It is Monday evening and I am joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to create a floral arrangement from materials gathered in one’s own garden.
I dashed out late this afternoon when today’s heavy rain finally had paused. Brilliant white branches of spiraea, now in full bloom, draped gracefully downward under the weight of the day’s water. Thinking I simply would gather a few stems to place in a vase for today, I happy found the long spires were resilient after giving them a quick shake to remove the water. [Note: I am grateful to Marian at Hortitopia for helping me identify this as bridal wreath spiraea.]
Nearby I noticed the strong pink magenta flowers of the redbud tree. Deciding to switch directions, I cut a few branches of this also. Now my new goal was to display the curving, arching lines of several branches of redbud against the backdrop of a black container. My vision called for sophisticated restraint.
To support the arrangement I placed three florist’s frogs into a low black acrylic dish. As I started assembling the arrangement, each placement felt interesting, but it can be hard to know when to stop. Eventually I had included the spiraea also, making the design a bit more exuberant, even frillier, than I had intended. But I like the way it turned out.
Black stones set among the flower pins complete the arrangement.
I photographed the flowers on a handwoven silk table runner, a thoughtful gift from one of my sisters.
Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)