Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase with materials selected from our gardens. I have two vases again this week, both with a single color focus.
Graceful arching branching of pass-along roses caught my eye in the garden this morning and I decided to feature the rose and try to recreate the its elegant flowing lines.
The container is a sculptural centerpiece designed by my daughter. She turned a slight crack in a piece of walnut into a design feature by shaping and carving the board. Small holes bored down the length of the wood are just the right size to hold tea candles and small vases (I’ve used narrow vodka glasses today).
Flowers and foliage
Handcrafted centerpiece, walnut. MLB.
Before I was bewitched by the roses my intention was to feature an Ikebana-style arrangement using a yellow passalong iris. Something simple with a bit of foliage.
Since I spent most of my free time with the roses, there was little time to fiddle with the iris design or frame better photographs. It looks cheery though in the foyer.
The various leaf shapes and textures are interesting and worth exploring another time. I particularly like the hydrangea nestled against the iris.
Narcissus x medioluteus (Twin Sisters / Cemetery Ladies )
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Polygonatum biflorum(Solomon’s seal)
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting each week. Visit her blog to see her vase and check out those of other gardeners from around the world.
Both arrangements are exceptionally pretty, Susie. The second I saw the wood piece you used to support the roses I wondered if it’d been created by your daughter. It’s a very creative piece and absolutely perfect for your arrangement so kudos to you both!
Thank you Kris. I adore using my daughter’s gift on our dining room table. I usually have tea lights and little shot glasses holding tiny blossoms year round.
I love the foliage mixture, especially the Solomon’s Seal. Wonderful. And the crack in the wood! Fantastic. Virgie is a star again.
The Soloman’s Seal is mostly hidden by some irises. Need to move one or the other! Yes, the VIrgie rose is wonderful I think. Virgie was a dear, sweet, fun and funny person. She was so kind to me.
Love both vases but am partial to those roses…what a color.
Donna, the rose really is the star this week and this week only. It’s fading all too quickly.
When I know a vase is going to be monochrome, I am always intrigued as to what colour it is going to be. I love the stand your daughter has produced, and what a pretty colour that rose is – combining them makes for a really charming arrangement. Your idea of combining the single iris with the mix of folige is equally charming though, the simplicity highlighting the complementary shades of yellow and green and the variation in the foliage. Lovely – thank you Susie
Beautiful arrangements, and creativity sure runs in the family. That is a lovely centerpiece.
The arrangement with the rose is wonderful, with that sweeping effect across the walnut centrepiece. The piece of wood your daughter crafted is lovely and natural looking. I do like walnut especially. And the yellow iris and foliage is simple and calming. 😃
Both arrangments are beautiful. It would be hard to pick just one.
What a brilliant and inspiring rose arrangement, Susie! It certainly does capture the growth patterns of the roses, and your daughter’s centerpiece design is fabulous.
The way the iris and hydrangea blend together is lovely as well. Roses, irises and narcissus all in bloom simultaneously–it’s a wonderfully rich season.
Ah, that iris is pretty. There is only one here like that. I thought that it was feral where I found it in the forest, so I am waiting to see how it performs in a new and cultivated ‘iris bed’. The flowers had not quite opened when I saw it last week.
Both arrangements are beautiful, for different reasons. It’s a special time of year when the roses bloom. 🙂
Love them both but the roses are perfect. You’ve really captured the flow of old roses along a fence and that’s just about impossible to do with such a blowsy flower.
In addition to a wealth of beautiful flowers in your garden, I am always taken with your containers. Both of these are perfect for the contents.