As August shifts to September with all the overabundance of fruit, flowers, and veg ripening in the fields, I thought I'd begin the month to celebrate simplicity in this week's bouquets and focus on the 'magic of 3's.
Farmer florists have a few patterns to draw from setting the structure for a bouquet. Like a recipe for a summer salsa (1 part hot pepper 3 parts sweet 5 parts tomato), flowers follow a similar recipe. Texture, focal, filler. 1:3:5. From here the variations are endless and sometimes chaotic colors emerge. So I've been playing with simplifying, finding beauty in the most basic of texture, focal, and filler. This week's bouquets will feature 3 flowers representing texture, focal, and filler and a play on 3 color types.
For the texture, look for helenium, aster, - something that will hold the shape of the bouquet. From there, let the gladiolus draw you in - their colors ablaze in the vase. Soften your gaze with a texture of basil, sage, edible herb and if you think of it, use the fresh leaves in your pasta dish or tea cup.
Glads in particular, I have always had an affection for. The flowers were my standard to which I would choose my husband (i.e. a man who knew my favorite flowers were coral glads would be the one for me - Rob was spot on!) Admittedly, I think I dropped him the hint though. Glads were also the first flowers I dissected in my botany class I learned plant taxonomy. Sepals and calyx, corolla, and stigma, glads would forever continue to open new worlds for me. Indeed they are grown and found across continents. one African species of gladiolus grows only in the mists where the Zambesi Rivers flower over Victoria Falls. In the Midwest, glads are a bit more fussy, requiring farmers to dig up the bulbs and store through winter. Their spiky sprays and rays of beauty are worth the effort.
In Gretchen Scoble's book, The Meaning of Flowers, Glads historically grew wild and abundantly in the Middle East, referred to as 'lilies of the field.' Perhaps those sentiments laid the foundation for Glads to stand for natural grace. Their poise in a bouquet as their petals unfold, one by one with the passing of each day, pierces the heart in gladness.
On the horizon, there are 3 remaining Flower CSA deliveries with the next delivery set for Thursday, September 15.
As the abundance of the fall harvest beckons, enjoy the simple gladness that comes from a ray of flowers. As always, please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions. Enjoy your flowers!