In a Vase on Monday 14/9/15 – Butter Curls


Another simple vase from me this week showcasing the Kirengshoma palmata which is looking beautiful at the moment.  This is one of few plants that I would really miss if I was to loose it and I look forward every year to the first flowers appearing.  As I have said before on this blog the flowers remind me of butter curls.

I have added a bit of extra colour with some stems of Callicarpa.  I bought the Callicarpa a few weeks back from Hidcote Gardens and some of the stems are growing horizontally at ground level so need to be removed.  I think the purple berries pick up on the purple tones of the stem and base of the Kirengshoma flowers.


To increase the balance between the yellow and purple/burgundy I have put the stems in a burgundy glass vase which I have shown on here before.

I am rather pleased with the arrangement, it is quite simple but I think elegant and interesting.

For more Vase in Monday posts visit Cathy over at Rambling in the Garden

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

20 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday 14/9/15 – Butter Curls”

  1. Yes, definitely like butter curls in both colour and shape! I noticed your callicarpa was colouring up and am looking forward to mine doing the same – it is one of the things moved from a pot to the shrub border and looks set to thank me with lots of purpleness. It certainly makes a good combination with the Kirengshoma – thanks for sharing

  2. The butter curls are lovely, a beautiful delicate flower and I love the dark base and stems and how you picked up the colour with the vase and the callicarpa. Butter curls is a nice and more easily remembered name too!

  3. What a lovely and elegant vase. I was thrilled to see the Yellow Bells, a (not flowering at the time) plant that stumped me in a garden I worked on in June. I promptly emailed the owner as the mystery has now been solved. Thank you!

  4. The Kirengshoma is so lovely, seeming to spring from the leaves wrapped around the stem. The purple and burgundy really set off the yellow, such an elegant vase, and it looks wonderful set in the garden with the rocks and stone.

  5. Simple and elegant – a beautiful vase!! The Kirengshoma is a new plant to me – quite stunning. Your callicarpa has reminded me that I must go and have a root in my winter border and see if I have any of those lovely purple berries this year – fingers crossed!

    1. Oh that’s rather an attractive colour combination Helen. Kirengshoma palmata is one of those plants where I’m drawn just as much to the foliage as well as the flowers.

    1. Hi Linda
      The kirengshoma is holding up ok at the moment, but I only cut it Sunday afternoon

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