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 then seemed a perfect choice for today’s vase.
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.
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.
The second vase features my first ever Calla lilies. Foliage of Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ is used to highlight the yellow Callas.
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.
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)
Gardenia jasminoides (cape jasmine)
Zantedeschia ‘Orange Blend’ (Calla lily)
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust Aucuba)
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.