In A Vase On Monday—Two Stems And A Leaf

Gladiolus

Gladiolus—In A Vase On Monday

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.

Gladioli In A Vase On Monday

Gladioli In A Vase On Monday

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.

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Gladioli – In A Vase On Monday

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Gladiolus – In A Vase On Monday

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.

Gladiolus detail - In A Vase On Monday

Gladiolus – In A Vase On Monday

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Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

28 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Two Stems And A Leaf

  1. Christina

    Very elegant again Susie, I like the idea with the leaf. You always have such good ideas. I have already cut my similar coloured gladioli, some have already partially flowered so I haved yet decided how to arrange them.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Christina. I learned about manipulating the leaf in a class several years ago. We even rolled and glued (or pinned) some into interesting shapes. Have fun arranging your gladioli. Susie

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  2. Chloris

    Gorgeous! And as Christina says so elegant.
    You have forced me to reassess two of my floral prejudices recently Susie. First of all with your sumptuous dark daylily and now with this fabulous Gladiolus. I am going to find it really hard now to say I don’ t like daylilies and gladdies when they are as gorgeous as these two. It is really good to take a flower you have always thought you don’ t like and really look at it afresh.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Didn’t set out to change your mind Chloris but I’m glad you’ve given these two flowers a second chance. I’m nostalgic about certain flowers and have some nice memories associated with them, gladiolus especially, but they are so commonly used I understand how you feel.

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  3. Marian St.Clair

    Susie–I’m enjoying each of your arrangements but have to admit it makes me nervous to think about cutting so many flowers! I’ve found, now that I have a shady garden, that I enjoy having orchids and/or cut flowers in the house each week, so thank goodness for inexpensive blooms from the grocery store. Your glads are fabulous. Fingers crossed I find some on offer at the market.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Marian. There are some advantages to a shady garden, but many flowers just need that sunshine. It is nice to have some fresh flowers indoors though, so good luck at the market. Fortunately it is farmer’s market season.

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  4. Stepheny Houghtlin

    Wow, this is spectacular. The color is something to behold. I had forgotten learning from Betsy N. in the design class the effect with your leaf. Your arrangements are always lovely.

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  5. Kris P

    Beautiful as usual, Susie. Sometimes the simplest arrangements are the best, especially with flowers that dramatic. Like the others, I’m impressed by the leaf trick too.

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  6. Cathy

    The vase is perfect for these two stems, and yes, the leaf trick looks great! I am glad that we are seeing past the act of picking flowers and realising how much pleasure they give us, both in the creation of a vase and enjoying them inside – perhaps Marian (above) will soon be brave enough to cut just two stems like you have, or even one. Thanks for joining in and giving us such inspiration every week 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Actually I’ve always enjoyed bringing in flowers from the garden, but this year especially it’s true. Our weather is so hot and dry it’s an easy decision for me to cut flowers. I feel I’m saving them from burning up outside.

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  7. rusty duck

    Like Chloris, I’ve never been much of a gladdi lady but having seen both yours and Christina’s vases today I’m beginning to wonder. The colour of that one is just superb. And the leaf is a very clever idea!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I understand. There are certain flowers that just don’t excite us as much as others, but it’s nice you found a redeeming quality in this color. Thanks for commenting. Susie

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Annette, thank you so much. I am honored at your use of the word “Zen”. The word struck a chord this morning for some reason, so I googled it and found some of the most calming images. sigh.

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