Each Monday brings opportunity to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday. The goal is to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.
I had hoped to feature gardenias this week, but they are in very poor condition this year. None were pristine, most were brown, but I managed to find just a single usable bloom. Fortunately Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm) is just coming into flower this week and I was able to incorporate a flowing arc of red into this week’s arrangement. Glossy green leaves of Camellia sasanqua and silvery branches of lavender complete the design.
The red and black raku pot used to hold the flowers is one of several I have collected by Charles Chrisco, who grew up in the Seagrove/Jugtown area of North Carolina where there is a rich history of traditional pottery making.
Outline foliage: Camellia sasanqua
Round focal flower: Gardenia jasminoides
Filler foliage: Lavandula x intermedia ‘Dutch’ (Dutch Lavender)
Outline flowers: Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)