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.
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.
The depth of design, pattern and color integral to the bottle are strong enough to reinforce the orchid’s beauty.
The graceful curves in the glass and the overall shape of the vase complement the gentle arch of the blossoms.