Monday, April 16, 2018

In a Vase on Monday: Not at all what I'd planned

When I stepped into the garden on Sunday morning, I had specific plants in mind to cut, mostly in tones of blue and purple.  However, just as not all reds mesh well, I found the same could be said for my blues.  After cutting a few stalks of Echium webbii, I found myself veering toward pink flowers.  While there's nothing wrong with that combination, it's not my usual palette.  After adding some white flowers, it felt a little syrupy sweet to me but I eventually got a mix I could live with.

I swapped out the pink snapdragons I'd originally cut for Centranthus ruber, which has a blue undertone

The pink and white flowers dominate the back view

The stamens and base of each Echium flower have tinges of pink, which is what led me in the pink direction

The vase contains: 1st column, top to bottom - noID Delphinium and Echium webbii
2nd column - noID Agapanthus (the 1st to bloom this year), noID Ceanothus, and Lavandula multifida
3rd column - Agryranthemum 'Mega White', Centranthus ruber, and Ranunculus asiaticus
4th column - stems of 'Pink Icing' blueberry bush, Coleonema album, and Westringia fruticosa 'Morning Light'


My second vase couldn't be more different.  As my Lotus bethelotii is rapidly growing to cover the flagstone path in the back garden, I felt I had to cut some of it back and those cuttings became the springboard for vase #2.

The fiery color palette here is one I've used a couple of times before, although the elements aren't identical to those in my prior compositions

The back view is dominated by a stem of Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'

Top view

Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer', Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope', Bulbine frutescens, Grevillea 'Superb', Leucadendron salignum 'Safari Sunset', and Lotus bethelotii 'Amazon Sunset'


And I have a third vase this week.  As mentioned, I'd cut pink snapdragons when I was collecting material for the first vase but I changed my mind about including them in that arrangement.  However, the blooms were in perfect condition and I couldn't bring myself to toss them out so I gathered a couple of other complementary plants to create vase #3.

I think the spare collection of blooms fit the somewhat fussy china vase I picked up earlier this year in a thrift shop

Unlike my prior efforts using this vase, this arrangement shows off the manicured nails of the disembodied hands

Top view

The vase contains: Antirrhinum majus, Argyranthemum 'Madeira Pink' and Ranunculus


Visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, to find more Monday vases.

Each of the vases sits in its own room so the clashes between them aren't noticable


All material © 2012-2018 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

39 comments:

  1. Your IAVOM posts are such good value, Kris - if you only posted a single vase we would think something was wrong! You are very conscious of the different colour palettes and work hard and sensitively to pull off successful vases. It is interesting seeing echum on a vase,which I don't think I have seen used before. And I am amazed at how often you use that grevillea - how many months does it flower for?! It may be sugary sweet in colour but the third and pink vase is really quite cute in that pair of hands vase. Thanks for sharing it and the other two with us today

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Grevillea 'Superb' blooms year-round, Cathy. So do my other 2 large-flowered Grevilleas, 'Ned Kelly' and 'Peaches & Cream', but, in my garden at least, 'Superb' is the most floriferous.

      Delete
  2. OMG, the hand vase! I love it. My arrangement today is also pink and blue, very simple. I don't have any flowers yet anywhere in my garden in the colors of your second arrangement, so I'm just going to enjoy looking at yours.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I imagine when your weather warms up on a more sustained basis, Alison, your gardens in the PNW are going to explode! Meanwhile, I'm sure you're sick and tired of the rain.

      Delete
  3. They are all wonderful. The second is my favourite. I love the hot colours.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ali! I've developed a fondness for hot colors too. They fit our warm, sunny climate.

      Delete
  4. Thank you Thing, er... Things.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It took me a second to place the "Thing" reference, Eric. Thing was never as personable (pun intended) as Cousin Itt so he (it?) wasn't as deeply implanted in my memory.

      Delete
  5. Great arrangements, Kris! I love that clasped hands vase (it makes me smile every time I see it), the pink blooms match the nail polish!
    #2 vase is terrific with all its fiery colors - love the alstroemeria especially.
    I'm amazed at the perfection of the white delphinium, what a specimen!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm in moderate shock that I got Delphinium blooms of any kind, Eliza. I gave up on growing them (or, more accurately, trying to grow them) years ago. Planting a few plugs in the raised planters in my cutting garden, which gets more water (and fertilizer), proved to be the trick!

      Delete
  6. Great range of flowers. The second arrangement is beautifully balanced.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Kris these are fabulous...where to begin. The first is stunning with the flower choices and colors....then you took my breath away with those oranges in the second. And oh my heart went pitter, patter with the last one...those pinks in that fabulous vase are a winner....and I love snaps. I especially adore that hands vase.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The snaps I grew from seed are the best I've ever grown. I was pretty pleased with how well they fit the clasped hands vase too.

      Delete
  8. So gorgeous, I love spikes or any sort or color. The hands vase is so cool but the second arrangement is my favorite.Hands down,ha! I have been a designer for decades and love the thought process,you see a lot of color tones and then syrupy sweet-what makes things go together for you? I see arrangements the same way I see planting design, which is weird.I think.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. All the arrangements I put together come down to how the colors blend - or contrast, but I'm more into complementary colors than sharp contrasts. I pay a lot of attention to undertones in colors. Meanwhile my husband is oblivious to all of this - he's so color-blind he couldn't tell you whether my eyes are green or pink.

      Delete
    2. Thanks the thought process always intrigues me. Your floral design sense revolves around completmentary color combinations. I totally buy that! it works.

      Delete
  9. These are all gorgeous. You have so much to work with. I like the hands as vase the best. A cool vase.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That vase was a great find. I think I picked it up for about $10!

      Delete
  10. I like all the pinks together. That vase is a hoot.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't decide whether that hands vase is freaky or artsy...

      Delete
  11. Wow! Love the spiky coolness of the first arrangement and the bright warmth of the second. That third vase sure came in handy (groan) to hold the extra pinks!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Amazing and wonderful combinations Kris. Fun to see your variety of colors.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The arrangements clash quite a bit this week, Susie, but luckily I could spread them out.

      Delete
  13. Three vases! OMG, and I LOVE the vases, themselves. I've never seen one like the hands vase. That's awesome! And the flowers you chose for each one are stunning! Echiums are one of my favorite plants that I can't grow here. I remember seeing them when I traveled out your way and falling in love with their form, colors, and delicate-yet-sturdy beauty.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've fallen in love with Echiums since acquiring my current garden. They needed more space and sun than my former postage stamp sized garden could provide but this garden is made for them. The plants are common here and seem to self-seed readily.

      Delete
  14. Your hot and “on fire” vase number two is amazing! That said I also love how your 3rd arrangement compliments that great vase.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That Alstroemeria is perfect for pulling the hot colors in my garden together, Loree.

      Delete
  15. I really love all three of these! With the Centranthus, what could have been fussy becomes quite elegant - to my mind anyway! And I love what the 'Indian Summer' Alstroemeria does with the warm tones of your second vase.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Centranthus blooms are very useful, Amy. I'm hoping the white form flowers as strongly as the pink this year.

      Delete
  16. While I am usually drawn to blues or purples I have to admit that my favourite this week is the rich warm colour of the second vase. The pink scheme also works very well even if it isn't your usual style. I want to apologise for often being late to comment on your always interesting posts. To leave a comment I have to use my laptop rather than my phone or iPad; I'm not always logged on, especially in these busy days in the garden.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad your weather has improved to the extent that it supports work in your garden, Christina. Our weather has been very annoying and not at all supportive of late - last week we were ridiculously hot and this week we've had ferocious winds.

      Delete
  17. Each vase and arrangement is stunning in its own right, but the last has got my vote. What a great vase for such lovely pink blooms!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's an unusual vase to be sure! The trick to making the best use of it seems to be keeping the arrangement simple, which isn't usual for me.

      Delete
  18. Oh yes, two very different vases Kris. That delphinium is simply beautiful and your pink flowers are all delightful, even if a little sugary. Love the Ranunculus. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was pretty excited about the Delphinium, Cathy. That's a plant I haven't even tried growing in years.

      Delete
  19. I prefer the back of the pink blue and white - fresh spring charm.
    The handful of pink flowers is fun too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That third vase is fun all on its own. The key to using it is to keep the flowers spare and simple.

      Delete

I enjoy receiving your comments and suggestions. However, with apologies to bona-fide commentators, due to a significant increase in spam, I've eliminated the option to post comments anonymously.