Last week's arrangement focused on the first Toad Lilies (Tricyrtis) blooming in the garden. It was a tiny arrangement in a tiny Japanese container. Since then more Toad Lilies have begun to flower, so it seemed only natural to feature them again. I made two arrangements related to some of the comments readers of my blog made on that bouquet.
A number of people commented on the size and my restraint in limiting the number of flowers. So here is an equally small arrangement using the top few inches of Tricyrtis formosana, a variety that is narrow and very vertical. The leaves are from various Heucherellas.
I consider these vases as one unit when I use them. So I am always looking for a theme that will provide a little leeway but not enough to cause visual confusion. The Toad Lily stem on the left gives the best indication of what this plant looks like in the garden. The other stems were cut short, close to the top group of flowers.
I use the vase below more than any other I own. It is a Japanese Usubata for Ikebana, most likely from the Meiji period, c. 1868-1912. The wide top — with a built in cup to hold water — lifts off and you can flip the body of the vase, so the curve can be at the top or bottom. It's beautiful without flowers, but its weight and size (9" high x 12" wide) mean it can hold a big, heavy bouquet with ease. So here is my more-is-more bouquet but limited to Tricyrtis (T. hirta 'Miyazaki') and two stems of Heuchera flowers.
To see what kinds of arrangements other gardens have created today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this Monday meme.