For the Vase

We had ferocious, 30-knot winds Wednesday. All night the old wooden house was buffeted and storm-tossed, creaking and groaning like she was about to slip her foundation moorings. The wind chimes clanged like alarm bells.

I couldn’t sleep past 4 a.m. because I just had to check for damage. No trees or big branches were brought down, but there were some stalks of alstroemeria flattened, so I cut them for a vase.

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I rarely rob the garden to cut flowers for vases. The lavender was a gift from my neighbor last night. The only other bloom is a single stalk of the gladiolus ‘Atom,’ red bloom rimmed in white, which was stubbornly growing to face away from view, so it got the chop too.

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The morning was absolutely still, not a breath of wind, and there had been a light rain during the night. Perfect.

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Today I used a stick to redirect more lax alstroemeria stems off helpless neighbors. Did this last summer quite a bit too.

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A beautiful, rambunctious plant, with lots of blooms for the garden and lots to spare for vases.

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(But never turn your back on it, and keep a sharp eye out at all times.)

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There’s going to be lots more vases ahead for these lilies of Peru.

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1 Response to For the Vase

  1. Grace says:

    I love the Alstros. They’re just gorgeous!

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