Longing for those lush bouquets of spring and summer blooms, dripping with peonies, hydrangeas, and rhododendrons??? Are you out in your garden, wondering why all you see is green? For many of us, a great bouquet of flowers includes bold floral colours, often in multiples, with many heady and showy blooms popping out. Tough to gather this ideal arrangement up when all you see outside is green.
Well…embrace it I say! Why not make an arrangement out of what’s left in the garden? Lots to choose from in terms of texture and depth…colours get more intense this time of year – deeper greens, rich reds, vibrant yellows and oranges. Depending on what perennials you have, some of them have stalks and branches that change colour too. Dogwood, for example, has a stem that turn deep red in fall…you see these stick a lot in winter arrangements!
Here, I’ve taken 10 minutes out of our day and clipped some fresh cuts with my babies…3 hosta leaves, 5 sedums stems, 1 stalk of Solomons seal, and a handful of annual red grasses that were in one of my outdoor planters. This arrangement is a good example of movement and form…the red grasses lead your eye up to the Solomons seal, and the hosta leaves pull your eye out. The sedum is the centre of the arrangement, but not necessarily the focal point.
I like arrangements that are contemporary, asymmetrical, and fresh, with lots of movement and interest. What’s cool about this is that there is no special colour…until the sedum blooms! It will turn a beautiful purple-pink hue in a few weeks, making this free bouquet a keeper for quite some time!
“I must have flowers, always and always.” ~ Claude Monet
Categories: Flower arranging