In A Vase On Monday – Purple And Other Flora

In A Vase On Monday – Purple And Other Flora

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.

Since early childhood I have loved gladioli. Last year I planted Gladiolus ‘Purple Flora’ and its rich red counterpart, ‘Espresso.’ In blooming this June the purple one leads the way by just a few days and is today’s featured flower.

Gladiolus ‘Purple Flora’

I tried to partner it only with red Lilium ‘Black Out’ in a simple Ikebana design, but together the red and purple were so intense they needed relief. Soon I had brought in a host of other flowers.

Keeping the strong purple and red hues at center and left, I offset the design with lighter colors and varying textures on the right side near the base.

In A Vase On Monday – Purple And Other Flora

Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’
Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’
Gladiolus ‘Purple Flora’
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Hydrangea macrophylla (passalong from blogger Jayme, 2013)
Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Black Matte Dish With Red Interior

In A Vase On Monday – Purple And Other Flora

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower-filled vases across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place in a vase this week. Peace to you.

28 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Purple And Other Flora

  1. Chris Mousseau

    What an incredibly regal colour! We plant gladiola bulbs in the spring here, and generally need to lift them in the fall if we want to grow them again the following year. A lot of work, but for a colour like that it would be worth it!

  2. Cindy Coghill

    The deep purple and red are indeed intense. I don’t think I have any flowers in my garden that intense. They certainly can make a statement with their deep jewel colors. A very lovely arrangement that requires center stage.

  3. Cathy

    My goodness, what a dense spike of flowers the gladiolus has! And what a glorious colour! The amaryllis leaves really work to balance the height of the gladiolus and the dahlias certainly do soften the overall effect. Lovely vase, as always, Susie

  4. Kris Peterson

    I was laser-focused on that wonderful purple glad this week, Susie. It is magnificent. I recently planted glads in my cutting garden for the first time but I haven’t gotten all of the bulbs in the ground yet. Your beautiful specimens just encouraged me to get to it.

  5. Eliza Waters

    Oh, such a gorgeous, rich purple– a real knock-out!
    I only got around to planting my dahlias in the garden this past week (such a cold spring) and here yours are blooming already!

  6. Cathy

    These rich colours make such an impact, and as usual you have got the shape just right for the vase. Love the Hydrangea flowers. 😃

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The glads seem a bit early to me too but they were planted last year. I didn’t get new ones this year so I’m glad they returned in such good condition.


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