I might have missed the portion of the narrative that talks about it, but what is the raised cluster of flowers gizmo? Are they a holder for cut flowers or some torture device?
It's a custom-built show-display which contains open tubes for the stems to grow through. This type of Allium is quite unique and patented by a single grower in the North-West of the Netherlands. He obviously likes showing them off.
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