Monday morning is time to join Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly invitation to fill and share a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.
After watering the garden Sunday morning I gathered flowers for a vase. Choosing as many Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ as I could find, I clustered them together in the center of my grandmother’s glass floral frog as the starting point for an arrangement. The container is a hand-thrown ceramic glazed picece, about 9 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches tall.
I added a few stems of Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) to help define the outer edges of design.
For filler flowers I used a stem of Alstroemeria and different colors of Angelonia.
Next I deconstructed a gladiolus to use the individual blooms around the base of the arrangement.
A single Dahlia ‘Firepot’ and an Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed) were used as focal flowers.
I can quibble with the design proportions—the materials need to be extended out wider and the shape is uneven. As I rotate the vase I realize the arrangement looks very different from front to back and from overhead it is askew.
And yet, I love this vase of flowers. The flowers are fresh, the textures are interesting together.
The rich vibrant hues in this assortment speak to me of summer itself. At first the colors contrast and shock, then they blend and meld.
Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)
Angelonia ‘Alonia Big Indigo’
Angelonia ’Serena White’
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)
Gomphrena globosa (Globe amaranth)
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Thank you to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for welcoming everyone to join her in this opportunity to share a vase each week. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.