And now for something completely different, a vase constructed from Lego!
As soon as I saw the Lego Botanical Collection featured (in a small way) in the RHS monthly magazine earlier this year it went immediately to the top of my wishlist; my wish was granted when Elder Daughter gifted me the above Flower Bouquet at Christmas – well, not the bouquet, but the 756 Lego pieces required to make up the constituent parts of it. I took my time, usually constructing no more than one bloom or leaf in a day, thoroughly enjoying the fiddly and detailed process – definitely Lego for adults (recommended for 18+)!
The designers have made a brilliant job of translating the various shapes and colours of bricks (many used in alternative colourways for other completely different models – car bonnet or petal of Californian poppy anybody?) into recognisable blooms, most with articulated petals to allow nearly closed buds or almost past their peak blooms. Can you recognise what they are? Clockwise from the left: antirrhinum, daisy, Californian poppy, lavender, aster (I like to think of the latter as scabious, which it closely resembles too) and rose.
Lego was first created in Denmark in 1932, the name being derived from the Danish words meaning ‘play well’; I played well over a number of days creating today’s bouquet and then rooted in the big box of Lego in the loft that my Now Very Grown Up Girls played with in their younger days to construct today’s prop, a rather evil looking girl looking for blooms in her garden to pick for IAVOM (I couldn’t find a happy face, most of the bodies having been decapitated, leaving their heads rolling around in the bottom of the box…). Once the week is over, the prop will be returned to the loft as the Grannie Day grandchildren are not quite yet at the age to play sensibly with Lego.
The stems of witch hazel in last Monday’s vase lasted right up to Saturday, but this week’s vase should last a little longer. There are many options for Monday vases, even when we don’t have fresh blooms in our gardens or foraged nearby – twigs, leaves, berries, dried flowers, houseplants or even Lego. All can bring pleasure to the creator and to those who pop into IAVOM, so please consider joining us, leaving the usual links to and from this post if you do.
Spoiler alert: with an outstanding birthday present to choose, I decided to indulge my recent pleasure and have ordered the Lego Botanical Bonsai Tree…