In A Vase On Monday – Accent Orange

In A Vase On Monday – Accent Orange

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens.

Gardenias are in full bloom on the north side of our house. There are two shrubs each reaching over 7 feet tall. One can smell them from the street the scent is so intense.

Gardenia jasminoides (cape jasmine)

Gardenia then seemed a perfect choice for today’s vase.

Gardenia jasminoides (cape jasmine)

After several tries at combining gardenias with asclepias and calla lilies, I decided to regroup. I separated the flowers and created two arrangements, keeping brightly colored orange asclepias in common with both.

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)

In the first vase gardenias and asclepias are inserted into a black floral frog that holds water. The frog in turn is placed into a new small gray footed dish with a graceful, sinuous curve.

Gardenia jasminoides (cape jasmine)

The second vase features my first ever Calla lilies. Foliage of Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ is used to highlight the yellow Callas.

In A Vase On Monday – Accent Orange

Of the three calla lilies that have bloomed so far from a package labelled ‘Orange Blend’, two flowers are yellow. The photo on the cover promised they would be more exotic, but I am happy they bloomed.

Zantedeschia ‘Orange Blend’ (Calla lily)

Zantedeschia ‘Orange Blend’ (Calla lily)

Materials

Flowers
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)
Gardenia jasminoides (cape jasmine)
Zantedeschia ‘Orange Blend’ (Calla lily)

Foliage
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust Aucuba)

Vases
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Blue Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)
Footed ceramic dish, gray matte finish

The next few weeks will be busy away from the garden, on a special journey—an intense 200-hour yoga teacher training program.  I am beyond excited. As my focus shifts I hope to be able to create Monday vases and continue reading your posts though I may not get a chance to comment often. Soon after the yoga training ends, the Garden Bloggers’ Fling will begin.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

34 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Accent Orange

  1. Christina

    Both vases show your skill with this elegant kind of arrangement. I’m envious of the Gardenias – I’m really not sure why they aren’t seen here as our conditions aren’t that different. Maybe they do better in your humid summer conditions. Have fun with the yoga and especially the ‘fling’

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina. The gardenias seem to do best with plenty of water (and we’ve had that this year), but now we’re getting quite hot temps so the flowers brown rather quickly. I was at Duke Gardens last Saturday with a friend and it was around 90F and terribly humid. We soon gave up. Reminded me of our day there a couple of years ago when it was 100F. How did we do it?

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  2. Cath

    Wow, those Gardenias are stunning! Mine are a much smaller variety, ‘Professor Pucci’ . Both the vases are beautiful. I haven’t seen that variety of Asclepius before, it’s fantastic. Do the monarchs like it? I tried orange Calla Lillies last year, a variety called ‘Inferno’. They were beautiful and strong and flowered for ages so I will try to get more. I hope your Yoga and Fling go well.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      A neighbor rooted these gardenias in little yogurt cups and shared them about 15 years ago. Wish I knew the name. The asclepius is native to eastern North America.

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  3. AlisonC

    Oh, I’m imagining the scent! I’m envious that you can have a gardenia bush! They are the perfect foil for the orange. The dark Calla is definitely not orange but I do like it!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      They do smell wonderful, filling up the house. The callas are fun–will have to try some different ones. I just picked these up at a local box store this spring.

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  4. Eliza Waters

    I opened your page and gasped! I am so envious of your abundance of gardenia blossoms – a favorite scent of mine. Alas, we are too far north for such pleasures, but I can enjoy yours vicariously. Lovely designs today, Susie.

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  5. Cathy

    You never fail to deliver with your Monday vases, Susie; both display the simple elegance that you do so well and separating the material into two vases was the right choice, one that you no doubt made intuitively. How exciting to be doing this yoga teaching course – do you lead a yoga class already, or just participate? What a busy time it will be, with the Fling coming up too

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. The gardenias were downward facing which made them hard to work with, so it did help to simplify the arrangement. The idea of yoga teacher training is daunting but I’ve wanted to take one for some time, mostly for self-improvement. I’ve not taught it before, but we’ll see.

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  6. Kris P

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many gardenias in one place, Susie! Both arrangements are lovelyalthough I admit a preference for the second one with the calla lilies – the orange blend lily couldn’t be more perfect in echoing the color of the butterfly weed. Best wishes with the yoga training and I look forward to meeting you in person at the Fling!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The gardenias look the best ever so had to share that view. I will have to try more callas–they’re pretty fun to have for cut flowers. Hope they’ll continue to bloom as promised. Can’t wait to meet you in person Kris. Maybe we can get together for dinner one night.

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  7. Cathy

    Your gardenias are fabulous Susie! I especially love the arrangement where you have used them – the new vase is lovely too. All the best with the yoga course – have fun!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. The gardenias are just amazing this year. Such a treat. The little vase was an inexpensive find but it has nice “bones.” Looking forward to the yoga. Starts tomorrow.

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  8. Julie@peonies&posies

    Fabulous as ever Susie – I do love your style! I am very jealous of your gardenia – that is something I could never grow in my garden – I am restricted to a tiny indoor version. Enjoy your yoga course – that sounds like an amazing experience & I wish you luck with the training.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I appreciate your good wishes Julie. So far the yoga is challenging but fun. Glad I took the plunge and decide to try it. This is definitely a good gardenia year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The gardenias fade so quickly but these bushes are full this year. Also have some ‘August Beauty’ gardenias blooming profusely for the first time. They’ve been pouty in the past. We’ve had a lot of rain this year and I think they love it.

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  9. rickii

    The gardenias are lovely (I can almost smell them from here) but it is the second vase that gets to me. I have a Calla lily, ‘Flame’ that starts out yellow but deepens to orange/red over a long blooming period.

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