Euphorbia: A State of Mind
When I bought it, the pot contained two plants, both growing near the edge of the pot. The plant’s owner said he had loaned it to a restaurant where it languished in a window for some time. The restaurant no longer wanted it so they gave it back to him. He no longer wanted it so he took it to the exchange. Nobody there wanted it so I took it home.
Before disposing of its somewhat degraded sister, I took a cutting and snugged it into a small pot so it could grow new roots and start over again. I then centered this one in the pot and added a top-dressing of black gravel, a couple of stones, and dried mint stems that had been stripped of their leaves.
The arrangement was arrived at intuitively with no servile adherence to realism or conventional beauty.
With many contrasts of form and color evident, this arrangement portrays a decimated geography, perhaps the result of fire, where one stately plant grows, calm and undisturbed.