Monday brings an opportunity to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.
I offer today’s vase as a thanks for the many get-well comments and inquiries I received while recovering from an unexpectedly prolonged winter flu. Time seemed to be the remedy, assisted by homemade soups and other comfort foods, tea with honey, and lots of sleep.
Five pots of cyclamen helped lift my spirits during this time. So undemanding, nearly year-round they bloom and bloom and bloom. Several of these plants are a decade old. The flowers of this plant have joyous rhythm and personality in all stages. I never tire of watching them unfold.
Today’s simple vase features a couple of cyclamen flowers, one red and one white, along with one of the variegated heart shaped leaves. I placed them into a glass Riedel espresso cup. On the saucer a few sprigs of sedum suggests a change in texture while reflecting the red and green hues from above.
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (Angelina Stonecrop), 3 sprigs