We were having some people over for dinner this past weekend and I wanted to put together a fresh flower arrangement but with the heat and lack of rain, most of the irises were way past their prime and none of the other candidates were ready yet.
I grow garlic and chives in my garden. Each year I have to deal with removing the garlic scapes and chive blossoms to direct more of the plant’s energy to the bulb instead of the flowers. Most years I just leave them lying in the garden path. I’ve tried eating them but I find the garlic scapes to be pretty fibrous and not very palatable to my taste but the chive blossoms are tender and are a welcome addition to stir-fries.
The scapes and blossoms, though, are beautiful. The scapes emerge as slender stalk with a stiletto-like blossom at the end and then start to curl into a pig-tail like whip. The chive blossoms just shoot straight up with a Kremlin “onion-dome” bud at the tip. They seemed like worthy substitutes for the more usual garden flowers that might go into an arrangement.
So, instead of leaving the scapes and blossoms in the garden path, I tried to do something more aesthetic with them. Now, I’m not trained as a flower arranger, but I think I have some Japanese inspired impulse in me. The vase in the photo is a contemporary form from Bizen, Japan intended to hang on a peg rather than stand on a flat surface (although it can do that too).
Is it ikebana? Probably not according to any Japanese tradition but for a hot day in New Franken I think it might just pass.