Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement every Monday using materials collected from our gardens. I’ve been eyeing these lilies for a couple weeks and finally they are ready to share.
Described as carmine red, these lilies were planted in a patio container several years ago. This year they have responded to the wet conditions with enthusiastic abundance.
I envisioned today’s design with just two stems of lilies but they seemed to need something more. I added one hydrangea to fill out the shape of the arrangement. The cold killed most hydrangea buds, but a few stoic ones surprised me this week with 5-6 rather small, yet welcome blooms.
Next I added a second stem of hydrangea to the back and right of the lilies and a single, perfect young echinacea to the design.
The echinacea played happily with the pink hydrangea, but not with the lilies.
After trimming the echinacea to different heights and placements, eventually I removed it, deciding it did not contribute to the overall design.
Perhaps it would have worked placed lower toward the lip of the vase and slightly to the left.
The second cluster of hydrangea seemed to be enough on its own to balance out the design.
Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.