On Mondays it is fun 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.
My plan this week was for a simple vase. The two Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle) at the end of the front walkway had begun blooming last week. I thought I could quickly snip an inflorescence early this morning and drop it the new blue ceramic vase my sisters gave me this spring.
But once outside I saw that four branches of the tree, weighted down by the heavy flowers, were overhanging the sidewalk. This ruined my plan for quick simplicity, because I trimmed those branches back and ended up bringing lots more flowers into the house than I needed.
I began implementing my original idea for today’s arrangement and soon decided the shape and color of the beautiful vase I had chosen did not complement the form of this Crape Myrtle with its pinky-pinky tone.
The condition of the flowers was not as fresh as I had expected—petals were already fading and seed pods were forming. Also I was surprised by how much yellow was visible in the flowers and found it distracting.
More interesting to me were the component parts of the Crape Myrtle and I began dissecting the flower heads and stems. I filled a variety of containers, one with the berries, one with leaves, others with combinations.
In the end I made a more formal design as well which turned out to be my favorite individual arrangement.
My quick idea for today’s vase turned into a more detailed and interesting study of the characteristics of the Crape Myrtle. A collection of vases is something I think works well under many circumstances, using a combination of materials or, as in this case, just one plant.
Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle)
3 Flower pins
Variety of vases