I wasn’t sure whether to entitle this week’s offering for In a Vase on Monday “Instant Replay,” “I’ve Heard That Song Before,” or “Play it Again, Sam.” So I decided to just keep it simple…both the title and the arrangement. Once again I put my Arranger to the test.
Not much has changed in my garden since last Monday’s vase (which is still quite presentable, by the way), but I am personally rejuvenated by the return of warmer weather and sunshine…oh that lovely sunshine. Warm and bright not withstanding, I must still resort to foliage if I am to be loyal to my commitment to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to participate in her meme each week this year. The pansies and the violas are coming around, but they just aren’t there yet. Some of you may recognize a few old friends in this arrangement.
In the cobalt blue container are Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia,’ rosemary, Nandina domestica ‘Gulf Stream,’ and Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow. The accent is a small group of cuttings from Cupressocyparis leylandii ‘Golconda.’ The aucuba cultivar ‘Crotonifolia’ is making its first appearance in this series. It was banished to the “hospital” in the woods several years ago when it was languishing in one of the borders (too much sun, perhaps?); it has recovered and is thriving in its new location.
‘Golconda’ ‘Ascot Rainbow’ ‘Crotonifolia’
I moved the arrangement to another location in seeking different lighting and found the results rather pleasing.
The 1974 woodblock print is “Tasteful (No 6)” by the late Rikio Takahashi (高橋力雄 ), an acquisition we made when we lived in Tokyo. My Arranger, true to form, suggested just the right location so that the arrangement and the print complement each other.
Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what others will be sharing this day.