We’d come home exhausted after a day of loading and unloading furniture and boxes for our #1 Dot’s move to a nearby city (okay, it’s Hamilton). What was waiting for us on the porch but this beautiful arrangement.
As I turned it round and round to choose “the front*” it occurred to me that a well-designed floral arrangement can be like a garden in microcosm. What do floral designers play with but the same design principles we should all use when combining plants in our gardens, things like shapes, textures, and lines.
Turning the image above into B&W strips out some of the distractions. Can you see the juxtaposition of shapes? Two kinds of pointy tulips, the spiky lines of pussy willows, rounded forms of the roses, and fine jumble of the hyacinths.
Sometimes I play a game with myself by substituting one plant for another. What if these were all shrubs, for example. The roses might be hydrangeas; the hyacinths, Deutzia. What might the others be?
That grey-leafed rosette of foliage could be a frosty blue Hosta. The tulips could be dense spires of white Veronica. What do you think?
Try this for yourself some day. It adds an extra layer to the pleasure of receiving a gift of flowers.
These, by the way, are by The House & Garden Co. on Kingston Road. They came as a combined congratulations and thank you gift from our real estate agent. Thank you, Lani!
*Some say that a good arrangement shouldn’t have a front and back. Do you agree?