Monday, 15 April 2019

In a Vase on Monday - A rolling stone.....

Yesterday I spent an hour or so trying to judge what I would cut for a vase.  There is not much during this in between time in the garden.  One little job I had been meaning to do is make up some little Kokedama balls with some of the rooted cuttings of Crassula Ovata Gollum.  With their moss these little balls roll around...but you can squidge them into standing uprightish!  It was another IVOM contributor who first tickled my interest: Sandra D of Wild Flower.

 Crassula Ovata Gollum as Kokedama

The rolling stones posing alongside on my stone top table, are true volcanic bombs from a Volcano that was active during the Silurian period.  I collected these from on bench in Moons Hill Quarry where they had rolled down after the last blasting.



On a previous geology field trip we explored a cutting where the moss laid thick.  A few handfuls were gathered to make the Kokedama.



Further along on the walk we came across a 'prehistoric' cliff along which the sea used to lap....the fields have long been managed organically, and although this was a geology field trip, I was on the look out for emerging wild flowers.


Yesterday I did cut and stage three stems of Daffodil Hawera at the Annual Wessex Daffodil Show.  Our gardening club helps out with the show, and there is a section for the 'local amateurs'.  My there stems were rewarded...but even after a short trip in the car journey, the pollen seem to attack my brain...so the flowers were left with a neighbour.  I was very generously given lots of tips for as to what makes a show worthy daffodil


Cathy who hosts this meme has a much more airy fairy arrangement this week..do go and see...well worth it: first sweet pea flower of the season!

5 comments:

  1. Oh how wonderful to see your Kokedama pieces! I'm so happy that my small gift has sparked a family of succulent delights. Congratulations on success with your daffs.
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    1. The daffodil society judges were quite complementary and thought they may have hooked a future exhibitor...but I don't have the space!

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  2. I love the kokedamas and I'm impressed that you gather your own moss to make them, Noelle. These are becoming more and more popular here (I saw some at our local cactus and succulent show just a week ago) but I very much doubt any of the moss used here is sourced locally. Congratulations on the award for your daffodil arrangement!

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    1. Thanks Kris...we do have a lot of moss in this area. A couple of miles down the country lane are ancient peat beds and dykes full of sphagnum mosses growing. It was not so much the arrangement but the quality of the blooms that form the criteria in this competition.

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  3. Noelle, the kokedamas are interesting. I love the mossy scene where you gathered your moss too. Congrats on the award in the show.

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