In A Vase On Monday – Tangerine Glow

In A Vase On Monday – Tangerine Glow

Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement every Monday using materials collected from our gardens. This week the main focus is broad leafed foliage and stem of canna whose orange flower is teasingly slow to unfurl.

This canna’s name is a mystery, but I admire its strongly patterned, richly colored leaves.

In A Vase On Monday – Tangerine Glow

Orange Canna

A few gardenias are blooming this week, a welcome surprise, especially since the brutally cold winter had caused serious damage to the bushes.

Dahlia, Zinnia and Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’

Zinnias continue to be a bright spot in the garden, although some of the plants are dying back now and the flowers are smaller.

In A Vase On Monday – Tangerine Glow

Verbena bonariensis adds dashes of color all around the borders.

Verbena bonariensis

Materials
Flowers
Canna
Dahlia ‘Fireworks’
Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again’ (Zinnia elegant pumila), Botanical Interests.
Foliage
Canna. Gardenia
Vase
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Ikebana Blue Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H inches)

In A Vase On Monday – Tangerine Glow

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

32 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Tangerine Glow

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Malc, I bought 3 plants early in spring of this Dahlia “Fireworks,” and this one is definitely my favorite of them. The others, a red and a yellow, show more “fireworks” pattern but this one has them beat.

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  1. Cathy

    Elegant vase as always – orange and blue are THE perfect partnership! How daring you are to have cut your perfect canna leaf and flower! I don’t know if I could have. But it was worth it – a perfect addition that really shapes your arrangement.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy! The canna is fairly overgrown and no longer blooms well, so I did consider leaving the flower but I’m enjoying it much more indoors now. Hope your summer has been great. Hard to believe autumn is upon us.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Judy. That big leaf does add a bit of drama. As usual I had one thing in mind and ended with something different, but that’s part of the fun.

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  2. Christina

    The Canna makes a striking starting point for your arrangement. I bought a Canna Durban yesterday at a plant sale which also has amazingly colored foliage, I look forward to being able to use it as you have. Another very special vase from you.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina. Your Canna Durban should be perfect for a foliage feature. Wish I knew for sure but I think mine is Tropicanna Canna. Bought it the first year we were in this house but it no longer blooms well.

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  3. Peter Herpst

    Your arrangements are always inspiring to me as success with ikebana type arranging eludes me. Your sense of balance, color, and form is admirable. I would never have thought of using these blooms together but you’ve created something truly gorgeous with them.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Peter. This ikebana vase has just a small floral pin, so it hold only a small amount of material. Just add 5-7 stems of anything, that’s my rule!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks! Yes, I have a note in my plant list this might be Tropicanna. Hard to know at this point as I bought it about 16 years ago especially for that interesting foliage and the orange flower. At the time I mostly saw red cannas.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Ricki. I had brought in a whole bunch of verbena bonariensis and within moments it began dropping all the flowers. I had to shift gears, but fortunately there was one sturdy stem of purple!

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  4. Kris P

    Once again I love the color combination. The Canna sets the stage for the whole arrangement beautifully. I’ve resisted the appeal of thirsty Cannas thus far but as I love big-leafed plants and there are few that grow well here, I may cave eventually.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Kris. We had some heavy rains in early August that gave the cannas a boost. They haven’t bloomed well in years but they’re incredibly hard to dig out and relocate.

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  5. tonytomeo

    Oh, I do not know that canna. It looks like ‘Wyoming’ in the picture, but ‘Wyoming’ should not be patterned. I happen to like cannas. I do not know why. I got ‘Australia’ because I wanted the dark bronze foliage to contrast with the pale green of my common houseleeks. It works splendidly. Now I want others!

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