In a Vase on Monday – Eastern Line?

One of my favorite aspects of blogging is learning from fellow bloggers. Last week, I was informed by Tony Tomeo of the existence of Western Line Floral Design – and had to look it up. Here is a link that explains the style and other floral design styles; who knew there are so many floral design styles? I certainly did not.

I like the Western Line concept and have the perfect vase. I will have to wait for the appropriate flowers to attempt a Western Line style vase. Meanwhile, I call this one Eastern Line as it is linear and I am on the east coast of Florida. There is probably a floral show judge somewhere not feeling happy about this at all.

A closer view:

Eastern Line Plant Palette:

In blue, Chinese Forget Me Nots (Cynoglossum amiable); orange banana shaped flower, Parrotflower (Heliconia psittacorum ‘Choconiana’; orange tube flowers, Firebush (Hamelia patens); chartreuse flowers, ‘Envy’ Zinnias; varigated foliage, ‘Bossa Nova’ Neoregelia Bromeliad; background ferns, Boston Ferns (Neprolepis exaltata)

With the onset of mid May humidity the summer flowers are starting. Firebush is one of my warm season favorites and lasts for months. The orange Parrottflower is also a summer flower here. Watching the Zinnias to see how long it takes for something fungal to get ahold of them…The Forget Me Nots are starting to go to seed with the heat. I think I got my money’s worth out of these four plants. It will be interesting to seed if the seed germinates in the bed. I imagine they will have to be grown in pots and transplanted – the experiment continues.

The vase – a serendipitous unload from the dishwasher by my husband; unceremoniusly left near my flower arranging spot. It is the bottom half of a candy jar we broke the top for and couldn’t decide to keep or toss. This Monday a vase..

A view from the top:

Thanks to Cathy at for hosting IAVOM. Follow the link to see more vases.

Happy Gardening!!


23 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Eastern Line?

  1. I don’t do any arranging and certainly didn’t realize there were Eastern and Western. I do need to try the Forget Me Knots again. They really did well for you.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Orange and blue are a great contrasting combo, no matter the style. I do love those parrot flowers!

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  3. Donna Donabella says:

    Who knew there were so many different styles….mine is plain plonking! Love the line, the style and colors of this week’s vase….such beautiful plant/flower material.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Yes, we could throw the names of these styles of arranging into our posts and pretend we knew what we were talking about – or make up our own, as you have done with your really effective Eastern Line – the colours work so well together and there is symmetry without it looking formal

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  5. Kris P says:

    Your invocation of a floral show judge had me laughing. Heaven knows, we don’t need someone like that crimping the creativity of the IAVOM crowd! For what it’s worth, I think your arrangement is beautifully balanced in both color and alignment.

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  6. Annette says:

    Yes, you‘re absolutely right, there‘s so much to learn from other bloggers. Very intriguing information, thanks, and I love your cheerful, tropical vase too. Have a good week!

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  7. Cathy says:

    Those colours look so good together. The blue and the pale yellow of the zinnias both bring out the richness of the oranges. I like the Firebush flowers a lot in this arrangement. 😃

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  8. The flowers and foliage, the colours, the arrangement, the photography…the first photo evoked, for me, a distant, misty image of a grand hotel lobby in the tropics – Thailand, or Singapore – in the 1950’s perhaps…

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  9. pbmgarden says:

    Haven’t heard of Western style before. Your take on Eastern style is really nice. Great color and texture combos.

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  10. Noelle says:

    I like this tropical looking vase with great colour combinations.

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  11. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, how 1985! I do sort of miss how stylish floral design and everything else still was back then. ‘Western’ refers to west of Asia though, so Florida is still ‘Western’. (It makes not sense to me either, since California is more east of Asia than west.


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