The wild “Solomon Seal” flowers have probably thrived in the grove of trees for many years. I only discovered several of the plants because the angle of the sunbeams through the tree branches created a spotlight effect upon them. My first thought was that they were lilies of the valley. The shape of the tiny flowers nixed that notion. The discovery brought me such joy that I paused my chores, at the boundary of my property, in order to enjoy the view.
While assembling some floral projects, I remembered the “Solomon Seal” plants. So, I walked over to the trees with scissors in order to harvest one stalk. I checked it over for insect pests and dirt, then brought it in the house. A Viking Glass swung vase filled with sugar-water became its final home.
The fire-orange Gerbera is the oldest fake flower in the house. I bought it sometime in the late 1990s. I’ve placed it in various jardinières throughout the years. It’s always been on display in one room or another as a personal prank to myself. Today, it’s nestled in a heavy brass jardinière that was made in India during the British Raj period. A contemporary marble objet d’art, carved in India, completes this simple still life.