In A Vase On Monday—Pink Glass and Orchid

Pink Phalaenopsis And Bottle

Pink Phalaenopsis And Bottle

Monday brings the chance to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday, where the goal is simply to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.

Today’s offering comes from my indoors garden. I received a beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid as a house gift several weeks ago. Already in full bloom, the flowers are pink with chocolatey overtones on the lip.

Pink Phalaenopsis Displays Cocoa Overtones

Pink Phalaenopsis Displays Cocoa Overtones

Yesterday I clipped one of the three stems to use in today’s vase, my first time experimenting with the luxury of orchids as cut flowers.

I had in mind a specific and complex Ikebana arrangement, but once I started working with the design I realized it would take more time to execute my plan than I could possibly spend.

Instead a pink perfume bottle purchased from a glass artist at the annual Carolina Designer Craftsmen Festival years ago made a harmonious container for a simplified arrangement. The actual color is less coppery and more pink than the photographs depict.

Pink Perfume Bottle

Pink Perfume Bottle

The depth of design, pattern and color integral to the bottle are strong enough to reinforce the orchid’s beauty.

Pink Perfume Bottle Detail

Pink Perfume Bottle Detail

The graceful curves in the glass and the overall shape of the vase complement the gentle arch of the blossoms.

Pink Phalaenopsis And Bottle

Pink Phalaenopsis And Bottle

Pink Phalaenopsis And Bottle

Pink Phalaenopsis And Bottle

Pink Phalaenopsis And Bottle

Pink Phalaenopsis And Bottle

As always a big thank you to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for organizing and hosting. It is always fun to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

37 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Pink Glass and Orchid

  1. Chloris

    Perfect combination of vase and flower, what an eye you have. I love the bottle, what a gorgeous colour. I always have lots of Phalaenopsis around the house, they are as cheap as chips since micropropagation and they bloom for weeks. They only have a short rest and off they go again. I have never tried cutting them, I wonder if they are long lived in water. Do let us know how long it lasts.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks! Chips are still cheaper here, but orchids are much more readily available than ever. I’ve heard orchids last well as a cut flower, but after I made this arrangement I looked it up. Some orchids are much more long-lasting than Phalaenopsis, but it should keep 1-2 weeks.

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  2. Donna@Gardens Eye View

    Susie this is perfection…simple colors that complement, simple curves that work together and both bloom and glass works of art that fit….I am just stunned at the look of this vase…and I love the art glass!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Christina. I love the artistry of the glass bottle. It was a gift for my mother-in-law during one of her visits and after she died, it was returned to us. Wonderful keepsake of a vibrant woman.

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  3. Cathy

    That is a gorgeous glass bottle – so tactile and with such a depth of design and colour. The orchid is the perfect partner for this delightful combination Susie.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Wish I knew the name of the glass artist who made the bottle, but it is lost to me. Hope the person is still creating such beautiful objects.

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  4. Wild Daffodil

    Utterly beautiful. So lovely to see a close up of the swirly patterns and colours in that wonderful glass bottle. I’m smitten with orchids and have rather a lot in the house so that there are always at least 2 flowering all year round. I’ve never had one with 3 stems though – orchid envy!

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  5. Kris P

    You couldn’t have paired that Phalaenopsis with a better container, Susie. I brought 2 of these plants home when we cleared my mother-in-law’s home for sale and all but abandoned them to their own devices in a neglected area of my garden but they still surprise me by throwing out bloom spikes now and then. They’re remarkable plants.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. It would be wonderful to be able leave orchids outdoors and have them bloom. My sister has quite a collection of them and gave me my first one (in honor of my retirement). I love to linger by them at the store.

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  6. Eliza Waters

    Simply beautiful – the perfume bottle is a lovely art piece. Art glass these days is quite amazing. There are quite a few glass artists in our area, the most famous being Josh Simpson. I see a lot at our local fairs, always beautiful!

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  7. homeslip

    We are having fun with this meme aren’t we? I would guess that you would not have cut your orchid to pair with your beautiful art glass bottle without the impetus of In a vase on Monday. Simple, but stunningly beautiful.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you and yes, you’re absolutely right. It is fun and I would not have ventured to cut the orchid were it not for In A Vase On Monday.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Beth. OH yes, do get yourself one. I’m much more likely to buy a plant for outdoors than in, but Phalaenopsis are so long-lasting they’re a good value.

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  8. Hannah

    Now you piqued my interest in your Ikebana, but the fantastic art glass vase and the orchid complement each other so beautifully, the curves flow together perfectly. The colorful details of the vase are amazing.

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