Monday, May 22, 2017

In a Vase on Monday; frothy!

It all started with the tulips. Their vibrant wine color stood out against the common red, white, purple and yellow blooms in the grocery store display — of course they had to come home with me. I gave them the standard tulip treatment (plopped them in a nice vase, alone) but their dramatic color wasn't as rich without contrast, they obviously needed some garden accompaniment.

I'd been meaning to try a cut stem of Podophyllum peltatum, to see how they'd do in a vase. I definitely can spare a couple from the garden...

The Euphorbia amygdaloides var. Robbiae blooms are just about done, so I cut a couple of those too.

Then I remembered Denise's Bloomday comment about the "ground huggers with cumulus bloom displays" and thought I'd add a little "froth" with flowers from Saxifraga umbrosa 'Variegata'.

And since the rain was weighing down the Lupinus albifrons blooms I cut a couple of those too.

Wanting a bit more in the blue/purple range the Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' was turned to, once again.

Add a few sprigs of Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' and my hands were full.

For a container I decided to take down the Point Pot that had been hanging in the corner of our bedroom since I wrote about back it in February...

After all it's time to be taking that baby outside!

Since there's a drainage hole in the bottom (which is a very good thing) I tucked a tumbler inside to hold water. And yes a bit of soil is still in there too, it holds the glass in place nicely and since it's going to be planted up outdoors, I figured why not leave it?

The completed frothy mess went on the dining table.

Does "frothy mess" sound like I don't like it? Well I'm still not sure.

I love the tulips, and they do look better with the other flowers than they did on their own.

But, it's not really "me"...

Still, it's always fun to put something together, and they can't all be fav's! Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for more Monday vases...

Weather Diary, May 21: Hi 83, Low 52/ Precip 0

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22 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful arrangement. Don't know about the 'frothy' part, but certainly not a mess. I'd put it in my living quarters in a hot minute.

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    1. Well if you lived closer I'd bring it over to your place for you to enjoy!

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  2. I love that mass of Podophyllum with the Euphorbia, hosta, ferns and shredded umbrella plant(?) poking through. Some of your plants seem to have enjoyed all that rain you've received. The Point Pot serves well as a vase and I think the tulip and the Euphorbia are made for one another.

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    1. Yes indeed, it's nice to have something that loved the rain. I hope they aren't too shocked when it all ends!

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  3. The free-flowing relaxed feel of your "frothy mess" contrasts nicely with the straight lines of the point pot. But, it's not really "me"... actually means, "I'm able to design and create in a variety of styles."

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    1. And you sir are the master of compliments! Thank you.

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  4. I love it! And you are right about the Tulips needing contrast. I think it is "you" in the container you used. I can't imagine anyone else going for that quirky shape for this bouquet.

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    1. Ha! Yes, the container is certainly a counter to all the floral fluff.

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  5. Your 'frothy mess' has plenty going on and the tulips do shine out. I like it. I've been eyeing up my own saxifrage and it looks so pretty here, I'll have to cut some.

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    1. When I cut the Saxifrage flowers I absentmindedly left a few laying on a chair in the back garden. I found them the next day and left them there for a few more. They still looked fresh!

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  6. I love how you call it a frothy mess - and how you completely changed the perspective of the 'point pot' by using it in ths way. You have also prompted me to think of cutting stems from my similar saxifraga which I have completely overlooked for vases

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    1. Do it! It's amazing how well they take to being cut.

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  7. It is a very pretty bouquet, and I like that it's so relaxed and casual and romantic. I can see your point that it's not your usual creation, but like Peter said, it just shows your versatility as a designer.

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  8. It is a beautiful 'frothy mess,' Loree, but looking at your lovely, neat-as-a-pin house, I see how you might say it is 'not you!'

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    1. Ha! That's the magic of photos, the mess can be just out of frame.

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  9. I think it’s a delightful arrangement and I love all the interesting items you’ve added to the tulips. I like to pull things together from the garden, but I’ve never thought of including my euphorbia blooms! I have a lot of them right now, so I think I may find myself outside with the clippers tomorrow morning to see what I can pull together! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. You're welcome! If aphids are a problem on your Euphorbia be sure to give them a rise first. And sealing the end with a flame helps to control the white goo that wants to leak out and soil the water.

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  10. It's "not you", but it's nice. The Tillandsia added on the mat is very "you".

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  11. Not a mess but it's nice! Not your usual style yes but still stylish :)

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