It’s difficult to upstage two dozen roses, particularly when they’re in fiery shades of orange and salmon in the hues that Ina Garten so favors. The only way is to shock and awe your way into new realms of wonderful by complementing them with an equally-striking shade of chartreuse, as seen in the pair of sweet potato vines I added to this already-remarkable bouquet.
There’s something to be said for the simplicity of a single-flower-style arrangement, especially when the blooms are super-saturated in these rich pigments. I appreciate the elegance of the notion, the way form and architecture come to greater light through repetition and symmetry. Almost anything can be made more impressive when en masse. Sometimes, though, you need a little extra pizzazz. Something that adds a sparkle and pop, the glittering cherry on a sundae dripping with sweet goodness. That finds form in the humble sweet potato vine, which winds its way through those rosy environs to set off its lime-green leaves in striking contrast. The first hard frost will instantly fell such delicate foliage; this is one way of prolonging the beauty if the weather forecasters give warning.
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