There is an icy cold wind this morning, but the sun is shining. I went into the garden with my secateurs with no idea whatsoever what I would find to put in my vase to join with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden this week.
I knew there were still lots of Chrysanthemums but when I have picked them I have hated their heavy, dense form and their uniformity of colour – boring is what sprang to mind. However they have been flowering for some weeks now and time and the cold nights have had an effect; there is much more difference in tones now and many of the flowers are fully open giving them a different aspect.
Their stems are very long, but despite my best efforts of staking them and using pea netting to keep them upright, they are flopping over the path. A flash of inspiration! I would use the large carafe vase which is actually quite difficult to use because it needs a lot of flowers to look balanced but has a very narrow ‘waist’. The long stems of the Chrysanthemums with masses of divided stems above might work very well.
I used just pink Chrysanthemums with one stem of a larger flowered white and silver foliage of Senecio.
I know that it is hard to imagine scale when looking at photographs; the width of this arrangement is 85 cm and the height 80 cm; it makes a bold statement.
The vase below is the vase I first thought would be my only arrangement today; I knew the green Chrysanthemums were coming to an end and I wanted to use them one last time; I also thought that the lime green would work to hold the mix of other colours together.
But the vase isn’t balanced so that although the lime green Chrysanthemums do a good job of combining pink, orange and red zinnias and the Salvia horninum, overall the vase is disappointing.
I was surprised to find one stem of Alstroemeria flowering and wanted to enjoy it rather than it be damaged by the frost predicted for tonight, it’s colour was reflected by some of the Zinnias, I added some lavender for contrast.
Have you been surprised by what you found to pick today? Do visit Cathy to see her surprise flower this week and vases from across the globe. Have a good week.