In A Vase On Monday – Expressly Espresso

In A Vase On Monday – Expressly Espresso

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of cuttings from our gardens.

Planted in 2018 Gladiolus ‘Espresso’ is tucked away at the edge of my garden in what I thought would be a much sunnier spot than it turned out to be.

Grown specifically for cutting these flowers have exceeded my expectations. My photographs scarcely convey the color complexity of the flowers. Espresso, chocolate, wine in bud, the open blooms remind me of the translucence of alizarin crimson oil paint. Petals are silken.

In A Vase On Monday – Expressly Espresso

Gladioli spikes can be arranged (trimmed, cut apart, and cajoled), but these are, to use our host Cathy’s phrase, plopped into a drinking glass within the cavernous interior of the container.

Gladiolus ‘Espresso’
Ceramic pot, unknown N.C. artist

The vase itself is richly glazed. Usually its red accent is the darkest red around, but today the gladiolas predominate.

In A Vase On Monday – Expressly Espresso

Here are a couple of images filtered through the Waterlogue app.

In A Vase On Monday – Expressly Espresso

In A Vase On Monday – Expressly Espresso

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.

37 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Expressly Espresso

  1. Chris Mousseau

    That colour is a real show stopper – I looked up your description and found: alizarin crimson oil paint is “…a poignant bluish red color carefully made from a single earth pigment ground in linseed oil.” Are you a painter? I’m regretting not planting glads this year…

  2. Noelle M

    What a superb colour on your gladioli, and the green of the stem and buds a beautiful counter balance. Nice vase too. Love the effect of the Waterlogue app.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I love that little Waterlogue app. Playing with it is like a meditation practically. I was looking at your watercolors tray recently on your blog and was thinking i should be painting. You’re welcome to paint one Bev; would appreciate photo credit.

  3. Cathy

    What gloriously dark gladioli these are, Susie, and what a perfect vase for them – the Waterlogue app just emphasises this. Lovely all round so thanks for sharing

  4. theshrubqueen

    I always think I will get back to painting, too. You brought the color to life through the descriptions – I want to see these in person now! Beautiful and simple and the vase is perfect. The waterlogue thing is cool. I tried glads last year, the bulbs molded I think.

  5. krispeterson100

    You are a master at growing and displaying glads, Susie. Influenced by you, I planted two varieties of glads this year, one promising lime green and the other purple flowers, I purchased the bulbs late and planted late but they’re on their way. My fingers are crossed.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you 🙏. I tried a green variety one year but they didn’t produce. Too hot and drought didn’t help. I do hope yours do great. Look forward to seeing them.


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