Sunflowers are in season and they are looking very beautiful this year.
Sunflowers always remind me of growing up in the country and the arrangements that we would put on our tables using goldenrod, laceflower, blackeyed susans and sunflowers.
Those were always pretty, happy bouquets that looked best in an old metal pitcher or a mason jar.
Here are a few of my favorites from over the past few weeks.
This is a container that I love using, it is a boat shape and is made of cement that is dipped in metal for a shiny, mirror like finish. I love the juxtaposition of the sleek metal with the cement. I think it is perfect for flowers that one would find growing in random places, like these sunflowers, pennycress, and millet.
Wouldn’t it be nice though if these gorgeous lilies and tuberose popped up everywhere? Alas, they come from costa rica, but are pretty just the same.
Here is a chocolate sunflower. The color is amazing and the leaves look like velvet. I like to mix this with wax flower and other types of botanical s that have some hints of burgundy, it really creates a lot of movement and rhythmic patterns.
I am loving how it looks next to the scabosia though with those sagy greens and whites. I think I will try that combination, it seems that those sages would soften the burgandy/chocolate hues a bit so that you can appreciate them more and it would also make the whole piece a little more understated.
Some days I just can’t resist making something that is high contrast. I really love how the chocolate sunflowers look with milky white casa blanca lilies. The lilies have such a long vase life that it makes up for the very short life that some sunflowers can have. Sometimes I pull the leaves off and just keep the centers. I love how the big, dark circles look with just a crown of spiky green leaves around them.
This Arrangement reminds me of a hot summer day, bees buzzing and long, lazy afternoons spent on the porch. I love these black eyed susans, the little cousins of sunflowers. This arrangement could have been picked from a roadside field with this collection of milkweed, laceflower and feverfew.
The birch container is a perfect vessel for this happy arrangement and is a little more updated than a mason jar or a pitcher.
Here is a more modern take on sunflowers, taking them to another place. I don’t often do arrangements like this so it was fun for me to step out a little and create something outside of my comfort zone. The request was modern, tall and dramatic. Ok. so we will use some sunflowers and see what happens.
These monstrea leaves combined with cobra lilies, milkweed and celosia makes a great combination with the chocolate sunflowers, making them look almost exotic.
Here are some more sunflower arrangements.
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