In A Vase On Monday – Summer Serenity

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Serenity [color filter: Instant]

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

The first two of an all white gladiolus collection planted in early summer have begun to open. In a season when bright hot colors usually dominate, these clean, fresh flowers evoke a sense of purity and calm.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Serenity

Each white flower is accented with purple pollen grains and violet brushstrokes at the throat.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Serenity

These purple attributes are reinforced in the design by the amethyst swirls of a Caithness glass bud vase and spires of lavender-blue Russian sage.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Serenity

The camera enunciated a pale yellow characteristic that barely registers when viewed in person, but which complements nonetheless.


Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage)

Caithness glass bud vase

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Serenity

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to release 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.

33 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Summer Serenity

  1. Linda from Each Little World

    You are certainly right that your vase is the opposite of Cathy’s! I find gladiolas a difficult flower to use in a vase and you’ve really managed to make them part of a group. Usually they seem to shout and take over. A beautiful arrangement.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You know Linda, I agree. Glads are beautiful but difficult–they’re heavy and don’t flex at all. They may work better bunched together in a nice tall vase. I sacrificed quite a bit of the unopened buds at the top to get them to balance. I was so excited to see these two bloom because we had a deep heat wave just as they shot up and were forming flowers. Amazing something so pure could survive 100 degrees/ 108 heat index.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Lisa. I bought white glads on sale back in 2001, the first summer we moved to this house. I probably wouldn’t have tried them but they were the only color left. They are long gone now but for some reason I had them on my mind this year, remembering them fondly.

  2. Cathy

    Yes, I recognise that vase as Caithness immediately as it is so distinctive 🙂 Your gladioli are astonishing, just so WHITE, and then to have that subtle detailing too… Wonderful, and the perovskia is the perfect foil – don’t know I have never got round to getting any of that. Love the angle of the uppermost part of the taller gladiolus stem – it just sets the arrangement off. Thanks for sharing, Susie

  3. Kris P

    I don’t think this arrangement could be more perfect, Susie. Even the way the Perovskia weaves its way around those pristine Gladiolas adds grace. I love that vase too.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Kris. Initially I had all the Perovskia up tall, but it worked out better trimming it lower. Of course, it’s dropping petals everywhere now, not a long-lasting choice.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Beth. I heartily recommend growing them. Used to go out every morning with my grandmother to cut gladiolas for a vase, so my love for them goes way back.


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