In A Vase On Monday – Gladiolas In Red Vase

In A Vase On Monday – Gladiolas In Red Vase

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

During summer days a closed-in back porch at my maternal grandmother’s was the hub of activity. The porch separated the kitchen from the main portion of the house. Just inside the back door in other seasons, we would pass by pots of out-of-bloom geraniums and begonias. But in summer those would have been set outside and in their stead would sit a carefully tended vase of gladiolas in mixed colors.

When I was five or six often I stayed overnight with my  grandmother. After breakfast, still early, she would get her flower clippers and we would go outside to see if any more of her glads had opened. The mystery of what colors they would be held such excitement for me.

Gladioli From My Garden With Grandma’s Vintage Flower Clippers – 2015

Grandma always wore an apron and would tuck up a corner just so, to hold whatever she was gathering. On these mornings she would come back indoors with an apron full of glads and proceed to groom the flowers already in the vase, removing the spent blooms from the bottom of the stems, making fresh cuts, adding clean water and finally arranging the newest stems into the vase. The rainbow array never failed to delight my young self and must have made her happy as well.

I still adore gladiolas but have drifted toward white ones and deep, intensely rich colors like G. ‘Espresso’. Its silky petals begin as nearly black and open into a sultry crimson.

Baptisia Foliage, unopened Gladiolus ‘Espresso’

Gladiolus ‘Espresso’

Gladiolus

The bright red glad came without a name but has distinctive inner markers and rich color.

In A Vase On Monday – Gladiolas In Red Vase

Keeping company with the gladiolas, Beebalm has begun flowering after several years of nearly disappearing. The spot of blue at upper left is bachelor button.

Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

The mophead hydrangea in today’s vase is a pass-along that came from a reader when I first began this blog. She was a volunteer at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC and the hydrangea was one her father grew.  My grandmother also had a hydrangea by her back porch step (my cousin still grows it). Hers and everyone’s flowered blue due to the acid soil conditions in our small town.  I would much prefer blue to pink but haven’t in all these year taken time to add aluminum sulfate.

Hydrangea macrophylla

Materials
Flowers
Centaurea cyanus ‘Blue Diadem’ (Bachelor’s Buttons)
Gladiolus ‘Espresso’
Gladiolus no-names white and bright red
Hydrangea macrophylla
Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)
Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)
Foliage
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Container
Red/black raku vase, Charles Chrisco, Chrisco’s Pottery—Seagrove Potters

I hope this lily bud will create a focal point when it opens front and center in a few days.

In A Vase On Monday – Gladiolas In Red Vase

In A Vase On Monday – Gladiolas In Red Vase

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what is blooming in her UK garden and across the globe this week.

27 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Gladiolas In Red Vase

  1. Horticat

    I loved reading your memories of staying with your Grandmother and the care she put into her beloved ‘glads’. Sounds like her nurturing of these special flowers also nurtured a love of flowers in you! Such a precious memory.

    And of course you chose the perfect vessel for this week’s beautiful and striking arrangement 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, I’m glad I had a chance to spend time with her. She cooked special meals for me and played endless games of checkers. ha! ha! We also watched soap operas in afternoon.

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  2. tonytomeo

    Galdiolus were probably my favorite flowers to grow from bulbs when I was a kid. Of course, white was my favorite, but also, I grew them with a matching quantity of simple red. Okay, so I am no designer. I was a kid, and thought that red went well with white. I eventually tried other colors, but eventually became dissatisfied with how they are not reliably perennial. I intend to grow more in the future. I might get copies of a few that have somehow survived at work for many years, although they are orange and purple, which are two of my lesser favorite colors.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’ve noticed that also Tony. The orange and coral seem to last very well (although even they have eventually died out here). Easy enough to replant glads and fairly inexpensive.

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      1. tonytomeo

        Yes, although I prefer ‘reliably perennial’ perennials, gladiolus are woth their minor expense. Tangly Cottage Gardening sent me a box of perennial Gladiolus papilio, which I am VERY pleased with, and can not stop bragging about, but they are not as showy as the fancy hybrid sorts. They are a wildflower type, that somehow sort of look like they should naturally live here. I would like them to bloom enough for me to cut a bunch of them to bring in. At the rate they are going, they could do that at any time.

  3. Kris P

    You couldn’t ask for a better vase to suit today’s dramatic arrangement, Susie. That red gladiola is fabulous but I love the rich burgundy one too. I’ve had mixed experiences with gladiolas but, after finding a dozen bulbs I tucked away failed to plant this year, I’m kicking myself.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris, I am fond of that vase. I collected 5 in total by that potter, all in red and black. Maybe it’s not too late to plant the glads. You can keep planting them every two weeks so there are some throughout summer (not that I did that this year).

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  4. Cathy

    What a lovely memory to have of your grandmother, Susie 😊 I bought some reduced gladioli from our local garden centre in January, and there is now very healthy foliage in the borders, but when I have tried them before I have never achieved ant flowers and I am hoping things will be different this year!! I really like how you have mixed the unopened spikes with the open blooms, and the foliage at the front really sets the whole vase off – lovely, Susie 👍

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Grandmothers are special people. Hope your gladiolas produce flowers for you. They love sunshine. When I made the arrangement on Saturday I didn’t have many open yet but they since opened in the vase (lily too), giving it an evolving character. Appreciate you hosting each week.

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  5. greentapestry

    Oh I love glads Suzie and your post has reminded me that I bought some which I haven’t planted yet! Your vase is a perfect match for your flowers this week. What a precious gift you have in your grandmother’s clippers. It is a lovely feeling to hold gardening implements in your hands knowing who treasured them in the past.

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  6. Eliza Waters

    Stunning arrangement, Susie! I wish it wasn’t so, but glads are tied up in my memory with funeral arrangements. I’d much rather have your sweet memories of shared time with a grandmother. 🙂

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  7. theshrubqueen

    So pretty, Susie. I love the Baptistia foliage with everything and the deep colored glads. Will the buds open? I read about growing glads in my garden, recommendations include DDT! Not. I have a similar pair of shears from some long lost family member.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Amy. Yes, the buds opened and the lily filled in the front center as hoped. DDT surely is not legal anywhere? Aren’t those random artifacts from family special?

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      1. theshrubqueen

        Pretty sure DDT is long gone..one of those things I can’t believe when I see..soak in DDT I love the random artifacts, not sure anyone else will!

  8. Cathy

    A stunning arrangement, so rich in variety and colour… and memories! I do hope you will share a snap of the vase when the lily opens too. The foliage is absolutely perfect too. Gorgeous vase Susie, as always! 😃

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy! I did get a photo of the vase when the lily opened and I’ll try to share it. Of course, the lily opened up higher than I expected so I rearranged it a bit. 😀

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  9. Annette

    Such a precious memory. I like the way plants (can) connect us to other people and the past. I’m not very fond of the big gladioli although they look stunning in your vase but I find them difficult to combine. Having said that I grow Gladiolus byzantinus which is doing so well here. Fab vase too, Susie, it perfectly mirrors the colours of the flowers. Happy summer days 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I agree with you the glads can be challenging. Glad you have found your Gladiolus byzantinus to be happy in your garden. I should try it again. This year I ordered Peacock Orchid (Gladiolus acidanthera) –just looked it up to verify and I find the name has chanced to Gladiolus murielae! Waiting to see if they will like their new home. Take good care, Annette.

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