Even in this digital age I am still an inveterate clipper of newspaper and magazine articles. I have a whole stack of images of bouquets and various kinds of horticultural arrangements. A while ago I decided that I would cull the pile for the best ideas and images and then pop them in a binder so I could find them when I needed inspiration. As I was wandering around the garden looking to see what I might use for today's bouquet, I remembered there was a photo of an arrangement in one of the vases I used not long ago.
Sure enough there was my chartreuse vase with a great black and chartreuse bouquet in it, courtesy of Country Gardens magazine from Spring, 2003. I made a mental note that the concept just used two colors and I did not worry about using (or not using) any of the same plants. Though my vase looks similar to the one in the photo above, they are both really less yellow leaning more toward yellow-green: Chartreuse.
My arrangement includes Spirea 'Goldflame' and 'Magic Carpet' (though the bronze new growth has pretty much faded), leaves from assorted dark Heucheras, one leaf of Hosta 'Whirlwind' (left) and H. 'Shade Fanfare' (right), a stem of Trillium leuteum dead center. Dark flowers include Geranium phaeum 'Springtime' and Aquilegia 'Black Barlow'.
To see what other gardeners have put in a vase this Monday, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this meme.