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