In a Vase on Monday: Complex Simplicity

It was harder than I imagined, reducing the number of flower stems to a minimum this week for the ‘minimalist’ vase I wanted to try and had failed to produce last Monday. So I basically just rushed round the garden on Sunday morning and picked a few stems before I had a chance to be distracted! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I used a shallow Japanese bowl given to us a few years ago, with a florist’s frog at the base to secure the stems.

A fluffy pinky purple Pennisetum was the first stem I picked, so then Verbena bonariensis and the lovely Echinacea ‘Green Envy’ seemed to go well.

This Echinacea has been the most successful of the more unusual varieties I have planted over the years and is in its third year now. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

My Allium seedheads were all uprooted by the hot dry wind we had last week, and were waiting to be stored to dry a bit further, so one was cut short. But I still needed material for the baseโ€ฆ the Geranium leaves are looking fresh again after I cut some of the old ones back a few days ago, so they fit the bill.

The crowning glory was a stem of the lovely Stipa capillata, ย now in full flower and looking gorgeous.

Finding the right spot to take a photo was difficultโ€ฆ the vase was tall, and far too delicate to move outdoors once assembled! I tried in various spots, with and without lighting. I liked the addition of the blue mat as it matched my Japanese fan which I thought would make an appropriate prop; temperatures are set to soar again this week in much of Europe.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. If you are feeling the heat, do go and visit as her vase today has a lovely cooling effect. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Have a great week. And I hope you have a nice cool and shady spot in your garden to enjoy the summer weather!


35 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Complex Simplicity

  1. Minimalism is trickier than it looks, but you have nailed it, Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the muted greeny undertones of the echinacea and your fan is the perfect prop.

    • I wasn’t sure if I had heard the term before, but it certainly seems to fit. As for frogs, I am sure there are other terms in the vocabulary of florists that I have never heard of!

  2. Oh that works so well, Cathy, and I hope it meets the expectations you had in your head too ๐Ÿ‘ With the grasses adding height it looks so elegant, and using the allium head alongside the echinacea adds balance – just lovely all round! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • I was very pleased with it in the end, although getting the grass to stand up in the frog was a challenge. (There is a secret blob of blue tac in there! LOL!)

      • Haha – I don’t always mention my secret hidden devices, not because they are a secret but because I don’t remember to. This week’s has a lump of biodegradable foam wedged onto a metal frog stuck to the vase with florists’ ‘tack’!!

    • ๐Ÿ˜ƒ The stipa is very delicate and very pretty in the garden. I think it may become one of my favourite grassesโ€ฆ along with about five other favourites of course! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Nicely done, Cathy! I seem incapable of minimalist arrangements. I love the Echinacea, which takes center stage without overwhelming its partners.

  4. Again, I think it looks like the (now old fashioned) floral design of the 1980s. It is only simple because of the scale and limited variety of flowers. I would not say that it is minimalist though.

  5. The stipa is a perfect crowning glory! I had to look up what a florist’s frog was. I had such funny ideas ๐Ÿคฃ. Very nice stylish arrangement, but I do love your meadow bunches too.

  6. Ah, the zen of minimalism…trickier than you think? I think it is tricky, especially in summer when there is so much to choose from. Wonderful Echinacea, I like the more subtle colors in that variety and your grass choices are so nice…

  7. Your vase this week is pure art, Cathy. I always admire simplicity and pared down composition, although when I’m “in charge” it never seems to be the effect I receive. I don’t edit very well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the way each component is given a star position, maintaining its individuality. Nicely done.

    • Thanks Debra. I could have fussed with it, but just let it be with minimal arranging too. The hardest part was not adding anything extra! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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