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.
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