Although I have already posted pictures of flowers in a vase today here is another arrangement.
My garden club meets tomorrow morning and each member has been asked to bring in a mug of flowers to set up on a table for a cheerful spring display.
With this in mind, on Sunday I purchased some purple and white stock and some white roses tinted with the barest apricot hue.
The flowers were not in pristine condition, especially the roses, but I used them anyway tonight to create a round design in a heavy, lime green soup mug.
I filled out the arrangement with stems of Japanese holly, branches of spiraea and a few sprigs of lavender.
In thinking about how the design turned out I would change several things. I would increase the number of roses and reduce the stems of stock. Perhaps I will like it better when the stock finishes opening.
I used the Japanese holly stems around the base of the mug to hide the florist’s foam and it seems very dark and dense. Next time I might opt for lavender or something else that is lighter.
I also cut the roses too short and should have adjusted the other material accordingly. In fact, lowering the arrangement by several inches might improve the overall proportions, but overall I am please with the balance.
The white stock is especially pretty, more fully open and fresher than the purple one.
This was a fun design to create and it is always a good learning experience to work with different materials. It will be fun to see the other members’ mugs. The spring garden table will be overflowing with flowers at tomorrow’s meeting.
The roses may not be pristine, but they are gorgeous – I love that creamy white.
Thanks, that color just called to me when I was choosing flowers to use.
So talented are you!
You’re too kind! Thanks Jayme.
The colors are lovely. I can almost smell those roses, too. I like the idea of a mug of flowers. Nice post.
Thank you. Sad to say the roses have not the least bit of fragrance. (Like many a store-bought tomato with no taste.)
Too bad, isn’t it? They’re bread for size and color these days, not fragrance. I guess you need an old tea rose to capture that wonderful smell.
Two thumbs up! It’s an arrangement that makes you stop in your tracks and bend down to smell the flowers.
Thanks! It was a fun to work with these flowers.
Lovely colour combination and that must smell amazing!
Julie, your comment points out fragrance is such an important aspect of the flowers we grow. But these flowers, purchased at a discount market, have lost that important characteristic.
Thats a shame, I wonder what happens with the stocks and other flowers in storage, maybe the chilled temperatures reduce the scent. I had not considered this before.
Well Julie. I put the flowers in the car a half hour before leaving for the meeting this morning and when I went out to go the car smelled wonderful. So the stock did have a nice scent in that contained environment. Funny I hadn’t caught a whiff before.
Georgous! Just sowed very scented Spanish stock and look forward to enjoying its perfume.
Hi Annette, maybe I’ll try to grow some stock too. These in the arrangement have no scent at all and I want to know what they should smell like! Susie
The roses and stocks look lovely together – love the photo from above. A mug of flowers is a sweet idea!
Thanks Cathy. Asking us club members to share a mug of flowers is less intimidating than asking us to bring in an arrangement. It was fun to do a formal one, but a few daffodils in a mug would have been fine too if I hadn’t had the time to work on this.
Crikey you are self-critical. I wish I could create such beautiful arrangements.
Thanks Ann. With your sensitivity to color and texture, I’m sure you would do well with floral design also.
Great job. I love the colors.
Thanks Judy. The purple stock was a nice find and I liked the soft color of the roses.
Beautiful, love the roses! 🙂
Thank you. I, too, like those roses.
These really are stunning. All the more so, because your flowers are presented to speak best to their intended audience. This is harmony. Gardens grow everywhere in the shadow of things that are well arranged.
Thank you. It is important to me and reassuring as well to find order in things.