Dark and Sinister Can Be Pretty Too : The Avant Garde of the Garden

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I love
on trees and vines,
bought in patient haste  
tumbling from an arms embrace
swirling beneath lovers chase 
sewn on dresses
circling a slender waist 
a beautiful mess, 
 woven through hair
light and fair, 
I love 
~ R.N. 

I am the lover's gift; I am the wedding wreath; 

I am the memory of a moment of happiness; 

I am the last gift of the living to the dead; 

I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow. 

~ Khalil Gibran 

Lay down on your pillow

and turn the lights down low

let me take you to the garden

where the passion flower grows 

~Charles M Moore

Such beautiful images deserve such beautifully written words especially when such the images are filled with such pretty pretty flowers. I love flowers, but that's nothing new or special, everyone can appreciate a pretty thing, let alone a pretty flower.

 What drew me to these images and the florists responsible for the images is that they have explored a deeper darker side to flowers and floral imagery in a way that is uniquely refreshing and new. The floral arrangements aren't the usual roses and peonies with a little baby's breath or lily of the valley thrown in. There is nothing cookie cutter about these arangements - from the colors used, the variety of flowers used or the way they have been arranged. When I look at the arrangements a new set of emotions are evoked, something deeper, more substantial, a little more avant garde and gothic. 

love how the arrangements are allowed fluidity and movement, vines and branches not have to conform to a rigorous silhouette or shape. 

My favourite images: 

The florist used dry corn stalks here! 

I love how flowers have now become the centerpiece of the look, the statement maker and not remained as mere accessories. 

Here are my favourite florists at the moment: 

For the bright and fresh arrangements that have so much movement and life. 

For the darker, edgier arrangements that evoke such strong emotions.