When I woke up longing, again, for sunshine pouring in the windows, I went right outdoors and started picking every hot-colored flower I could find.
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is the star of this bouquet, with its dramatically shaped flowers that look like self-important little Birds of Paradise with their arching stems and brilliant flowers. Intensely violet buddleia adds a lively contrast and a sweet honey scent. Now is not the time to worry about color clashes...such trying weather demands color and more color.
A purple mop-head hydrangea just coming into bloom anchors the disparate mix of sizes and shapes, colors and textures. Airy fennel blooms soften the big, freckle-faced orange lilies. There are some orange and gold Helenium autumnale in there to echo the color of the lilies. The whole bunch is bulging out of a tall cylinder of matte white vase that strikes a cool note to counteract the voluptuous vividness of the flowers.
Somehow the warmth and life of this arrangement, plus garden fresh raspberries for breakfast, helped to soften the cloudiness of the day....and I'm back to hoping for sunshine rather than lamenting the gray skies...