In a Vase: Simplicity

When I picked the contents for this vase, I expected to add, cut, rearrange, and so forth.  But when I looked at the way the Heuchera leaves and Narcissus flowers were distributed from my initial plonking, I liked it so well that I decided to leave it. I cut one Narcissus stem a little shorter and slipped it back in where it had been.  The whole vase had a warm Ikebana effect that was just right for the table.  

in a vase on monday, heuchera and narcissus

The original inspiration actually came from the budding stems of Heuchera "Carnival".  The flowers aren't open yet, but they already create a dainty, lacy look.  And the large leaves are as spectacular as many a flower.

heuchera Carnival

Two of the last little yellow Narcissus went in alongside them.  N. cyclameneus "Rapture" has been an unqualified success this spring--early, bright, very attractive with that distinct cyclameneus form, and sweetly fragrant.


They are almost entirely finished for the season, and buds are just breaking on some of my later Narcissus, so the timing was about perfect.

narcissus cyclameneus Rapture

I used my dark-glazed stoneware "ink pot" bottle, which I made some years ago and like to use for bouquets with thin (or few) stems.  Its simplicity complemented the overall effect.  And the cloth under the vase is one which I wove.  Its light gray color is a blend of darker gray and gold threads, plain woven.

in a vase on monday, heuchera and narcissus

Please pardon my late IaVoM post!  I have been trying to get two separate posts up for days and perhaps this blogger just overloaded a bit!  Linking to the weekly In a Vase on Monday post at Rambling in the Garden...


...and hoping to post shortly about a spectacular new iris!


And, also belatedly, hoping all of you have had a lovely Easter Day despite the strange situations so many of us are dealing with.  Stay safe as we gardeners enjoy the reassurance of growing things!

in a vase on monday, heuchera and narcissus

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Cathy (Tuesday, 14 April 2020 15:56)

    Weaving as well, Amy, I don't recall you mentioning that before! How creative you are, and I love the simplicity of your vase today - it is perfect in its minimalism. Thanks for sharing it

  • #2

    Kris P (Wednesday, 15 April 2020 10:10)

    You vase provided a lovely nod to spring, Amy. Weaving too! I'm impressed. Best wishes.

  • #3

    Cathy (Thursday, 16 April 2020 14:53)

    Just perfect, Amy!

  • #4

    Amy@small sunny garden (Sunday, 19 April 2020 09:51)

    Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - Weaving is a craft I'm fascinated by, though I've never mastered it at all. So glad you enjoyed the vase! :)

  • #5

    Amy@small sunny garden (Sunday, 19 April 2020 09:53)

    Thank you, Kris - I don't usually think of Ikebana for my spring bouquets, but it did seem to fit this time! Must try my hand at weaving again; it's such a beautiful craft!

  • #6

    Amy@small sunny garden (Sunday, 19 April 2020 09:54)

    Cathy@Words and Herbs - Thanks so much! :)