There is a trend on Instagram at the moment for creating floral arrangements in the style of Old Master paintings. I thought I would have a go for this week’s IAVOM, joining in with our gracious host Cathy from Rambling in the Garden. I don’t think I am quite there yet – I need a bit more chiaro-scuro and a bit more romantic abundance, but it is fun to have a go.
The backdrop needs to be darker – our sitting room wall is painted in Little Greene’s Celestial Blue which looks darker than it comes out in the photo. The mahogany console table was in our hallway when I was growing up. My vase this week is actually the bottom half of a Dartington Crystal decanter which we were given as a wedding present – fitting because we celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday.
In the vase are the first of the sweet peas – Old Spencer Mixed – with two roses: the pale yellow one is Vanessa Bell and the pink is Gertrude Jekyll; cornflowers grown from seed from Great Dixter; a few spires of lavender and a couple of stems of bronze fennel. The strawberries and figs are our own, although it looks as though all the figs are going to drop off the tree before ripening again, as they have done each year since we moved in two years ago.
Not quite a masterpiece – but if you want some real floral inspiration check out Instagram (her_dark_materials, firenza flowers, janice_issitt_life_style are just a few of the Instagrammers doing this). And of course there is inspiration aplenty over at Rambling in the Garden.