Not that I don't love the garden when everything is happening....but with lilies, roses, sweet peas and hydrangeas all going full tilt, I need a little calmness indoors. So today, without thinking much about it, I picked this neutral bouquet, blending colors and even textures that compliment and soothe rather than amp up the contrasts. This creamy gold vase, one of my favorites for its slightly crackly texture and warm, mottled color, supports and harmonizes with the washy greens and terra cotta colors of leaf and flower. The overall effect is like a soft breeze, a dialing down of summer, a long, slow afternoon reading a novel in a hammock.
Now that didn't happen, but at least the bouquet lends a whiff of calm and serenity...
I started by picking lunaria pods in the alley, added some parsley and dill gone to seed, yellow hypericum flowers with their multi-colored berries, 'Terra Cotta' yarrow, and a chartreuse paniculata hydrangea head.
Later in the day I moved the bouquet to the top of the bookshelf beneath the windows to see how it looked with a wooden bowl of beach stones. And who knows why, then I thought it needed a dark note, so I stuck in a couple of Rudbeckia 'Green Wizard', past their prime, with elongated brown center cones...I love how bouquets change in feel when paired up with various objects in a vignette, and also the sight of flowers inside and garden outside...aren't those lunaria pods cool with the light shining through to show the seeds?