Tonight is the opening of the White on White show at Museo Gallery in Langley. While I love the idea of a shades-of-pale exhibit, I was hoping the flowers for the party could echo the monochromatic theme, but in a different color.
It was clear that a mixed spring arrangement would look garish in a white gallery filled with white-on-cream-on-ivory works of art...but what about an all blue bouquet? My delphinium is coming into bloom, and I have ghostly globe thistles, and silvery artichoke foliage....but when I talked with Sandra Jarvis, the owner of Museo and instigator of the themed show, she loved the idea of a white-on-white bouquet.
The vase was easy - I scored this slim, cream-colored, art-deco vase at a thrift shop for $3.00. I don't ever have many white flowers in my garden; really, just 'Annabelle' hydrangeas that are just starting to bud up. So it was off to Metropolitan Market on Queen Anne, that had so many good choices. I avoided the obvious white roses, lilies and baby's breath..I didn't want it to look like a wedding bouquet. I started playing around with white hydrangea, tending-towards-chartreuse snowball viburnum, and saucer-shaped, bright-white gerbera daisies with chocolate centers. Oh, and also some little white flower - I have no idea what it is, but it created a hazy effect without looking too florist-like. And the star of the bunch? A single, glacially pale allium. That perfectly round shape makes the bouquet...
Here's the finished arrangement; I'm persuaded to work more often with tone-on-tone flowers. Can you picture this in an all-white gallery, with artwork in snowy shades from ice to warm cream? Can't wait...hope to see you at the opening party (5-7 p.m. tonight, on First Street in Langley, next door to the historic Clyde Theatre). The White-on-White Show will run through the end of June at Museo.