In a Vase on Monday – berries and fennel

For a couple of years now, I have seen blog posts roll by, partaking in a wonderful blog meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, called ‘In a Vase on Monday’. The idea is that you can have an arrangement generated from your garden every week of the year.  I’m usually working, and generally not organized enough ahead of time to participate, but today is the day. I’m in! I may not have the most faithful attendance record, but from now on,  I’m going to at least try. It’s a fun meme, and offers both a fun challenge and an occasion for creative attempts. So, in the aftermath of the total solar eclipse we just enjoyed, here is my offering:

A small arrangement of Corokia cotoneaster, bronze fennel, the pesky berries of Arum italicum (should have cut them all off while I was at it) and Fatshedera leaves.

I see now I should have wiped the vessel clean of sloppy water drops. Oh well, next time – learn as you go… right?

Thanks for hosting such a fun meme, Cathy!




About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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8 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – berries and fennel

  1. Kris P says:

    It looks like you employed some of what you learned in those Ikebana books too, Anna! Welcome to the IaVoM club!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Kris! Yes, I was definitely inspired, but I have a feeling that any priest of Ikenobō would flunk me, as my attempt really doesn’t make much sense in terms of intention and adhering to the age-old rules. I bet my instructor would say it looks very much like something a westerner would do. Still, I had fun trying, and I guess that’s what counts. 😊

  2. Love it! I have one of those Arum italicum seed heads maturing to orange. It’s buried under some Hakonechloa and the only time I see it is when I water. The Hakonechloa flattens and the Arum italicum is visible. It’s been fun watching it change colors.

    I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Loree! They are cool, aren’t they? Like little traffic lights, going from green to red. I have to make sure I remove them soon, or I will have them everywhere!

  3. Beautifully arranged

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Nicely done! Warning: you may just find this meme addictive! I don’t so much mind the Arum berries as they look stunning with mondo grass and their foliage fills beds in nicely in the winter.

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