When I firstly expressed an interest in joining Cathy’s In a Vase for Monday meme, the Garden Rambler understood my dilemma of only being able to find flowers in the cottage garden for a few months and encouraged me to “think outside the box”. So while wandering around the garden and looking at early dwarf narcissi, muscari and scillas which were past their best, I spotted a magnificent flower spike in the corner of the herb garden.
I had a vision of a large rustic earthenware jug full of sprays of creamy white and pale pink flowers surrounded by crinkly vibrant leaves. That was a mere apparition, reality proved more difficult to achieve for this novice, ham-fisted, posy maker. The stems were too bent and thick to stand in the jug and leaned at very drunken angles. Not at all elegant and I very rapidly became impatient and grumpy, so it was back to the “stick it a jug style” again.
Flowers still interest me more than the arranging and I was fascinated by the contrasts in texture between the flowers and the leaves. Perhaps not a success but an interesting experiment? In fact the more I look at it, the more of a clumsy disaster it becomes – nice jug though.
I do not have the temperament or the time to become a flower arranger and I’m far too impatient to fiddle about with the arrangers paraphernalia. The vision is there in abundance alas the skill is absent. However, I will stick with it (unless Cathy tactfully suggests that I try something else) and there is a faint possibility that I may improve. I like having garden flowers in the house and participating in the meme has encouraged me to look at the flowers I grow in more detail and from a different perspective. It also gives me a opportunity to practice my photography, where there is also room for improvement.