I came home from work to find this single stem of ‘Firecharm’ sitting on the table on our front deck. Richard had found it broken off and simply stuck it in a vase. I couldn’t think of any way to improve on its simple elegance.
The mask box is from Indonesia. It has slits in the eyes and nostrils, making it a perfect receptacle for potpourrie and a nice foil for the blazing leaves of the Euphorbia.
A close-up reveals complexity not apparent at first glance.
The single stem is a dramatic departure from the jumble of a mixed bouquet. If you click through to Rambling in the Garden, you will see a very different approach and links to many celebrations of the connection between garden and vase.
You’re right sometimes what we want or need is simplicity; I wish I had this Euphorbia in my garden.
If you can’t find ‘Fire Charm’, ‘Dixter’ is almost identical.
“A close-up reveals complexity not apparent at first glance”… as it is with many things in life.
I do appreciate this approach to a vase. Why toss a broken (or pruned) bit from the garden when you can bring it inside and enjoy it? Props to Richard for saving this pretty stem.
More and more, I’m enjoying single stems to appreciate all by themselves. Isn’t it funny how we can often take a simple statement about the garden and expand it to cover so much more.
Simplicity can really open our eyes, can’t it – love the colours of this Euphorbia and I am glad it was rescued and put to good use. 🙂
The deer are always knocking off limbs, etc. I try not to let them go to waste.
That warm red color is wonderful!
Thanks, Kris…we’re even cooling down to the point where warm is good.
This is beautiful. Good save.
Recycling takes many forms.
Great stem and foliage color.
This needs to be moved and I am [pondering where the garden could use a blaze of color.
Yes, it looks perfectly at home, and it’s good to see that Richard getting involved in IAVOM too 😉
Well, only tangentially, but R has a good eye.
Love this! Simple complexity/Complex simplicity?
Your appreciation is appreciated, Peter.
Nice! It’s interesting to see how red it is. The one I have planted is pitifully green compared to yours, indicating not enough light to really strut its stuff. I guess that means I have yet another plant that needs moved into more ideal conditions. Sigh…
I was surprised (pleasantly) by its redness.
that’s lovely, and the mask-box makes it more special.
Thanks, Hoov…it was so simple that a prop seemed necessary.