I spent a few minutes this morning deconstructing yesterday’s In A Vase On Monday contribution, the one composed of purchased bouquets.
I wanted to pursue an idea to create an Ikebana design using the Gerbera daisies in the black rectangular container, but I shifted gears right away. It proved more practical to lift out the Gerberas and style them into a different vase rather than to remove all the other materials from the black vase. The vision in my head never materialized but I ended up with two distinct arrangements, that diverge from the original in interesting ways.
Eventually I removed that tall Sweet William in back at left, which I had liked, but the second version feels more balanced and less tense.
The remaining flowers required some shifting around but nothing major. There’s no daring but I ended up liking this incarnation with its soothing, limited palette.
It would be fun to rework the vases everyday all week but that probably won’t happen. This was a good exercise though.
So many possibilities! Playing with flowers is such great fun. 🙂
I took a few floral design classes with my garden club and it was always so interesting how different each person’s arrangement turned out.
Yup, it can become a bad habit. I am fortunate that I only grow them.
Wish I were better at growing them, especially from seed.
Some of what you featured is easier to purchase than to grow. Gerbera daisy are somewhat expensive because they take a bit of work to grow, even for the professionals. They are generally not very pretty in home gardens, and if they are, no one wants to cut them because they are pretty outside. When I was a student, I grew alstroemeria, back when it was a new introduction. It was a fun crop, but was not such a great perennial for home gardens. The home garden sorts are more compact and self supporting, but do not produce the elegantly long stems.
This is a good way to spend some time when the weather is bad outside. Lovely results… the pink and yellow is gentle and calming. 😃
Yes, it was fun and it really didn’t take too long. Spent more time photographing and writing the blog post! 😀
They are both so fresh this way, and you’ve brought spring in with the second hydrangea and dianthus arrangement. Thanks for showing us the rework!
Thanks! Interesting how one can create different moods with the same flowers.
the new arrangements are so different but equally beautiful, Susie. You really have the eye of an artist.
Thank you Kris!
I am still impressed with what you did with the grocery store bouquet. I just stick them all in a vase as is.
Such fun to play around like this. The gerbera is a lovely colour but I love the muted palette of the hydrangeas and dianthus.
I had to pull out the Gerberas yesterday, but the hydrangeas and dianthus are still looking nice. Their softer colors are a relief for this time of year, after the intensity of holiday colors.