When I read last week that today was going to be the fifth anniversary of the first IAVOM I could hardly believe it; time certainly flies when you are enjoying yourself (as they say).
Firstly a huge thank you to Cathy for thinking up this meme and secondly for encouraging us all to produce vases even when we think we have no flowers in our gardens to pick. So often the wandering around in search of material means I discover a hidden bloom or a treasured plant is beginning to flower for the first time that year.
Today’d challenge was to produce a (not) in a vase. It was a challenge to even decide what exactly is a vase. I often use vessels that are not intended as vases but anything that holds water and a plant is a ‘vase’ to my thinking. So I discarded ideas of using bottles or troughs or in fact any kind of dish. I thought of creating a wreath but didn’t really have the materials I needed.
Then, for the first time he has ever really shown any interest, my husband suggested using a piece of bark from around the logs he was just bringing into the house for a fire tonight. How could I not follow this up when he even offered to prise a piece of bark from a nicely rounded log.
Materials used include Melia berries, stems of Cotoneaster, Eleagnus with its wonderfully perfumed flowers, Rosemary, Sedum flower heads and green and orange Chrysanthemums.
I used florists’ pins to hold the stems and a tray that holds a tiny amount of water, so I’m not sure how long the arrangement will last.
Again a huge thank you to Cathy and happy anniversary to everyone else who joins in this amazingly supportive meme. Do click through to see what everyone else has found to use as a (not) vase. Here’s to the next five years!!!