Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Monday Vase on Tuesday: Simplicity Itself
Yesterday I was working furiously on a painting and could not grab time for a vase; my garden time went almost entirely to watering: a daily excursion at present and a fairly rigourous assignment as I still feel the garden is too sparse to warrant laying out the soaker hose. (Which is already waiting in the garage!) This morning I was determined to put a vase together, but it had to be done rapidly as I was off to get an oil change at the auto repair shop. Simplicity was of the essence.
I had been debating clipping back a stem or two of the beautiful crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia "Rhapsody in Pink") planted a few weeks ago. The intention is to train it as a small tree; therefore some of the stems must go. But it was a mistaken cut that took two of the little branches this morning: I only meant to cut one as I have no idea whether it might stress the plant badly to prune it much in this weather! Hopefully not; and the deed being done, I set the two stems in my earthenware jug and photographed them.
Cathy's meme, where there are many other summer vases to be enjoyed - Cathy's being a wonderfully cool selection for a rather warm day!
By the way, the stems did not last long cut. Does anyone have recommendations for conditioning Lagerstroemia for cutting? I split the stem ends as they are so woody, but I did nothing else. It's such a beautiful thing - flowers and foliage both. I would love to be able to use it for future vases... sometime next spring, perhaps...!