When we acquired this rust-colored container, it opened up all sorts of possibilities. I think this was our first effort. I can now see where we could have improved on the shape (I so want to move that piece of magnolia at 1 o'clock over to the center).
Also, at 8 o'clock and 4 o'clock, those two pieces of brown-backed magnolia (which l think was a perfect choice for the late November Sunday) were too stiff and severe. We should have lowered them, pointing downwards instead of straight out. We really didn't have any curvy pieces of foliage to work with. However, with a bit of tweaking, we could have formed a more triangular shape. More roses pointing down would have helped.
I do love the combination of the 'Teddy Bear', brown-backed magnolia, the apricot-colored roses, the orange deciduous holly and the persimmons. I don't think I would have chosen the floppy brown amaranthus. Maybe we could have used something like sorghum that had better structure.
Also, with this container, it's necessary to fill in the area above the curved handles. Otherwise, they appear as ears, and the birds in the center look like lips. Our recent arrangements using this urn have been more successful. Actually, white and cream roses for a fall wedding with some cattails and dark green foliage (maybe even some bosc pears on sticks and more velvety brown backed magnolia) look stunning in this container.
Still, the color combination pictured here remains one of my favorites for the late fall season.