Another week is beginning and once again I am joining Cathy’s challenge In A Vase On Monday. The goal is to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.
A dark magenta-red gladiolus began opening several days ago and another began showing similar color on Sunday morning. I cut both stems and planned to use them in a large mixed arrangement along with Echinacea, Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) and dark Canna leaves.
The colors all looked great together, but in the end I found the elegant gladioli spires worked best as a solo act this time. A gladiolus leaf turned back on itself and pulled through a slit was used to add a third element to the design.
Today’s vessel is a tall pale green bud vase with an opening just barely wide enough to allow both stems to fit. It makes a fairly neutral container, allowing the velvety texture and deep rich color of the flowers to be the main focus.
I photographed the arrangement outdoors on the screened porch in the early evening on Sunday. Thought the wall made a stark background, there was soft and ample light, making it easier than usual to capture the essence of the flowers.