Well, I’m not terribly satisfied with my effort this week. Tulips and daffodils are officially done for the year (the last of my Narcissus, last week’s Poeticus, started to fade on Saturday and by yesterday afternoon not a single one had a fresh looking flower). I could have filled a jug with fragrant and gorgeous lilac, peaking this week here in Prince Edward County, or a tall glass vase with the first of the tall bearded Iris, or even a half dozen Purple Sensation Allium. Instead, I wanted to use this smallish ceramic vase and fill it with contrasting and complementary colour. The result, to my eye, is fine when you focus closely on individual pairings, but as a whole, not so much. Sorry!
For my ikebana vase this week I chose a very short Allium with a large flower. In the garden the flower head of Allium karataviense ranges from just a few inches to almost the size of a grapefruit, and its stalk is rarely more than six or eight inches tall. I paired it with some Gallium odoratum – Sweet Woodruff – and a few sprays of the forget-me-not. I think I need to either take these ikebana shots before the sun hits the window or move the vessel somewhere else. Oh well – live and learn!
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM and giving gardeners around the world an opportunity to share their flower designs. Have a lovely week everyone, and stay safe.