Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.
June has arrived. May finished up with blistering heat, scorching the grass and plants with record temps in the 90s. Friday evening brought rain storms that blew over the beautiful asclepias and a few other plants, but the rain otherwise served temporarily to replenish and restore.
Red Asiatic lilies, grown in a large pot on the back patio, have multiplied over the past several years. They chose this past hot week to bloom. I collected them several times times toward the end of the week and brought all that were open indoors, knowing they would be perfect for a Monday vase.
After enjoying the lilies several days while they conditioned in a tall glass vase, I considered leaving them as they were.
In the end I determined to use Oasis floral foam and create a formal design to take advantage of having so many lilies. I had a baker’s dozen (13) stems of lilies, but wished for more.
Saturday morning after the rain I searched for some foliage to use with the lilies: Hedychium coronarium (Ginger lily) and Canna ‘Semaphore’ for filling in and adding height to the design; peony leaves to conceal the mechanics at the base.
Upon seeing the rain-bent asclepias, I straightened as many stems as I could, then rescued the ones that could not stand up, suddenly abandoning plans for a monochromatic arrangement for today’s vase and introducing orange alongside the carmine red lilies.
I could not stick completely to red and orange and found myself bringing in some richly-hued Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue.’ (After trying them alongside the others I confined them to the back of the vase. Blues and purples seemed to distract from the strong red-orange color theme.) Also I discovered tender young lavender just beginning to open, but only a few pieces made it into the vase.)
The backside is not visible but I tucked ‘Heuchera leaves as concealer for the oasis and plastic dish.
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)
Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Hedychium coronarium (Ginger lily)
Heuchera sanguinea ‘Coral Forest’ (Coral Bells)
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’
The vase itself is a beautifully crafted black and red glazed pot I bought in a silent auction at an art show in my home town sixteen or more years ago. It measures 10 inches (25.4 cm) across at its widest point and is 11 inches (28 cm) tall. (Unfortunately I do not know the artist.) the peony leaves are placed at a diagonal to emphasize the band of red glaze in the pot.
These flowers really make a strong impact in my living room. I enjoyed the luxury of having red lilies to arrange. They make a great cut flower and should keep many days.
I posed the flowers in different places, so please bear with me.
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.