In a Vase on Monday: the Ink is Black, the Page is White

Rambling in the Garden

The ink is black
The page is white
Together we learn to read and write
A child is black
A child is white
A whole world looks upon the sight
A beautiful sight

I unexpectedly noticed the delicious looking berries of  Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ last week and immediately visualised them in a vase with the contrasting white berries of the ‘devil’s plant’ Symphoricarpos albus. Once picked, I couldn’t keep the lyrics of  ‘The ink is black‘ from going round and round in my head,  hence the title; after choosing the background colour, however, these thoughts were replaced by the joke ‘What’s black and white and red all over?’ (a book/newspaper), but that potential title will have to wait for another vase.

The reference to writing made the choice of vase and prop easy – a little glass inkwell and vintage fountain pen. I am sure the pen…

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