It is still freezing outside. We’ve had a week of temperatures peeking just above zero by early afternoon. Brrrr! On the plus side, there has also been day after day of brilliant blue skies! It was, however, supposed to be warmer by last weekend. Sadly the east and south of England are stuck in the grip of a high pressure system and icy weather. Our potting shed recorded a temperature of -7°C last night. (I’ve had to chuck loads of pots of dead cuttings away. Salvias and penstemons are going to be a scarce resource for vases this coming summer.) Right now even our snowdrops are bent double, touching the ground.
What could I use in a vase for today then? I went looking for twigs. Then, as I wandered around looking for material, I remembered that I am soon going to have to remove the contorted hazel from the front garden, in a re-arrangement of things for parking space.
So, it will come as no surprise that the twigs in today’s vase are hazel … of the mad, twisty, bendy kind.
They are, obviously, very tangled and proved terribly difficult to arrange 🤣. OK, I didn’t try, because even before that, the first hurdle was to get the twigs to stay in the vase! Each branch pushed in, tightened (or unwound) the rest, in ways I couldn’t predict. I resorted to using a heavy-based cut glass vase, with a flared neck to make the material easier to contain.
Then, it seemed appropriate to display the vase out in the frozen garden, in the sunshine. In fact, I decided that the frozen ice on the pond would make an interesting backdrop.
The pond is not completely frozen though, so I placed the vase as close to the edge of the ice as I could manage … Close to all the kinetic energy generated by water falling from a bamboo spout … to emphasize the chaotic nature of the contorted hazel. This proved slightly tricky, because the ice is full of bubbles and of very variable depth/strength at that point. Indeed, I managed to break off several chunks at the edge, until I got things balanced right.
So here is today’s, precariously balanced, contorted hazel vase, representing chaotic energy (as per title):
That was fun!
The vase is now back indoors, where I am hoping the catkins will continue to loosen up and cascade down.
I am joining Cathy@Ramblinginthegarden for her weekly In-a-vase-on-Monday challenge. Click on the link to see the outré material she has used in her vase today … I had no idea that you could do that to dahlias!!
Take care and keep warm!