Off the Wall

What’s on your wall?  Pockets?  Wall pockets, containers for holding all manner of flowers, have been around for ages.  In the golden era of ceramics, wall pockets were often more beautiful than the flowers they held and were hung to brighten any spot in a room.  Those above are made from ceramic and have a small opening at the top back which goes over a nail or other hanger.

Present day pockets are more often made of metal in serviceable shapes, more’s the pity.  They, too, brighten a corner where a vase of flowers won’t fit, though these pockets definitely need attractive flowers!

Japan has a long tradition of flowers on a wall.  Traditionally there weren’t tables as we use them, so flowers were often hung.  This wall hanging of simulated bamboo has a hook on which the woven basket (with liner) hangs.  Any floral weight shifts it to the side.  I have used pink orchids and added the grass to balance the line.

Close-up you can see the beautiful handwork of the basket.  This time using hydrangeas, it lies a little more vertical, and the grass has been looped back into the open weaving.

A long woven basket with a very small pocket hangs on this wall beneath a beautiful Arts & Crafts “S” letter plaque from the V&A Museum in London.  Variegated flax (Phormium tenax) echoes the warm color of the roses.

An old sap bucket with a beautiful sage color is the ultimate wall pocket.  Avoiding pumpkins (at least until October!), here are some lively, variegated mini gourds in great shapes and textures along with bear grass.

On Tuesday, walking in the main door at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Worcester MA, what do I find but outdoor wall pockets of sorts.  These happy succulents (sorry, no plant ID) fill a wooden rectangular frame.

Nearby its’ gigantic cousin was basking in the sunshine.  Notice the play of texture across the surface, combining several succulents in warm and cool shades of green.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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One Response to Off the Wall

  1. Alexandra Detjens says:

    Great selection! very interesting

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