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


20 Comments Add yours

  1. Noelle says:

    I like your choice: a very elegant combination, showcasing some fabulous plants. How long will these last?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Noelle
      An interesting question, I will report back on how long the flowers last.

  2. Cathy says:

    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

  3. Cath says:

    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!

  4. So elegant, Helen. It’s a stunning plant, grown to perfection thanks to your expert care.

  5. Helen that is such an elegant vase…the perfect vessel for the flowers…love the addition of the purple berries!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    You do right to be pleased with your arrangement – it’s lovely. Love the combination of yellow with purple. Butter curls – yes, exactly like them!

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    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!

  8. This Kirengshoma is new to me but definitely one to watch for. The combination of purple and yellow is lovely.

  9. Kris P says:

    Beautiful flowers and one of my favorite color combinations.

  10. Yes, a very simple and elegant arrangement.

  11. Hannah says:

    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.

  12. Brian Skeys says:

    I am still waiting for mine to flower, is it warmer further up the hills?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Brian
      Mine is quite sheltered and protected by a wall which might explain it

  13. Julie says:

    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. Anna says:

      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.

    2. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Anna
      It’s a lovely plant but takes some time to establish

  14. Linda B. says:

    The Kirengeshoma looks great in a vase. For some reason I don’t think of cutting it for bouquets, but clearly I should.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

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

  15. Kirengeshoma palmate is indeed a gorgeous plant, love the bouquet you created using it as a focus.

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