Today’s flower arrangement for In a Vase on Monday came together beautifully…in my head. My plan was to arrange Hydrangea in my artsy glass vase. The Hydrangea are fading, turning from pink to pale green to a creamy white. Their blooms are magnificent, even when dried. Yes, I thought, they’d be perfect.
I just couldn’t get it to work. The glass vase is long and quite narrow so a bit of a challenge. It’s beautiful though, so I really wanted to use it. After several attempts, I knew my mojo was off. Time to reach for my standby: a pitcher/vase from my friends Doug and Laura.
Since the stems were originally cut on the shorter side to accommodate the glass vase I had to improvise. I put a small, square jar on its side in the bottom of the pitcher, then added a second jar on top. Now I had the height needed,and could use less water to fill the jar.
A few sprigs of fern added volume and softened the edges. At last it all came together. The vase is on the deck, resting on my tie-dyed tablecloth, a project from a couple of summers ago.
I added a ‘prop’ as Cathy often does, a special volume of quotes and charming illustrations called The Sweet Life: Reflections on Home and Garden by Laura Stoddart. This charming book makes me smile whenever I open it. Thank you, Nichole.
Here’s the quote from a randomly opened page:
GWENDOLEN Quite a well-kept garden this is, Miss Cardew.
CECILY So glad you like it, Miss Fairfax.
GWENDOLEN I had no idea there were any flowers in the country.
CECILY Oh, flowers are as common here, Miss Fairfax, as people are in London.
Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) The Importance of Being Earnest
I constructed costumes for The Importance of Being Earnest many years ago, so lots of Serendipity here.
Special thanks to the Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for creating In a Blog on Monday. Thanks as well to Cathy at Words and Herbs for introducing me to the idea.
In a Vase on Monday creativity from around the world:
- Rambling in the Garden: Fire in the Belly arranged in the West-Midlands, UK.
- Words and Herbs: Arranging flowers in Bavaria
- Garden’s Eye View: Hot Scented July Blooms and Greens gardening in New York, US
- pbmGarden: Flowers from her sister’s garden, brought to you from Chapel Hill, NC, US
- Late to the Garden Party: Slim Pickings from Southern California, US
If I missed your vase, please post your link in the comments below.