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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, April 25, 2016

In A Vase On Monday: Indecision

For a few weeks, the pink/purple tulips and the foliage of Persicaria 'Red Dragon' have been begging to be combined in a vase.  Due to our recent warm weather, Chelsea Chop time for the latter came early this year so there was a lot of it available.   Then the red, white, and green parrot tulips really looked smashing so they were going to come in this week.  For them, I chose this feathery vase, a cast off from my friend, Sandy.  Also a small cloth embroidered with a parrot and other colorful bird props came out of the hoard.

However, when I went outside, the wind and rain had done quite a job on the purple/pink tulips which were now all akimbo, some flopped over on a path where they would surely be stepped upon if not staked.  Tulips in bondage  are so sad so out went the parrot tulip idea and back came the purple/pink combination thought for which I might have chosen a different vase, and out went all of the parrot props. Sometimes we make a decision but fate throws tulips on our path and tells us to go with an original thought.

Outside, with the sun shining through it, this foliage is a beautiful shade of wine red that would perfectly compliment the tulips.  Inside, it looks a bit brown.

The idea of a simple arrangement containing only this one foliage and the tulips was discarded as the result was heavy, oppressive, and needed something airy or grassy to lighten things up a bit.

 Bracken fern and golden variegated bamboo joined the somber duet and livened/lightened a bit.

The tulip stems did NOT want to cooperate at all and kept flopping wherever they wanted to.  The whole thing ended up being a bit lopsided to preserve the view of the half-naked winged cherub (or is she a fairy?)  on the left. The pink flower on the bottom is made of seashells and came from Tom's trip to Mexico.  It got added because it was sitting nearby and was the right color. 

Then again, maybe the parrot tulips would have been a better choice and the  pink tulips in the path were a simple coincidence. However, once a decision is made, there is a finality and the rejected choice lies forever unexplored. By choosing one, the other is eliminated.   What does she think who holds the whole thing together?

I'm facing a choice in my life between two equally appealing options, one easy, comfortable, and familiar, the other a bit of a change, a new challenge, and a bit unknown.  Indecision is difficult for me.  Like this arrangement, I'm a bit scrambled and unsure.  By this evening, I've promised a decision and am hoping that something will be blown across my path today to tell me what to do.
In a Vase on Monday is sponsored by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Click here to see her vase and links to those of other participating bloggers.

20 comments:

  1. What does she think as she holds the whole thing together? She thinks making decisions are hard for most of us. I hope the process isn't too daunting; I'm sure you'll make the right one.

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    1. The best part is that both options are good!

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  2. Like the final effect, especially the viridistriatus foliage! As for the decision, I've made the difficult choice leaving my comfort zone several times, and have not regretted a single one. Not saying that's what you should do, but there's a rejuvenation that comes with breaking free from the comfortable sometimes.

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    1. You're right, sometimes a change and challenge are just what one needs to rethink things. On the other hand, I'm old and enjoying being a curmudgeon set in his ways. Hard to change and do that at the same time.

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  3. Good luck on making your decision. I can sometimes be terribly indecisive too, especially when I know my decision will affect others. I love the blown-about look of the tulips.

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    1. Thanks, Alison. It was another quick throw together but fun. If there were any way I could do both and still be one person that would be great.

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  4. Listen to your gut...the decision or truth as I call it lies within....I think your choice was beautiful and I love the unique display you created out of the challenge!

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  5. Good luck with your decision; sometimes one thing can change our lives in wonderful ways. I love the wayward tulips so good choice for me.

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  6. That arrangement is just perfect, so voluptuous! I recently had to make a difficult decision myself. Unfortunately I let the worrying stage drag on far too long and put myself through more stress than I needed to. Glad you've fixed yourself a deadline.

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  7. Yes, and make sure the decision is right for YOU, even if it is not what other people want. You will feel so much better once it has been made....

    Thanks as always for sharing your thought processes - always fascinating to read the reasonong behind our vases. In this case the girl is propping up a most pretty collection of blooms and foliage...

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  8. Your whole post seems like a dance to me - fun! www.daffodilwild.com

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  9. I'm impressed by tulips of any kind so the arrangement looks fabulous - as well as exuberant - to me! Best wishes with your decision. I was once counseled to flip a coin, assess my emotional reaction to the coin's selection, then go with my heart's call, as no one should allow a chance and a stupid coin to make important decisions.

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  10. It worked for me. Very nice finale arrangement with the purple cloth. Love the vase.

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  11. What a nice way to tie together your vase adventure with your current life choice. I often contemplate the thoughts of choosing paths. There's no going back once the choice is made, and the decisions usually works out well. But I often think it would be fun to write a fictional story of what would have happened if I'd taken the other path. Good luck with your decision. I absolutely love the whimsical nature of your arrangement...love it! I'm thankful that you chose those floppy pink tulips. :)

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  12. Oh, Peter, there is such beauty in your creations, and in your words. Good luck with your decision.

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  13. I'm sure you make a right decision Peter. Love your bouquet of tulips!

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  14. Your tulips look divine, Peter, but my imagination is striving to envision the parrot tulips... The cherub seems quite playful, I have a secret to making decisions, I ask my husband what he thinks as a backboard to bounce the idea off of, and tend to go with the opposite, which drives him crazy. But he anticipates my hidden agenda so is free to say the opposite of what he thinks... mind games.

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  15. I really like the addition of the bright green foliage! Purple and chartreuse always go well together.

    Best of luck with your decision. I'm struggling with potential life choices myself, at the moment. I think I've made a decision, but doubts and second-guessing are constantly sneaking in to poke and prod at my peace of mind. Perhaps once I actually put my decision to action, they'll quiet down.

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  16. I'm sure Yogi Berra had something appropriately silly, yet profound, to say about decision making. Sounds like you can't go wrong, either way...nice problem to have. Your cherub's problem is trying to remain cheerful while holding up all those gracefully cascading tulips.

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    1. Just thought of it: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Real helpful, huh?

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