It may be cold outside, but it's Monday and that means it's time for the first vase of the new year. We treated ourselves to this Japanese-influenced container just in time for the holidays.
It's one of many beautiful creations by Richard Jones of Studio Paran in Madison. We found it at the always alluring Abel Contemporary Gallery in Paoli. I would describe this as an Ikebana-type container made of darkened bamboo with a hand-blown glass insert that rises above the top of the bamboo.
I filled it with evergreens and berries for a festive holiday look. Then I spent the rest of the evening thinking it just wasn't the right arrangement for such a spare container.
The very next morning I ran out into the garden (it wasn't so cold and there was no snow on the ground) and took a cutting from our bamboo, Fargesia rufa 'Green Panda'. I replaced most of the evergreen foliage with this stem of bamboo.
If you look closely at the photo below, you can just see the rounded and carved ball on the bottom of the glass container. It sits inside the bamboo so that its curved edge peeks through the opening.
To see what kind of vases other gardeners have put together this morning, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this Monday meme.