In a Vase: With a Strawberry

a strawberry, violas and miniature roses for in a vase on monday

Today's vase is a smallish posy...

in a vase on monday

...with large-flowered violas and miniature roses...

miniature rose, viola and lemon thyme

...along with a sprig of lemon thyme.

lemon thyme

But the pièce de résistance is undoubtedly the strawberry, the first to ripen though the plant is still in its nursery pot.  This is the classic everbearing 'Ozark Beauty' - a safe choice here in Missouri.  I most certainly do not expect to leave this bright red berry in the vase very long; it may be unlikely to taste very sweet given its growing conditions, but I intend to try it anyway!

in a vase on monday

The miniature rose is an unknown variety.  I'm beginning to love it, whatever it is, for its rather sumptuous multiplicity of petals and rich color.  So far it seems vigorous and healthy.

miniature rose

I've used a small-mouthed pot in unglazed red clay to hold today's little selection of flower and fruit.  It's one I made shortly after our move to Arizona.  The lines round the pot are simply the marks left by my fingers in the wet clay as it spun on the wheel.  At the time I made this, I favored leaving maximum texture from the throwing process.  Most of my work now is a little smoother to allow the form and, in some cases, more deliberate surface decoration to predominate.  Just one of those little preferences that can change over time!  Who knows where my vision will be five years hence, but it is fun to sometimes take a closer look at techniques one has moved away from.

in a vase on monday

Do check the other posts linked to In a Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden!  So much garden beauty this time of year!

violas and a strawberry

Weather Diary: Rain with some thunder and lightning; High: 81 F (27 C)/Low: 57 F (14 C); Humidity: 47%-94%

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Libby (Tuesday, 07 May 2019 07:17)

    Love these colors, and the pot, of course. Interesting to hear the evolution of your hand work here and yes, who knows where these things go in a few years!

  • #2

    Kris P (Tuesday, 07 May 2019 13:13)

    The addition of the strawberry is a wonderful touch, Amy, and it complements the roses and pansies well. I'm glad you're finding beauty in your new garden.

  • #3

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Thursday, 09 May 2019 15:58)

    Libby - Style does shift as one keeps working - as I'm sure you know!

  • #4

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Thursday, 09 May 2019 16:00)

    Kris - I'd love to grow more fruit with the flowers - having the strawberries is a treat. ;-)

  • #5

    Cathy (Monday, 13 May 2019 03:39)

    What a dainty little pot, Amy - everything about is sweet except perhaps the taste of the strawberry!

  • #6

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Monday, 13 May 2019 11:50)

    Cathy - I am happy to say even the strawberry was fairly sweet after ripening one more day in the vase! ;-)