A heart of red roses...

Freshly picked from the garden are the most 
impossibly red roses, 
and as I arranged them in my beloved Alvar Aalto vase,
the thought struck me that they resemble a heart.
A little early for Valentine's,
but beautiful in any season! 
The Savoy vase was designed by the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in 1936,
for a competition at the Paris World Fair.
He obviously figured his name would be a hindrance,
so the little vase was entered anonymously.
And it won.

No surprise then, that this hand-blown vase 
has never come out of production,
and is featured in many design museums.
Mine was a gift about 10 years ago,
and it has dutifully trotted along
on my many moves.
The roses, alas, have more of a mystery to them than the vase. 
I bought the plant from a rose nursery in a "mystery dip" lot 
because the tags had come off. 
So I have no idea what variety they are.
But they provide endless blooms of muskily scented vermilion indulgence, 
and are truly worthy of the iconic vase.

images: blue fruit

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