I recently hosted a dinner party for which I took care of the flower arrangements. I chose the above bouquet. I had seen this arrangement displayed in a chocolate shop. The florist, Cattails in Wicker Park, Chicago created the arrangement.
I feel this bouquet is so indicative of the present season, winter. I don’t know if we are in the middle of winter or in the tail end of winter. What I do know is that spring is nowhere in sight. I see the monochromatic theme of dark reds, magenta and cerise pink reflecting the lack of light, the early sunsets resulting in a pitch black sky by early evening. The reddish color scheme also reminds me of heat and how in this season we gravitate towards anything that makes us feel a couple of degrees warmer.
The flowers in this bouquet consist of roses called black jack, reagan pom poms (dutch variety), heather, peacock feathers and agonis. The combination of flowers such as the dark purple hued agonis, the dark pink heather and gold tinged blue and green peacock feathers result in an elegant, vibrant and dramatic display. The differing shapes, sizes and textures ensures that the arrangement has depth and that it is interesting.
As much as I like flowers, I am not skilled at flower arranging. Therefore, in order to learn more about this art form. I visited Lisa Attenberry, owner of Cattails, and watched as she put together the bouquet that I had ordered.
First, Lisa filled up a vase with water. Then she took a bunch of the pom poms and added the roses to this bunch. Her hands worked swiftly and she had great coordination as she continuously rotated the bouquet adding flowers in intervals to get a unified look. This ensured the bouquet looked the same at all angles. Similarly, the heather and feathers were added, and then the agonis. When the bouquet was thick enough to snugly fit into the vase, Lisa cut the bottoms and placed the bouquet in the vase. To finish, Lisa rearranged and added some more agonis to give the display a wild overflowing look.
Lisa was so kind to let me photograph her putting the bouquet together. While I may be a long way from having her skill at making flower arrangements, I feel more confident that next time I can make a better attempt.
Cattails, 1935 W Division, Chicago IL 60622 www.cattailsflowers.com