeal. Hope you have a good week Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      And of course the interior of the shell is pale pink which reflects the shade of the nerines, not that anyone can see it!! 😁

  8. Su says:

    Lovely – the pinks in the flowers and the shell complement each other. The nerines definitely are spray-like!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Su – it still surprises me how my Monday vases seem to just fall into place sometimes πŸ˜‰ Thank you for visiting πŸ‘

  9. Your imagination never ceases to amaze me Cathy! I’m in awe πŸ’What a splendid vesssel that shell makes holding your flowers and the pale pink and white flowers are a beautiful soothing combination. I fell in love with that poem in the last years of primary school when we our teacher (my dear Dad) introduced our class to it. Later on I came across his ‘Cargoes’ which is another favourite poem. My vase this week is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, thanks Anna! 😊 Your Dad taught you ?! Gosh, how was that for you? Perhaps at primary school it wouldn’t be such a thing… Strangely, I didn’t discover this poem till my 40s and first knew Cargoes as a song with my secondary school choir – both contains snippets that often pop up in my mind at random moments, as poetry does, of course πŸ˜‰

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  11. Cathy says:

    Ooh, that is beautiful Cathy! And that is one of my favourite poems…. I remember learning it off by heart in my schooldays! The effect is most definitely seaspray and foam. Very pretty! Here is my vase for today. Have a great week Cathy!

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    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy, it’s strange how inspiration strikes sometimes… It has been interesting to note how many people the poem resonated with

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my! Almost completely white with barely any pink! Well, I do like white, although I sort of expect Nerine to be bright pink. You know, I saw Amaryllis belladonna with white bloom in a catalog, and now I want it, even though it seems weird to me. I do not even like Amaryllis belladonna.

  13. Horticat says:

    Beautiful subtle nerines, Cathy, their colouring is reminiscent of the interior soft pink of a seashell. Lovely. We usually see the bright pink or orange variety here and they seem to enjoy the baking they receive in our hot summers.

    My quick effort is a little late today and is a bit gaudy compared to your subdued arrangement πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      It was only in hindsight that I realised the connection in colour between the nerines and the shell interior.The nerines are just ordinary N bowdenii, but do seem paler than others

  14. Annette says:

    Such an original idea, love it! Hope the seas are not too rough and you can enjoy your vase for some time. My nerines haven’t flowered so far this year. I think I must move them to a sunnier spot.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette. The nerines have lasted a good week and presumably would have lasted longer if I had picked them in bud instead of mostly open. Mine are in the Coop which is NE facing, so tends only to get sun in the mornings, otherwise perhaps mine would do better

  15. So inventive! Love the shade of the nerine especially.

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