I am always on the prowl for new ways to display the garden's floral bounty, and was very taken with this arrangement in a cup. I like the way the designer contrasts black and white with the colorful bouquet. Then there is the contrast of hard, shiny materials and a graphic number with the softer textures of the flowers. Finally, the designer plays with scale by using a large, dark stand to throw you off balance visually. You have to find a familiar flower and gauge its size relative to the cup to determine the actual size of the holder — which to my eye is definitely oversize.
I was also struck by the fact that Japanese anemones — which grow tall and willowy in the garden — have been trimmed back to their flower heads, another change in scale. And the designer has used color masterfully combining pink with red-orange and acid greens. All in all, a cupful of inspiration.
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