In A Vase On Monday – Summer Swords

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Swords

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens. Many gladiolas, known to some as sword lilies, opened throughout the week, allowing me to keep vases of them scattered throughout the house.

The ones I grow are mostly rich jewel tones. The stems are quite tall and heavy, a little awkward to balance. I chose a heavy, substantial Ikebana vase in which to display a few of them today.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Swords

Crinum lilies are just beginning to form bulbils  on the flower heads now that the flowers are finished. I realized after cutting them they will be more interesting when allowed to develop further, but I included a couple at this stage anyway for textural contrast.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Swords

Gladiolus ‘Espresso’
Gladiolus no-names white and bright red
Gladiolus ‘Purple Flora ‘
Crinum × powellii (Crinum lily) head
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Swords

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.

16 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Summer Swords

  1. Cathy

    I love gladioli and that rich brownish red one is really lovely. Interesting seedheads of the lilies – what a great idea to use them. 😃

  2. Cathy

    Yes, the crinum heads are a great addition, and an ikebana dish is the perfect receptacle for gladioli. Are the ones in the forefront shorter varieties or have you just used part of the stems?

  3. Kris P

    Seeing all your beautiful glads, I’m sorry I didn’t plant more last year or earlier this year. I just found a package of a dozen bulbs I’d tucked away and completely forgotten about.

  4. greentapestry

    Oh more glorious glads 😀 What a variety you have. I have put ‘Expresso’ on my wish list for next year – such an attractive deep colour. I’m glad to see Kris’s comments. It’s most reassuring to know that I’m not the only person to forget to plant mine 😂

  5. tonytomeo

    Wow! White is of course my favorite for gladiolus; but ‘Espresso’ is impressively rich! I do happen to like that one. Also, it is interesting to see the Crinum floral truss. My neighbor in town does that with lily of the Nile floral trusses, which can be dried and even spray painted. There are two allium floral trusses here right now. I am waiting for their seed to dry.

  6. Horticat

    A striking architectural arrangement, Susie! I think I would struggle to arrange gladiolus, but as usual, you have created something unique and beautiful 🙂

  7. theshrubqueen

    Nice rich, dramatic color combination. I have a few surprise glads popping up, though I am not expecting much. My first thought – what is the seedhead?? It is very cool and a neat textural element. That container is my favorite vase you have. Adds weight to the arrangement.


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