In A Vase On Monday – Duality

In A Vase On Monday – Duality

Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement every Monday using materials collected from our gardens. After very little rain recently an impending hurricane lurks in the Atlantic.

The inspiration for my vase this week is the foliage of my favorite indoor plant, Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ or Beefsteak Begonia, with its rich forest green leaves that somehow are richly red on the underside.  I have been watching this begonia overflow its pot this summer and so decided to remove a section to use today. Then I will allow it to root in water and pass it along.

Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ (Beefsteak Begonia)

Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ (Beefsteak Begonia)

I wanted also to feature a garden phlox, perhaps it is ‘Robert Poore,’ that has been quietly blooming for many weeks in the southwestern part of the garden. Once clippers were in hand I discovered there was not as much flowering as it had seemed.

Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)

Phlox then has been overshadowed by strong spires and deep color of my next choice, Angelonia, which is dominating the meditation circle with its vigor.

Once all the materials were chosen their colors seemed incompatible. (With apologies to Elizabeth Warren) I persisted. The shock of a bright orange zinnia was used to offset the weight of the red and green foliage in the lower half, to keep drawing the eye back up toward the purple-blue flowers in the upper half of the design.

Staging the Ikebana vase on top of an iron candleholder gave the begonia leaves space to drop and flow with grace, rather than be compressed at the base.

In A Vase On Monday – Duality

Materials
Flowers
Angelonia angustifolia ‘Blue’ (Summer Snapdragon)
Angelonia angustifolia ‘Purple’ (Summer Snapdragon)
Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)
Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)
Foliage
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)
Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ (Beefsteak Begonia)
Vase
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

Zinnia and Angelonia

In A Vase On Monday – Duality

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.

31 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Duality

  1. Christina

    That’s a really interesting way of combining such different flowers. You are always so clever at balancing colour and form. I would never have thought of using the orange Zinnia to balance the design. I wish you lived just around the corner so you could teach me all about these things.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I don’t know how well the zinnia worked but it was an attempt anyway. The begonia needed an armature to stand upright and I had neither time nor patience for that, so I let it drape–each week is an experiment. I wish we were close too–oh, that would be great.

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  2. susurrus

    Inspired design, choice of name and use of balance. Those trailing begonia leaves remind me of something, but I don’t know what: a juggler or an athlete perhaps.

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  3. Cathy

    Raising the ikebana vase is an inspired touch and works perfectly for these intriguing begonia leaves. The orange zinnia adds an extra twist and I think the vase would be poorer without it, Susie

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  4. Kris P

    This is an intriguing arrangement, Susie, and very effective. Your photos of the begonia will soon have me searching for the plant, which looks like it might be a great addition to my shade house. I’ve been thinking of you ever since I first heard about tropical storm, now hurricane, Florence. I expect you’re as well prepared as one can be for an event like that but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed she leaves you alone. Stay safe!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. I think the begonia would like your shade house quite well. Hope you find one. The storm is quite serious. My sister and her husband evacuated early from SC to our house and arrived this afternoon. The storm looks like we’re in for a direct hit here too. I’ve prepared as much as I can think to. Thanks for thinking of us.

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  5. Chloris

    Beefsteak Begonia is the perfect name for it, I have never seen one with such big, shiny leaves. That lovely angelonia again, I love it. A very elegant arrangement which is what we have come to expect of you.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks so much. The angelonia has done great this summer. I’m always pleased with it but it’s the best ever and should keep going another 6-8 weeks until first frost.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Libby. Yes, zinnias have really provided most of the material for my vases this summer. I’ve missed the red dahlia you gave me a few years back. It didn’t make it through the harsh winter.

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      1. theshrubqueen

        I know it well, sitting through the Irma drama last year was excruciating. Everyone here says “don’t worry til you see Jim Cantore” – he was about 20 miles up the road from me last year. This too shall pass.

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