I would have gotten a lot more work done this morning if not for being unable to take my eyes off this beautiful monarch. Usually I see them up close only in the fall on (by that time) ragged zinnias and lantana.
Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.
The rich colors this week seem autumnal. Several chrysanthemums began blooming this weekend beside the garage where their plastic pots had been unceremoniously abandoned last fall and given not another thought over winter. Last week I noticed they were green and healthy and in bud. For today’s vase I picked the deep wine mums to feature.
Verbena bonariensis has been lovely this spring, but some of it quickly began dropping flowers in the vase.
I included several stems of asclepias, also just coming into bloom. The rich orange nearly overshadows the chrysanthemum as the main focus.
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
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. Good health and peace to you.
Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden. As a special challenge Cathy has suggested we create an Ikebana-style floral design this week.
Ikebana is a fascinating art form, a centuries-old, Japanese flower arranging discipline with strict rules that followers may spend a life-time trying to master. Though not having that background, I admire the aesthetic, which emphasizes asymmetry and open space and seeks a harmonious balance among the container, materials and overall surroundings. There is a quiet, meditative component to Ikebana as well that I find appealing.
This design began with a stalk of canna with two large leaves. I made parallel cuts into one side of the darker, shorter leaf to create a fringed effect. The idea was for the fringe to fall evenly spaced along the right-hand side of the design. It looked beautiful for a very short time before it began shriveling and curling. Unlike Aspidistra which can withstand this type of manipulation, the canna leaf displayed distress immediately but retained an interesting character nevertheless.
The canna stalk was inserted first, positioned in the kenzan to the right at a slight angle and back. Next several thin stems of pure yellow Rudbeckia laciniata were secured slightly left and forward. Additional rudbeckia flowers were placed low to meet the edge of the container.
The open and playful form of the rudbeckia is in contrast to the broad, heavy leaves of the canna, yet they hold equal weight in the composition.
A small amount of orange Asclepias works as an anchor and helps tie the design to the container.
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant) (Orange Glory Flower)
Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower)
blue/brown ceramic circular dish
black, round self-contained Kenzan (flower arranging frog)
Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly chance to express our flower arranging interests. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what Ikebana inspirations she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday. Feel free to join in.
I have been wanting to record some garden views from last Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
Each Monday brings the chance join Cathy with In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.
A month ago I collected three stems of Asclepias tuberosa to dry indoors. Each stem already had formed two or more seed pods 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) in length. Today I have featured the dried stems in a tall glass vase, visually anchoring them to the base with a few pieces of white sea glass.
Pods left on the plants outdoors continue to look fresh, but these began splitting open about a week ago, revealing copious silky-tailed seeds.
The vase is interesting in person, as it encourages one to move in and out and around the glass to observe the various stages of the cycle, to watch as the pods and seeds perform a dance of separation and escape.
Time is suspended. Not quite free the seeds linger patiently, gracefully, expecting a breeze at any moment to lift them away.
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)