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.
With a Monday vase in mind I have had my eye on a white phlox that began blooming last week. New to the garden this year, this one is called Phlox paniculata ‘White Flame’ and is a dwarf garden phlox. Last night I gathered two of the only three blooms on the plant to use today. For companions to the featured phlox I selected a large bundle of lavender and some echinacea.
The day was busier than expected so I abandoned the idea of formally arranging the flowers and decided to eliminate the echinacea altogether. Using a Portmerion botanic vase that reflects the lavender and white coloring of today’s blossoms, I massed the phlox together in front and the lavender together in back for a simple display.
Once I photographed the flowers I was not satisfied with the design. My use of space struck me as more flat and two-dimensional than I would like. So in the end I decided to add an echinacea or two to get something happening on another plane. It took more than two but I liked the result.
Adding the echinacea made the arrangement more dynamic and definitely gave it a pop of color.
It is always instructive to explore and experiment with these arrangements. If I were to start over I can think of several other ways I might try to assemble the flowers. But this is it for today.
Phlox paniculata ‘White Flame’ (Dwarf Garden Phlox)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)