I was out for a run a few months ago and came across a box of assorted small jars and bottles left at the side of the road. The rust coloured stains on this one immediately caught my attention – a good friend is a ‘marker of cloth’ and her business is called ‘indigo + rust.’ – she finds fabric and spends a lot of creative time marking it with various things, in various ways, to produce indigo blue or rusty, burnt orange designs.. Then she sews the fabric into much sought after clothing, hats, bags…and much more.
The perfect companion to this rusty jar was, of course, the indigo blue blossoms of Muscari latifolium. I love how the tiny individual flowers are deep indigo near the bottom, then much lighter at the top. Also interesting is how different each flower can be. I paired the Muscari with three Leucojum stems (L. aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’) just now coming into bloom, and a few of the first flower stalks from the many clumps of chives I have around the garden.
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM and giving gardeners around the world an opportunity to share their floral designs. Have a great week everyone – and stay safe!