Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of cuttings from our gardens.
I chose a surprise late-blooming gladiolus as the focal point for today’s flowers. I find the reddish-orange waxy petals deliciously compelling.
With the gladiolus always in the forefront, or a time the design drifted from my original plan for a spare Ikebana look. Here is the initial work—the first stage. I liked this but it left exposed a lot of floral oasis.
To conceal the mechanics I began adding other flowers. Eventually the design looked totally different and off-balance in composition and weight of materials. I also thought the gaura stems began to look cluttered, detracting from the flowers.
Surrounded by dahlias, clematis, buddleia, salvia and lantana, the gladiolus maintained its presence but looked out of place. The shape of the gladiolus was awkward and heavy in relation to everything else, yet it was beautiful in and of itself.
Cutting the sword into smaller and smaller pieces I finally worked my way back to a design that speaks to the essence of the starring flower. Switching vases made a big difference. In my hand portions of the gladiolus seemed perfect but were still heavy. Almost satisfied with this stage the jutting piece to the right created too much tension.
At the expense of the design’s height, when I trimmed the wayward section and repositioned the stems, the overall result was more harmonious.
Against the black glaze the gladiolus essence is on full display.
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)
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.