Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.
I am late preparing today’s vase, but managed to assemble a quick contribution featuring maturing stems of Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry), a shrub native to the southeastern United States. Here is the arrangement from a different side.
To pair with the purplish-magenta of the ripened callicarpa berries, I included a large stalk of Phlox paniculata ‘Nicky.’
Multiple stems of light pink Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant) act as a foil to soften the brash hues, then a few bright yellow zinnias and French marigolds add more dashes of color.
Photographing the arrangement was relegated to the screened porch so we would not have to be picking up little berries all week.
To hold the heavy stems of berries in place I used the larger Perfect Arranger floral holder, which in turn was secured to the container with floral clay adhesive. If I had had more time I might have worried about hiding the mechanics, but I think the Perfect Arranger is interesting and does not detract.
Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)
Phlox paniculata ‘Nicky’ (tall garden phlox)
Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)
Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again Mix’
Zinnia ‘Burpeeana Giants Mix’
Zinnia elegans ‘Cactus Flower Blend’
Round shallow ceramic bowl
Perfect Arranger floral holder
Floral clay adhesive