In A Vase On Monday—Summer Spectrum

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Monday morning is time 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.

After watering the garden Sunday morning I gathered flowers for a vase.  Choosing as many Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ as I could find, I clustered them together in the center of my grandmother’s glass floral frog as the starting point for an arrangement. The container is a hand-thrown ceramic glazed picece, about 9 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches tall.

Cluster stems of Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' in center of glass frog

Cluster stems of Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ in center of glass frog

I added a few stems of Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) to help define the outer edges of design.

Add Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) to help define outer edge of design

Add Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) to help define outer edge of design

For filler flowers I used a stem of Alstroemeria and different colors of Angelonia.

Add Angelonia to fill in design toward outer edge

Add Angelonia to fill in design toward outer edge

Next I deconstructed a gladiolus to use the individual blooms around the base of the arrangement.

Descontruct Gladiolus. Use to add color and hide mechanics.

Descontruct Gladiolus. Use to add color and hide mechanics.

A single Dahlia ‘Firepot’ and  an Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed) were used as focal flowers.

Dahlia ‘Firepot’, Gladiolus

Dahlia ‘Firepot’, Gladiolus

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed), Gladiolus

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed), Gladiolus

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

I can quibble with the design proportions—the materials need to be extended out wider and the shape is uneven. As I rotate the vase I realize the arrangement looks very different from front to back and from overhead it is askew.

In A Vase On Monday. View From Above

In A Vase On Monday. View From Above

And yet, I love this vase of flowers. The flowers are fresh, the textures are interesting together.

The rich vibrant hues in this assortment speak to me of summer itself. At first the colors contrast and shock, then they blend and meld.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Dahlia ‘Firepot’, Gladiolus

Dahlia ‘Firepot’, Gladiolus

Materials

Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)
Angelonia ‘Alonia Big Indigo’
Angelonia ‘Raspberry’
Angelonia ’Serena White’
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)
Dahlia ‘Firepot’
Gladiolus sp.
Gomphrena globosa (Globe amaranth)
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' and Gladiolus

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ and Gladiolus

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)

Angelonia ’Serena White’

Angelonia ’Serena White’

Angelonia ‘Raspberry’

Angelonia ‘Raspberry’

Gomphrena, Angelonia ‘Raspberry’, Gladiolus

Gomphrena, Angelonia ‘Raspberry’, Gladiolus

Thank you to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for welcoming everyone to join her in this opportunity to share a vase each week. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

32 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Summer Spectrum

  1. Christina

    Thank you for showing how the vase came together Susie; I find that really helpful. You’ve given me an idea of how to use the gladioli that are flowering – too many all at once, de-constructing them might mean I can use more of them. I love how you’ve so successfully put all the colours together.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina. I’m enjoying this arrangement with al the colors shouting out. I’ve never tried using gladioli this way and am not sure how well they’ll last. Of course the ones from the bottom of the stem always go first anyway, but I think they’d be pretty in little shot glass size vases.

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  2. AnnetteM

    Your vase is beautiful. The blue of your salvia is quite spectacular and carries the whole vase. It goes so well with the orange gladioli and butterfly weed.

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  3. Kris P

    I love how different this one looks from each side, Susie. I also love the mix of bright blue and orange – it’s always an attention-grabbing combination. And I’m now bemoaning the fact that I haven’t plant’s more Angelonia this year as all I have are a few scrappy plants that have come back from last year’s planting. Thanks too for showing how you put the arrangement together – for someone who more often plunks rather than arranges flowers, that’s a good tutorial.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. Blue and orange may not work in every case but this salvia seems to call for something dramatic. Wish Angelonia would return here but it doesn’t survive our winter. Maybe you can cut yours back by half and see if they’ll rejuvenate.

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  4. Cathy

    Definitely a summer spectrum, Susie! That salvia is amazing but you have built up the other colours brilliantly around them – and no doubt we will all be thinking about deconstructing blooms for a vase!! I am not surprised you love it – thanks for sharing.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I can’t guarantee the deconstructing will provide long-lived blooms but it does seem to work with the glads so far. I saw a Japanese floral design that used orchids that way. (I’d love to have orchids to experiment with!)

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  5. Donna@Gardens Eye View

    I think this is a stunning vase Susie, and even though you saw it as askew, I am glad you like it….a perfect vase is that vase that stirs something magical within us when we see it.

    I adored how you deconstructed a gladiolus. I love this meme because I learn so much….now I can use glads in such a different way!

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  6. rickii

    I never thought of using glads that way. Usually I pull dying lower parts and cut them down day by day, until they are mere stubs. Nice to add a new technique to the arsenal. If your arrangement were perfectly symmetrical, it would project a formality that would be at odds with the riot of color. In other words, I think it’s perfect as is.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you so much! I am really enjoying the bright explosive color of this week’s vase. (I have some of those gladiola stubs too! Just hate to throw them out if there’s still a bloom.)

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  7. Eliza Waters

    Absolutely stunning! I love the tightness of the layers of colors and your close-ups show the exquisite details of each. You really outdid yourself this week ~ A++!
    I wanted to mention how interesting it is that the buds of Asclepias look so much like the eggs of monarch butterflies, which rely solely on them in the larval stage – nature is endlessly fascinating, isn’t it?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for the A++ Eliza. You made my day! I do hope the asclepius is hosting some monarchs this summer. I usually see a handful in late September when they are migrating I assume.

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  8. Bec

    Your vase is lovely 🙂 the blue of the salvia is so intense and I love the vibrant colours. Thank you for showing how youve put it together too. Ive not tried flower arranging using oasis for this meme yet ?- as I wouldnt really know where to start – mine you my chap works in the wholesale florist industry (not flowrrs) so I really should give it a go… have a lovely week love bec xx

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  9. P&B

    Definitely a ‘Summer Spectrum’. After scrolling up and down at your photos, it makes me think that I should grow more annual flowers.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Isn’t it beautiful? Aclepias is a genus known as the milkweeds. Some of them may be weedy but not this one. I find it hard to keep established in my garden.

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