I started out with something in mind, but it changed on me, as is often the case.
My first priority was to use some of these short purple irises. With the heat spell upon us, I’m pretty sure they will have played out by next week.
Some red wallflowers grow nearby. Red and purple being one of my fave combos, some of those were a natural choice. They are looking a little leggy, so I got three lower growing Erysium ‘Constant Cheer’ to fill in around them. I’m hoping this bed will be looking better once they do.
Hmmm…a little coral for transition? Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Puget Pink’ could be just the ticket.
I couldn’t pass by Hypericum inodorum ‘Asbury Purple’ without plucking a few stems.
But when I started putting things together, it became obvious that simplicity was the key. The slate vase complements the place mats that were already on the table and the needle frog that is embedded in it holds the iris in an almost Ikibana-like way. I wanted to cover the hole of the vase, and I did want to include the red, but the leafy materials were just “plonked” (Cathy’s term) in a tiny vase that already held some leftovers from past arrangements: a sprig of Archostaphylos and one of privet.
It’s not that I am displeased with the arrangement I set out to make. It does dress up an otherwise drab table setting. But it is the accidental little bouquet of leaves at the top of this post that feels like the success of the day. How about you? Do you often find that the offhand, unstudied (dare I say slap-dash) efforts please you more than the ones you sweat over? Pop on over to Rambling in the Garden, where Cathy gathers some things from her garden to feature in a vase every Monday. She also gathers a growing bunch of bloggers who are inspired to follow suit. Be forewarned: it’s as addictive as all other horticultural enterprizes, so partake at your own risk.