In a Vase on Monday – cabbage, anyone?

With some bolting ornamental cabbage “blooms”, I finally thought I had something interesting enough to share on this fun meme; In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling In the Garden. Supposedly, the common name of this particular cabbage is “Stork Cabbage”. I still don’t know why… by now it’s certainly leggy enough to perhaps qualify for such a name. When I first bought it, they looked like giant white roses.

Here is what it used to look like, back in the autumn of last year.

I had five cabbage stalks, which was enough for two vases. I also employed a few marbled leaves of Arum italicum, and a lone broken off leaf from a variegated Stinking Iris – Iris foetida variegata. (Such a rude name for such a lovely plant, in my humble opinion.)

Here is the first arrangement…

… and here is the second.

A friend gave me this cool, yellow, ceramic pitcher. I’ve been dying to use it as a vase, and it is perfect for balancing these heavy, rangy cabbage stalks.

Maybe it’s its storky legs that gave Stork cabbage its name? Who knows, but now that I thought that thought, that leaf surely looks like an oversized Arum thong, don’t you think?

Closeup of the bolting beauty.

I really like the purple tinge that accompanies the bolting…

… and the little purple flower buds that are emerging.

Thanks, Cathy, for a fun meme!

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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14 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – cabbage, anyone?

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Quite a theme you’ve got going there, Anna! Over here, a thong is mostly something you wear on your foot (flip-flop) but we do have the other meaning too. I like the yellow vase too: it’s rather voluptuous and gives a nice balance to the ranginess of the cabbage stalks.

  2. Kris P says:

    The Arum leaf in the first vase makes that arrangement for me, Anna. I never think of placing leaves (or flowers) below the water line but it’s very effective. The cabbage is pretty in both its early rose-like form and its swan-song bolting stage.

  3. bergstromskan says:


  4. Peter Herpst says:

    I love the submerged arum leaf & both arrangements are a great use for your ornamental kale roses. Is that bone hanging in the first picture what I think it is?

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – I don’t know what you think it is, but it’s an old laundry bat. (I have a thing for old farm tools…) I suppose it would also make a great spanking tool, but – to my kids’ great joy – I have not yet used it as such. 😉

  5. Unfortunately I don’t get the pics on this one

    • annamadeit says:

      You know, I realized I just maxed out my space allotment on my blog. That is probably why you can’t see them. I’m investigating whether archiving some old posts will free up some new space… I don’t know exactly what changed – they were visible yesterday when I uploaded the post. Trying to figure it out – thanks for letting me know how it looks on your end.

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Wow! What a trip! They typically go onto the compost pile before they stretch like that!

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, they really pretty much WERE ready for the compost pile, but I thought they were kind of fascinating, the way their necks stretched out like that. 😀

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