Technically it is not even summer yet it feels like summer is flying by. Monday is here again bringing the chance 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.
When Echinacea ‘Big Sky Sundown’ began opening last week I brought one stem indoors, where I admired its red-orange color all week. This flower became the starting point for this week’s design.
For a deep blue contrast I chose Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ but there were not enough blooming just yet to make a large impact.
For more contrast to the echinacea’s strong hue, I included a branch of Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’. Its layers of dark leaves radiate out accentuating the rays of the echinacea.
A few sprigs of lavender extend the size of the arrangement and the color reflects some of the purplish highlights of the euphorbia as well.
I worked with several vases and settled on a dark blue matte-finished ceramic piece my daughter created. (She also built the cherry table.) I have lots more to say about this arrangement but have to hurry off. Happy Vase Day!
Echinacea ‘Big Sky Sundown’ (Hybrid Coneflower)
Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ (Spurge)
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Pin frog (3-inch)