The first is a slot-necked pocket vase that was handmade by artisans in Ecuador using a wax-resist technique that results in textured glazing. After seeing Cathy at Words and Herbs sunflower vase a few weeks ago, I remembered this one and wanted to feature it.
Slot-necks are tricky to use because the stems tend to flop left and right with few left in the middle. I fixed the problem by using dried hydrangea blossoms (H. ‘Annabelle’) to hold in place the yellow and salmon zinnia stems (Z. ‘Profusion’). Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) provides a nice harvest accent. The rusty tea towel and orange-tinged seashell compliment the arrangement.
I picked dried seed heads of daylily (Hemerocallis sp.) and yarrow (Achillea millifolium) tucked in with more hydrangea. Experimenting with contrasting live green material, I used the fern-like leaves of cecily (Myrrhis odorata) and a small sprig of goldenrod (Solidago sp.). The hand-carved wooden cat was given to me many years ago by my son.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes.
Her suggested theme this week is Simplicity or Abundance. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.