Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens.
My camera failed late yesterday just as I tried to photograph a posy of echinacea, chrysanthemum, lavender, salvia and zinnias gathered from my autumn garden. At this point in the season there are not many blooms of each kind, except for the pass-along pale yellow chrysanthemum that is just coming into its own. I had collected a fair showing so it is disappointing to have encountered this technical difficulty, but here is a photo of the chrysanthemum at early morning on Saturday.
In place of the home-grown flowers I will share instead some store bought floral indulgences that I used Tuesday when hosting my book club. The book was A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles. Do read it if you have not yet–I found it one to savor. The story of a count in post-revolutionary Russian, the setting was a grand hotel in Moscow called The Metropol. In a wonderful bit of happenstance, one of our book club members stayed in that same hotel the week before and brought me a keepsake.
It was fun to prepare multiple arrangements as I imagined such a fine hotel would offer generous floral displays.
White stock, Eucalyptus, Spider Chrysanthemum and ‘Green Trick’ Dianthus stood in the foyer.
For the food table there were roses accented with Hypericum berries (photographed in the foyer).
A large vase of Alstoemeria, Eucalyptus, Spider Chrysanthemums and ‘Green Trick’ Dianthus sat atop the piano in the living room. A trio of smaller vases on the window ledge were filled with Eucalyptus.
Chrysanthemum (Button Chrysanthemums and Spider Chrysanthemums)
Dianthus barbatus ‘Green Trick’
Matthiola incana (Stock)
Various crystal vases
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.