Week 18, as we revisit the 10-year anniversary of the book Slow Flowers
The timing was perfect for this week’s plum lilac-forward arrangement, inspired by the white lilac bunches I featured one decade ago. The vase is the same, a pale mint-colored vintage vase with an opening that measures 5-by-5-inches and a 3-inch depth. It’s a small but perfectly-proportioned vase. As with the prior design, I used a small flower frog in the base. It’s an important mechanic, especially when using woody branches that need to be anchored in a shallow vessel.
The timing was perfect because I was able to clip from a lilac shrub that I planted in 2017 when we first moved to this garden. It is Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’ and you can see the established shrub above.
As with my earlier arrangement, I selected 10 to 12 stems of ranunculus, sourced from the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market. The white ranunculus with purple picotee markings was grown by Peterkort Roses, while the apricot ranunculus was grown by Field to Heart.
I had lots of leftovers, so here is a second arrangement using the same lilacs and ranunculus, with the addition of some young snowball viburnum branches (love that the flowers are still green!).