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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

Materials
Flowers
Gladiolus ‘Espresso’
Gladiolus no-names white and bright red
Gladiolus ‘Purple Flora ‘
Foliage
Crinum × powellii (Crinum lily) head
Container
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.

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.

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

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

The hydrangeas are more beautiful than in past years, despite some late cold snaps in early spring. I planned a simple vase, but this one went off on its own. Finding a container was a major challenge. After testing out a number of vases I settled on a basket I made some years ago. A few fresh lilies along with recycled ones from last week’s vase.

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

Materials
Flowers
Centaurea cyanus ‘Blue Diadem’ (Bachelor’s Buttons)
Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Hydrangea macrophylla
Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Foliage
Container
Handmade potato basket.

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Vases With Red Lily

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia With Red Lily

In A Vase On Monday – Red Lilies

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.  I prepared two vases this week.

Vase 1 – Gardenia With Red Lily

This week’s first vase holds two standouts from the garden. Gardenias are having a stellar year. The shrubs are covered with flowers. This arrangement was made Thursday as I rescued the flowers from the week’s series of extremely hot days.

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia With Red Lily

Lilium ‘Black Out’  was first planted in 2016 and never fails to thrill. 

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia With Red Lily

The flowers were pristine and fresh but I found the lilies less impactful and the gardenias more difficult to arrange than expected. Eventually the vase sort of took shape and I lost interest in fiddling any further. Supporting florals are Oakleaf Hydrangea and a (rather too small) Snapdragon.

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia With Red Lily

The gardenia fragrance, divine at first, became overpowering and I had to move the arrangement outdoors.

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia With Red Lily

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia With Red Lily

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia With Red Lily

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia With Red Lily

Materials
Flowers
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet Bronze’ (Snapdragon)
Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’ (Gardenia)
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’ (Gardenia)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches.

I’m not usually sensitive but definitely reacted to the flowers. I saved the lilies from the vase and tossed the gardenias.

Vase 2 – Red Lilies

In A Vase On Monday – Red Lilies

By Saturday the majority of L. ‘Black Out’ had opened fully so I gathered them and made a second arrangement using the same vase as the first. There were 15 red lilies but many more would have been nice.

In A Vase On Monday – Red Lilies

It was challenging to find enough material in flower to complete the design. I recycled the fading Royal Sunset lily from last week to help fill in and cut the available stems of Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’ and a few sprigs of Angelonia.

In A Vase On Monday – Red Lilies

In A Vase On Monday – Red Lilies

There are not many Bachelor’s Buttons in the garden but I am thrilled to see any. They probably won’t last much longer in this weather so I cut most of them to provide an airy contrast in color and texture.

In A Vase On Monday – Red Lilies

In A Vase On Monday – Red Lilies

Materials
Flowers
Angelonia
Centaurea cyanus ‘Blue Diadem’ (Bachelor’s Buttons)
Dahlia Anemone ‘Totally Tangerine’
Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)
Lily ‘Royal Sunset’
Foliage
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Royal Sunset

In A Vase On Monday – Royal Sunset

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

In A Vase On Monday – Royal Sunset

As the garden transitions toward summer lilies are oh so close.  L. ‘Royal Sunset’ is the first to venture forward into flower.

Lily ‘Royal Sunset’

Supporting florals come from an anemone dahlia, a passalong hydrangea and an overwintered snapdragon. Tips of a redbud tree that has volunteered in the south border provide foliage while softly echoing the hues of the lily and other flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Royal Sunset

Dahlia Anemone ‘Totally Tangerine’

Hydrangea macrophylla

Lily ‘Royal Sunset’

In A Vase On Monday – Royal Sunset

Materials
Flowers
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet Bronze’ (Snapdragon)
Dahlia Anemone ‘Totally Tangerine’
Hydrangea macrophylla
Lily Asiatic ‘Royal Sunset’
Foliage
Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud)
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Lily ‘Royal Sunset’

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

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

It was a banner year for irises and peonies, but now with the garden in a transitional stage, filling a vase today was challenging. Eventually I settled on pansies which will soon be pulled up and the very last of the irises.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

Iris ‘Fabian’ was the last iris to bloom. I’ve had this iris since the late 1970s. The flowers are dusky purple and rather small.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

Materials
Flowers
Iris ‘Fabian’
Pansy ‘Delta™ Premium Pure Light Blue’ (Viola × wittrockiana)
Pansy ‘Panola® Purple’ (Viola × wittrockiana)
Verbena bonariensis
Foliage
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Dutch’ (Dutch Lavender)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches, with floral pin holder.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

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

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ was the last of my peonies to open just as unsettled weather came into the forecast. Friday’s predicted rains fizzled, but on Saturday morning we had a storm that finally brought some precipitation. To prepare for this week’s vase I gathered peonies early and set them aside for conditioning in cool water. Although a few flowers gently shed their petals before I could use them, there were plenty more, this having been an abundant year for peonies.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

I had a specific shape in mind composed of mostly greenery dominating on one side and pink peonies on the other, but the design drifted from the concept as I began working. It seemed a shame not to use all the peonies so I continued finding places to tuck them.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Joining Sarah are other pinks, P. ‘Madame Emile Debatene’  and P. ‘Pink Parfait’, and a few pieces of perennial sweet pea I recently noticed was suddenly blooming. The arrangement is large as one might predict knowing the peonies span 5-9 inches across.

Cerinthe, nearly finished blooming, created a bit of mystery. My daughter was visiting this weekend and she kept hearing noises in the house. I walked down the hall to investigate and found cerinthe seeds had been released all over the floor.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Materials
Flowers
Lathyrus latifolius (Perennial Sweet Pea)
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’
Foliage
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

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

The garden has been intoxicating recently, full of color and fragrance as peonies took their place among roses and irises.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Simple vases of peonies in the house this week have meant pure delight.

Thought it looks appropriate for Valentine’s this red pitcher with heart decoration was just right to emphasize Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ in all its flouncy fluffiness.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

A second pitcher features P. ‘Festiva Maxima’ along with two pinks, P. ‘Madame Emile Debatene’  and P. ‘Pink Parfait’.

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Materials
Flowers
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Foliage
none
Container
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (pitcher and 4 cups, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977)
Red pitcher with white hearts

We had some rain this weekend and Sunday the temperature was back down to 54F during the day after reaching into the upper 80s earlier in the week. The rain was much needed but it did leave the peonies tousled and soggy. There still are more buds and one other type of peony yet to open.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

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

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In my garden the pinnacle is when the irises and roses come together, enjoined for a brief time in gentle perfection.

While irises have been flowering since late March, this week brought out the roses. And there it was—the garden hit its peak—as much a feeling as a visual. Every glance out the window, every step along the borders, brought the knowing sensation, this is the moment.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

The garden has many different irises but only one rose. Passed down through several generations, this rose is cherished mostly for the memories it carries, of dear ones who grew it before me. It blooms only briefly so selecting the rose as today’s centerpiece was a natural choice.

Virgie’s Rose

After the arrangement came together I realized the roses’ companions in this arrangement reflect the garden’s moving timeline.

Hellebores began appearing late in January, Cerinthe in early March. Dianthus came along early this month (April), Iris virginica ‘Contraband Girl’ popped out a week ago,  Verbena bonariensis and Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ opened just three days ago. Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ is full of buds and soon will explode into its glory.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

So the garden keeps moving. But there’s something unique about this moment when the irises and roses meet again that makes the garden feel like my garden.

Materials
Flowers
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Dianthus Ideal Select Mix
Iris virginica ‘Contraband Girl’
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Virgie’s Rose
Foliage
Helleborus
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Pass Alongs

In A Vase On Monday – Pass Alongs

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

In A Vase On Monday – Pass Alongs

A bright spot in 2020 was a gift of tall bearded irises I had admired on the Instagram feed of petalsandwingsimages. The rhizomes arrived in September but made no flowers last year. This week they revealed themselves, dark inky blue buds opened into delicate lavender confections. I had made a note that the foliage was variegated but it no longer seems to be. The irises are lightly scented, almost sweet.

Tall bearded iris – passalong from petalsandwingsimages. Japanese Roof Iris in background

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Planted nearby are shorter Japanese roof iris. These beardless iris were rescued for me one summer a couple decades ago by a friend whose master gardener neighbor was dividing and sharing his. The fringed crest is white, falls and standards are purple.

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Through the years my mother’s first cousin, Virgie, shared many garden plants with me and when we moved to this house in 2001 I brought along quite a few. One treasured pass along is a rose that she, my mother, and my grandmother all grew. The first flower opened Sunday, just in time to be included in my vase of pass alongs this week.

Virgie’s Rose

Materials
Flowers
Dianthus Ideal Select Mix
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)
Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)
Virgie’s Rose
Foliage
Helleborus
Container
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (pitcher and 4 cups, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens. Monday here was gray and cold. Great quantities of much-needed rain fell from early morning until late afternoon and I spent the day cocooned under a quilt with a book.

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

So here it is Tuesday, sunny yet still chilly. Although a day late I prepared a vase and filled it with Easter hues. The flowers are not at their best after being battered about yesterday, but their colors sing the season.

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

Materials
Flowers
Iris germanica ‘Immortality’
Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’
Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Double Daffodil)
Peony ‘Coral Charm’
Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)
Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Hill’ (Meadow Sage)
Foliage
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches, with floral pin holder.

Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Double Daffodil)

Peony ‘Coral Charm’

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

Flowery Views

Deconstructed Vase II

I spent a few minutes this morning deconstructing yesterday’s In A Vase On Monday contribution, the one composed of purchased bouquets.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

I wanted to pursue an idea to create an Ikebana design using the Gerbera daisies in the black rectangular container, but I shifted gears right away. It proved more practical to lift out the Gerberas and style them into a different vase rather than to remove all the other materials from the black vase. The vision in my head never materialized but I ended up with two distinct arrangements, that diverge from the original in interesting ways.

Deconstructed Vase I

Deconstructed Vase I

Eventually I removed that tall Sweet William in back at left, which I had liked, but the second version feels more balanced and less tense.

Deconstructed Vase I

The remaining flowers required some shifting around but nothing major. There’s no daring but I ended up liking this incarnation with its soothing, limited palette.

Deconstructed Vase II

Deconstructed Vase II

Deconstructed Vase II

Deconstructed Vase II

It would be fun to rework the vases everyday all week but that probably won’t happen. This was a good exercise though.

 

In A Vase On Monday – Dahlias In A Bowl

In A Vase On Monday – Dahlias In A Bowl

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

In A Vase On Monday – Dahlias In A Bowl

Summer has been extremely dry and hot which may have affected flower formation in dahlias as well as other plants. We are beginning to get some rain again which should help increase flower shape and production.

An anemone type, Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’ was planted June 25 and offered its first two blooms on Saturday with another on Sunday. I hoped to feature this new addition to my garden in today’s vase but I will have to wait for more flowers and then we’ll see.

Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’

Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’

Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’

Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’

Two Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’ flowers opened this week, more luncheon plate than dinnerplate in size—still lovely. Unlike the specimen from last week’s vase, these have the characteristic mocha pale-pink coloring typical of this hybrid.

Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’

In A Vase On Monday – Dahlias In A Bowl

Materials
Flowers
Cosmos ‘Bright Lights’ Mixed Colors
Dahlia Anemone ‘Totally Tangerine’
Dahlia Ball ‘Petra’s Wedding’
Dahlia Border Decorative ‘Gallery Pablo’
Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’
Zinnia elegans
Foliage
Chrysanthemum
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Container
White ceramic shallow bowl

In A Vase On Monday – Dahlias In A Bowl

In A Vase On Monday – Dahlias In A Bowl

Sincere thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Cheer

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Cheer

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

Today I planned to feature Dahlia ‘Petra’s Wedding,’ a ball-type dahlia.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Cheer

It ended up taking on a support role when the larger orange Dahlia ‘David Howard’ and a bright yellow cactus zinnia were introduced.  A few stems of Cosmos ‘Bright Lights’ reinforced the citrusy colors.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Cheer

The dahlias are not flowering in great numbers so I added everything else that looked fairly presentable. Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’ returned from last year. Most of its flowers are more pink than the iconic pale pink and coffee ones, but there were a few of those last year.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Cheer

Dahlia ‘Gallery Pablo’  is a low-growing Border Decorative dahlia. This mature one sits tucked into the lower center of the vase. It has lost a few of its petals along the way.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Cheer

This is D. ‘Gallery Pablo’ in its youth with tiny flowers of Heuchera (Coral Bells).

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Cheer

Materials
Flowers
Buddleja davidii ‘Adokeep’ (Adonis blue Butterfly Bush)
Cosmos ‘Bright Lights’ Mixed Colors
Dahlia Ball ‘Petra’s Wedding’
Dahlia Border Decorative ‘Gallery Pablo’
Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Zinnia, Cactus Flowered Mix
Zinnia elegans ‘Purple Prince’
Foliage
Chrysanthemum
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Dutch’ (Dutch Lavender)
Container
Hand-thrown Seagrove Pottery (olive-artichoke)

As always thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

In A Vase On Monday – August Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – August Bouquet

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

In A Vase On Monday – August Bouquet

Mini Carnations purchased for last week’s book club meeting help flesh out today’s arrangement of mostly dahlias. The dahlias are slow to come into their own this year but I think the zinnias will steal the show anyway this summer.

In A Vase On Monday – August Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – August Bouquet

Materials
Flowers
Mini-Carnation (Dianthus)
Dahlia Ball ‘Petra’s Wedding’
Dahlia Border Decorative ‘Gallery Pablo’
Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Salvia yangii (Russian Sage), previously known as Pervskia atriplicifolia
Zinnia
Foliage
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Container
Ceramic Urn Stamped “Vintage 4”

In A Vase On Monday – August Bouquet

As always thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Summerfest

In A Vase On Monday – Summerfest

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

In A Vase On Monday – Summerfest

In A Vase On Monday – Summerfest

Until last year I had no shortage of zinnias in the garden. Five minutes planting a couple packets of seeds would guarantee plenty of color from late June to October. Last year rabbits ate 3 sowings and this year I learned my lesson–they only managed to eat two sowings. Instead of planting the third packet in ground I planted them in trays until they grew large enough to transplant and most of these survived. They have been very slow to open but at last there are a few along with a handful of cosmos planted at the same time.

Zinnia elegans ‘Purple Prince’

Zinnia, Cactus Flowered Mix

Cosmos ‘Bright Lights’ Mixed Colors

A few dahlias are beginning to appear now too, mostly ones that overwintered.

Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’

In A Vase On Monday – Summerfest

Dahlia ‘Gallery Pablo’ which featured prominently in last week’s vase is new this year.

Dahlia Border Decorative ‘Gallery Pablo’

Materials
Flowers
Buddleja davidii ‘Adokeep’ (Adonis blue Butterfly Bush)
Cosmos ‘Bright Lights’ Mixed Colors
Dahlia Border Decorative ‘Gallery Pablo’
Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Hydrangea macrophylla
Salvia uliginosa ‘Blue Sky’ (Bog sage)
Salvia yangii (Russian Sage), previously known as Perovskia atriplicifolia
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Tulbaghia (society garlic)
Zinnia elegans ‘Purple Prince’
Foliage
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Container
Ceramic Vase

In A Vase On Monday – Summerfest

 

As always thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Dahlia Tapestry

In A Vase On Monday – Dahlia Tapestry

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

Today I’m sharing a not quite finished arrangement showcasing the first dahlia flowers of summer. Mostly short-stemmed, the flowers required a shallow container. I found a glass pedestal dish with a flat bowl that comfortably held a large floral pin and set about to assemble a tapestry. The last of the calla lilies and several small buddleja panicles filled in an area that would have held additional dahlias had there been more ready to pick.

We had a wonderful weekend shared with family, our first get-together after the dreary pandemic months.  Two of my sweet sisters were in town visiting for the weekend to celebrate my birthday and having just made the long trek moving from Los Angeles to the North Carolina mountain town of Asheville, my precious daughter and son-in-law came in for the day on Saturday! We are so grateful for this happy reunion.

In A Vase On Monday – Dahlia Tapestry

Materials
Flowers
Buddleja davidii ‘Adokeep’ (Adonis blue Butterfly Bush)
Dahlia Border Decorative ‘Gallery Pablo’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Zantedeschia rehmannii violacea ‘Odessa’ (Odessa Calla Lily)
Foliage
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’
Container
Glass Pedestal Dish

Hope you have a great week. As always thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Daisy Days

In A Vase On Monday – Daisy Days

In A Vase On Monday – Daisy Days

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

Today Shasta daisies fill a handmade pitcher decorated with color bands of white, green and blue.

In A Vase On Monday – Daisy Days

In A Vase On Monday – Daisy Days

Happy summer days and daisies go together.

In A Vase On Monday – Daisy Days

Years ago I purchased Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Alaska’ and ‘Becky’ and based on the heights I believe this group to be ‘Alaska’. This is the shorter, 2-3 feet tall, and more vigorous of the two.

In A Vase On Monday – Daisy Days

In A Vase On Monday – Daisy Days

Materials
Flowers
Hydrangea macrophylla
Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Alaska’ (Shasta daisy)
Foliage
Container
Stoneware pitcher. Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977.

As always thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink And White Trio

In A Vase On Monday – Pink And White Trio

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

More camellias today, a trio of Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ which have been featured several times recently.  I had found another Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ bloom to include today as well, but the camellias seemed to prefer to go it alone today.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink And White Trio

Materials
Flowers
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Foliage
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Container
Rounded white glass bowl

In A Vase On Monday – Pink And White Trio

In A Vase On Monday – Pink And White Trio

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.

A Garden Club Program

Our Finished Design (on the right)

The program for last Tuesday’s Chapel Hill Garden Club November meeting was a hands-on workshop “Create a Floral Design” led by Betsy, a club member and floral designer/judge. Members were assigned to work in pairs, all materials were provided and the finished designs were donated to local community places (hospitals, fire departments, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and community gathering spots, such as the public library).

The folks who put this program together attended to every detail. Upon arrival each team was directed to a table with plenty of workspace and outfitted with a small white dish, presoaked Oasis (floral foam), a bit of florist’s clay and holder to secure the Oasis to the dish, a trash bag for discards and a strip of paper measuring tape. We only had to bring a pair of shears and would you believe it, I forgot mine.  Fortunately there were extras available.

After a brief introduction from Betsy, we used a checklist of materials and gathered our floral materials from buckets in the center of the room. There were a few extras up for grabs also.

Stem count provided to each design team.

In about an hour the club designed around 25 arrangements. It was fascinating to see how creatively each team chose to use the flowers and foliage. No two designs were alike.

Club Floral Designs

Each year Betsy volunteers to lead design workshops and I have attended several, which qualified me as “experienced” when we were paired. A new club member, Kathy, and I were teamed together. It was a fun way to bond and of course, it is always fun to work with flowers I do not usually have in my garden. Must say I am usually not a fan of carnations but oh I loved these rich purple ones.

It was hectic as we were finishing up and I did not get a straight on photograph of our final design, but we thought it turned out pretty well. Not sure where it ended up being delivered but hope it brightened someone’s day as much as it did ours.

Our Finished Design

In A Vase On Monday—Vertical Challenge

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

Monday brings the chance to display cut flowers from the garden by participating in Cathy’s weekly invitation In A Vase On Monday.

Today’s arrangement of gladiolas and hydrangeas went together quickly, but I thought I might never get any pictures I could use to share them.

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

Gladiolas, adorable old-fashioned favorites, this year are blooming straighter and taller than ever, setting off today’s vertical challenge.

Though I have the perfect vase to accommodate the gladiolas’ height, photographing such a tall arrangement has been a test. I much prefer landscape format for my images, but the vertical nature of these flowers forced me into four different picture-taking sessions of mostly portrait format. Finding a satisfactory background with adequate light and capturing the rich intensity of color among the gladiolas were tricky.

Almost 200 photos later, realizing I needed to chill, I finally chose a handful to represent my Monday vase. The very first image gives a good idea of the overall size, proportion and shape of the design. The colors are truer in this version below.

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

Materials

Gladiolus
Hydrangea macrophylla
Glass vase (This glass vase is one I love using, especially as it commemorates last year’s visit from Christina almost 1 year ago.)

 

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

This should be a long-lasting arrangement. I like the way it turned out and now that I am no longer photographing it, I know I will enjoy it this week.

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

In A Vase On Monday-Vertical Challenge

As always, thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower obsession. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and other gardeners are placing In A Vase On Monday.

Peony In Pink

Pink Peony

Pink Peony

A mixup with two mail-order peonies several years ago left me with a Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ instead of Paeonia lactiflora ‘Duchess de Nemours’ and masquerading as Paeonia lactiflora ‘Black Beauty’ (Nightlife Peony), this lovely pink mystery.

I think I went ahead and labeled it P. ‘Black Beauty’ last year when if bloomed, but it cannot be accurate. If you recognize it I would appreciate knowing its name. This is the pink mystery peony in and out of the garden.

Pink Peony with Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear) and pale yellow Iris

Pink Peony with Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear) and pale yellow Iris

Veronica spicata 'Rotfuchs' (Red Fox Veronica) is companion to the pink peony, but mostly hidden by the peony foliage.

Veronica spicata ‘Rotfuchs’ (Red Fox Veronica) is companion to the pink peony, but its first blooms are mostly hidden by the peony foliage.

I included white P. ‘Festiva Maxima’ in Monday’s vase of Hippeastrum, but also had filled the house with vases of many other flowers, including the unknown pink peony.  Joining the pink peony in a Fenton vase are Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox), Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris), and Digitalis Foxlight ‘Ruby Glow’.

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Art In Bloom On Thursday

Arrangement along West Building Walkway

Outdoor arrangement along West Building Walkway

The second annual Art In Bloom at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh began yesterday. I arrived early and was greeted by colorful outdoor displays.

The walk from the car to the West Building was made special with a row of black urns filled with rich colors.

A series of urns lined the walkway toward the West Building where the show was held.

A series of these urns lined the walkway toward the West Building where the show was held.

 

Museum Park Volunteers and JAGG Classi Wholesale, Raleigh NC. Primary floral materials: bamboo, upright switch grass, northern sea oats, maiden grass, palmates

Design by Museum Park Volunteers and JAGG Classi Wholesale, Raleigh NC. Primary floral materials: bamboo, upright switch grass, northern sea oats, maiden grass, palmates

Horticulture students from North Carolina State University assembled a friendly planting with allium waving in the breeze above a field of narcissus in front of a Henry Moore.

Narcissus and Allium - NCSU Horticultural Dept

Narcissus and Allium – NCSU Horticultural Dept

Overnight and early morning rain and winds had knocked over some urns, even breaking one, along either side of the main entrance. While visitors lined up to enter the show, designers were frantically making some last-minute repairs. I liked the grapevines nests at the bottom of each one filled with roses and ranunculus.

West Building Entrance

These urns featured a grapevine nest of flowers. Partha Daughtridge, patio and Hearth Shop. palm, fiddlehead fern, grapevine, tulip, lily, iris, English rose, poppy, ranunculus.

Once inside it was impossible not to admire the floor to ceiling display of orchids, designed by Steve Taras at Watered Garden Florist.

Steve Taras, The Watered Garden Florist, Raleigh, N.C. ncma sponsor: Witherspoon Rose Culture

Steve Taras, The Watered Garden Florist, Raleigh, N.C.
ncma sponsor: Witherspoon Rose Culture

Steve Taras, The Watered Garden Florist

Steve Taras, The Watered Garden Florist

Steve revealed at a talk later in the morning, he had ordered 400 purple and white orchids and received only 30. The stress of creating for events like this must be intense. The museum’s Facebook page has a photo of the design team assembling this work the day before the show opened.

Orchids. Steve Taras

Orchids. Steve Taras

There were 56 floral designs. I selected only a couple to share to illustrate the variety of creations. The inspiration for the first one is The Garden Parasol, by American Impressionist painter, Frederick Carl Frieseke. The summer scene was painted in the artist’s garden at Giverny circa 1910.

Teresa Godfrey, AIFD, Floral Innovations, Washington, D.C. Floral-Innovations.com primary floral materials: mini calla lily, ranunculus, jasmine vine inspiration: The Garden Parasol, Frederick Carl Frieseke ncma sponsor: C.T. Weekends

The inspiration: The Garden Parasol, Frederick Carl Frieseke

Teresa Godfrey, of Floral Innovations, Washington, D.C., captured the light and the color of the painting using mini calla lily, ranunculus, jasmine vine.

Teresa Godfrey, AIFD, Floral Innovations, Washington, D.C. Floral-Innovations.com primary floral materials: mini calla lily, ranunculus, jasmine vine inspiration: The Garden Parasol, Frederick Carl Frieseke ncma sponsor: C.T. Weekends

Teresa Godfrey, AIFD, Floral Innovations, Washington, D.C. 
primary floral materials: mini calla lily, ranunculus, jasmine vine

Teresa Godfrey, AIFD, Floral Innovations, Washington, D.C. Floral-Innovations.com primary floral materials: mini calla lily, ranunculus, jasmine vine inspiration: The Garden Parasol, Frederick Carl Frieseke ncma sponsor: C.T. Weekends

Teresa Godfrey, AIFD, Floral Innovations, Washington, D.C. Inspiration: The Garden Parasol, Frederick Carl Frieseke

The curving line of the flowers and a thin wire framework suggests the Japanese parasol without being too heavy or too literal. Jasmine foliage recreates the shade trees of the painting.

Teresa Godfrey, AIFD, Floral Innovations, Washington, D.C. Floral-Innovations.com primary floral materials: mini calla lily, ranunculus, jasmine vine inspiration: The Garden Parasol, Frederick Carl Frieseke ncma sponsor: C.T. Weekends

Elements suggest the Japanese parasol and shade trees of the painting.

Dowels placed at the base perfectly match the color of the garden furniture and glass pieces reflect the scattered, dappled light.

Teresa Godfrey, AIFD, Floral Innovations, Washington, D.C. Floral-Innovations.com primary floral materials: mini calla lily, ranunculus, jasmine vine inspiration: The Garden Parasol, Frederick Carl Frieseke ncma sponsor: C.T. Weekends

The designer used color and interesting materials to sensitively recreate the seating and the dappled sunlight.

Another example from the show is by Michael Whaley, AIFD, Fresh Affairs, Raleigh, N.C. Whaley’s inspiration is Antefix in the Shape of a Satyr’s Head, Etruscan.

 inspiration: Antefix in the Shape of a Satyr’s Head, Etruscan

inspiration: Antefix in the Shape of a Satyr’s Head, Etruscan

Whaley used folded Cordyline fruticose (Ti leaves, palm lily) in a dramatic way.

Michael Whaley, AIFD, Fresh Affairs, Raleigh, N.C. freshaffairs.com inspiration: Antefix in the Shape of a Satyr’s Head, Etruscan

Michael Whaley, AIFD, Fresh Affairs, Raleigh, N.C. freshaffairs.com
inspiration: Antefix in the Shape of a Satyr’s Head, Etruscan

On Thursday I also attended two interesting presentations. Will see two more tomorrow and two on Sunday. Perhaps I can describe them at a later time.

To wrap up I leave you with a scene from the Triangle Bonsai Society’s display in the courtyard garden.

Triangle Bonsai Society

Triangle Bonsai Society

 

A Preview of Art In Bloom

Meadow Near Front of North Carolina Museum of Art - 2015 Art In Bloom

Meadow Near Front of North Carolina Museum of Art – 2015 Art In Bloom

Art and flowers are a winning combination in my book. Later this week the North Carolina Museum of Art is hosting the second Art In Bloom festival featuring 56 works from the museum’s permanent  collection. Each piece has been paired with a floral designer who will interpret the art in flowers.

The exhibition opens Thursday and I have had my tickets for weeks. (Yes, tickets, plural. I signed up when February had a stranglehold on me and it seemed the weather would never warm up, much less there would be flowers in the garden again.)  In addition to the main show there are many master classes and demonstrations, each of which is ticketed separately. Participating in the hands-on master classes would probably be the most valuable, but honestly the idea was intimidating.

Instead I have opted to attend a number of presentations, including two by the Steve Taras, owner of Watered Garden Florist in Raleigh and the museum’s primary floral designer. The session titles are Re-Creating Nature and Celebrating with Flowers. I have seen him demonstrate flower arranging 3 other times at the museum. Had I realized Steve would be the guest presenter at last week’s garden club meeting, I might not have elected to attend both of these Art In Bloom sessions, but I am sure each will be distinctive. At the club meeting he designed 7 arrangements, all the while entertaining us with humorous stories and interjecting useful design tips.

Steve showed us an interesting twist on using tulips in arrangements. (Sorry for the terrible image quality.) Fold every other petal back, then go around and fold the remaining 3 petals back.

Steve Taras At Chapel Hill Garden Club

Steve Taras At Chapel Hill Garden Club

The tulips were added into a container filled with hippeastrum (amaryllis) in a rich red to orange palette, accented with deep red ranunculus. Here you can see him reaching for another orange tulip. I regret not getting better photos.

Steve Taras At Chapel Hill Garden Club

Steve Taras At Chapel Hill Garden Club

In preparing the hippeastrum Steve trimmed away much of the long stem. He then rummaged through the waste pile for stem cuttings trimmed from an earlier arrangement (hydrangeas, nerine lilies and tulips). He inserted a salvaged stem inside the large open stem of each hippeastrum for extra support and to help them continue taking up water.

These are the other events I am looking forward to at Art In Bloom, with descriptions excerpted from the museum website. Click on the titles if you would like to find out more about each presentation.

Presentation by Olivier Giugni: Living Art

Floral demonstration and illustrated presentation by Olivier Giugni, whose talent and dramatic style transported him from Paris to Tokyo to New York. Olivier is the pioneer of the leaf-wrapped vase, which is now reproduced worldwide.

Olivier Giugni’s designs are considered the haute couture of floral creations. Raised in Brignoles, France, Olivier rose to floral stardom when Pierre Cardin tapped him to create the look of Les Fleurs de Maxim’s restaurants in Paris, Tokyo, and New York.

Presentation by Erica Anderson: Impressions of an Heirloom Garden
As the first horticulture intern on Appledore Island, Erica Anderson stepped into the garden of 19th-century poet Celia Thaxter. Using photographs of her time on the island, Erica transports us to the beloved island and garden featured in the exhibition American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals.

Presentation by David Beahm: Extraordinary Flowers, Extraordinary Destinations

Floral demonstration and illustrated presentation with David Beahm, whose trademark lavish floral creations are featured at some of the most luxurious and exclusive properties in the world.

Your DIY Wedding
Carol Dowd and Stephanie Garrett of the American Institute of Floral Designers demonstrate simple steps to make your wedding flowers perfect, no matter what your style.