The month of August is about to vanish so I wanted to complete some ideas that have been hatching in my head for awhile. As is often the case, some of these ideas are unorthodox, because unorthodox conceptualization brings me joy.
The first project I’ve been itching to take care of relates to a mid-20th century Kenwood bouquet vase manufactured by Shawnee Pottery Company. Rather than fill the vase to overflowing with lusterous blooms, why not park orchids within it instead? Interestingly, the final result is reminiscent of postmodern design.
The approach to the Royal Haeger “shell” vase is much more conventional. The use of a faux palmetto leaf serves two purposes: to act as a structural mechanical, and to reflect the ridges of the vase exterior. Pink themed floral elements provide gentle contrasts to the yellow-green glaze of the container.
An injection molded resin, discount store vase that was modeled in a faux neo-classic style seems to be an odd choice to use for a succulents’ mini container garden. That’s the entire point of this exercise. We normally expect more earthy, simple styles for container gardens. Anyhow, I enjoy tinkering with pint-size container gardens. That, in and of itself, is rather unorthodox, too.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the first President of the modern Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin. “It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.”
These displays might be unorthodox, but they look absolutely great.
Thanks for the critique.