The more simple and 'common' the material for my vase, the more I feel that I have to find something to say about it which may be unknown or 'uncommon'. Its been rather soggy and frosty over the last few days, and maybe it was because of this, we felt like a walk down the lane to enjoy some low summer sun. In Somerset just along the boundary between the Mendips and the Levels we have hedges and ditches and banks of evergreen Harts Tongue Fern, with ivy and other twining plants growing in the hedges. Now the hedges are more or less leafless the outline of trees and longer views are a delight. Being of short stature this is a bonus, where normally I have to stop at gateways, as a contrast Mr S being tall can normally forewarn me that a great view is coming up.
When I found that one of the old English regional names for Ivy was lovestones, I knew I had found the title for this week's arrangement. Also it is just right because I love stones too. Whether it is at the coast, or along a lake, or river, or just on a walk, my eye is drawn to pretty stones.....Just as my eye was drawn to the ivy in the hedgerows.
Ivies are wonderful for wildlife, it flowers late in the season, offering up their late nectar to nourish the last of the flying bees, bumblebees and hoverflies, and the berries too are enjoyed by the many birds here.
Upclose the geometry and texture of the flowers is interesting. Although this is the wild ivy, I do have a variegated ivy in the garden, not shown here, and enjoy the wide variety of shapes and forms in this family.
'up beat' edition of In a Vase on Monday, so do go and see what others have come up.