The Munstead Wood Rose has enjoyed the thorough drenching from the recent rains, as well as the great big mulch I have given the whole garden, and I could not resist picking some blooms. The colour is a deep red tinged with purple, and the smell wonderfully fruity.
The 'supporting' cast this week is some variegated leaves to give a contrast: Pittosporum Garnetti, Rhamnus alaternus Argenteovariegata, aka Italian Buckthorn, and Ugni Molinae 'Flambeau'. The Ugni's deep red stems but still with variegated leaves is an attractive addition. I had not wanted to cut too much as this is a new shrub growing in a pot.
The cloisonne vase was bought by my mother during her travels in China...it is a graceful thing, perched on its carved wooden base..a little too precarious though. When Mr S and I went to China quite a few years ago, we visited a Cloisonne factory and saw similar vases being made. There is so much work involved, and hard polishing, by people sitting on the floor in front of a row of grinders.
Some years ago the vase unbalanced and went crashing onto a hard floor and got 'bruised'. So it is now probably worthless, but it is still water tight and a lovely shape, and I remember all the hard work that it took to made the brass and enamel glow. I just turn it so that its best side faces outwards. Maybe a metaphor for my self?