A great beginning to my week is to join Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly invitation to fill and share a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden. We finally had several nice rains—not enough to be underwater, but I am celebrating today with a submerged arrangement.
My new glass vase I used last week can support a design using a large quantity of flowers or perhaps one with a few very tall, strong stemmed ones, but what if neither is easily available. I decided to experiment to see what other possibilities I could find for using it.
Vaguely I remembered a garden club meeting once with a demonstration of a floral design where the blooms were placed under the water. This seemed like a fun place to start and I found some examples online. With this technique I learned it is feasible to combine a large vase and a single flower with dramatic effect.
I gathered my materials in the dining room so the arrangement would not have to be moved once the vase was filled. Here are a simple materials list and the steps I followed.
Floral pin frog
Tall glass vase
Fill the vase half full with water. Carefully add decorative beach glass or other stones, optional.
Measure the height of the flower against the vase. I wanted it to be almost as tall as the vase itself, but this will depend upon the type of flower one is using. Trim excess stem straight across. Insert the gladiolus firmly into a floral pin. This pin is about 3/4 inch diameter.
Lower the flower into the water. Use a chopstick or other tool to settle the flower into position and gently adjust the beach glass to hide the mechanics.
Finish filling the vase all the way to the top. Some bubbles will form on the flowers. I read distilled water can prevent this but it was not important to me.
Apparently, submerged arrangements will not last very long, perhaps a day or two. Nevertheless, do try this at home. Other waxy flowers such as roses and orchids can be used. Delicate flowers that fall apart easily will cloud the water.
The arrangement was easy to assemble but I think the result is elegant and sophisticated.