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.

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37 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Vertical Challenge

  1. Christina

    I’m so happy the vase is useful for the gorgeous gladioli. I would never have thought of putting them with hydrangeas, I learn something from you almost every week! I used gladiolus today too, but I’m not so keen on the colour of these and I might just remove them when they’ve finished flowering so that I can plant a better colour next year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I like how the sides of the vase narrow at the top. At Art In Bloom this spring I saw lots of hydrangeas used as a starting point at the base of the vase. They provide a framework to help support the rest of the flowers. At the time I didn’t expect to have enough hydrangeas to be able to try that myself. I liked your glads and thought they worked well with the other flowers. These used today were planted last spring but didn’t bloom well last year.

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  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Beautiful arrangement – flowers and vase. I planted twelve glads this year, but I’m only seeing about three coming up. I haven’t tried to grow any in years and was really excited. I think I’ll need to temper my anticipation. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Judy. Hope the rest of your glads tag along soon. These were planted last year but didn’t bloom well, so I was surprised to see them perform so well this year. It’s a difference in having good rains I think.

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  3. bittster

    I love the rich colors again, and the flowers are perfect. Your efforts paid off!
    I stopped buying glads once I realized I had too many years when I never got around to planting them on time. Fortunately a few have proven to be hardy, so if I can accept a much more limiting range of colors I can at least still enjoy them each summer.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. Glads are usually pretty reliable. I have a coral one that is probably 12 years old. I don’t think it’s too late to get those glads planted.

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  4. G.F.

    You did gloriously well with a difficult assignment:
    Background: perfect
    height: accommodated brilliantly.
    Oh, the anguish we go through for our art 🙂
    And fancy, being able to grow such perfect glads.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you, thank you. The glads are amazing this year so I had to use them while I could. Usually they’re toppled over and growing at odd angles. Will try to not worry about the photos quite so much next week.

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  5. Kris Peterson

    I get frustrated like that with the photo-taking process at times too, Susie. You finally get the right light but the colors are off. Or one flower is turned to a bad angle. Etcetera. I think you got some good images despite the height challenge. I especially like the one showing the vase on the table with the floral art in the background.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You’ve described it. One whole set of pictures was ruined because things had shifted when I moved the vase around in search of better light. How could I not have noticed that? Oh well, all better now. My son-in-law did the pastel drawing of a Siberian Iris from my garden.

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  6. Cathy

    My goodness – those gladioli are such dramatic colours and would convert any gladioli dislikers in an instant! I am not sure that I have seen such colours before and the hydrangea sften the edge between them and the vase perfectly. I am sorry they were such a pain to photograph 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The glads are from a “blue” mix planted last year. It was so hot and dry they didn’t bloom very well, so I’m especially happy to be able to use them in a vase this year. Some weeks the light is just perfect and the flowers are easy to photograph, but guess it’s all a learning experience.

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  7. Cathy

    A lovely and unusual combination Susie. I love the rich colours of those Gladioli and am impressed with the photos – it is so difficult to get the right shot sometimes, but you have captured these perfectly. 🙂

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  8. Julie

    Your vase is so special this week Susie – I love the combination and think that the low hydrangeas perfectly set off the sometimes awkward gladioli. I will have to wait until mid to late July to enjoy these blooms in my garden.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie, I appreciate your comments. Having enough hydrangeas this year for the first time to experiment with in vases has been so fun. They’re versatile flowers.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Joanna. There is one hydrangea stem that I wish I’d tucked in a different way, but I was happy the stems organized themselves very well. Usually I choose a ceramic vase to avoid the problem of stems.

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  9. Cathy

    Thank you, thank you for being so honest about the time and number of photographs! Given that your vases are always superb (and I always envy the lovely walls/settings in your home that you have at your disposal) you have encouraged me so much. Sometimes I feel life is too short, but I really enjoy the meme all the same! As to your vase – elegant and accomplished which is what I always expect from your vases, Susie. The colours of the gladioli are delicious – and what an interesting comment to Christina about using hydrangeas as a base to support other flowers. Do you leave your glads in the ground each year, or do you lift them? Thanks so much – and don’t worry, I think we would all enjoy your vases even if you spent a half hour on them!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, thanks for your kind and generous comments. I find preparing a vase on Monday is a nice exercise for my brain and I don’t mind spending time on it, but this week I obsessed too much. If I hadn’t had the time to spend I would have just picked out a couple of pictures and it would have been ok too. Some weeks the light is very good and I am satisfied with the first or second photo. Anyway, I’m glad you liked the vase and the gladioli themselves. I really like the range of deep colors. I do leave them in the ground to overwinter. Most return for many years unless I disturb the soil. Have a great week Cathy.

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  10. Anna

    Your glads are a most appealing combination of colours Susie and I like the frilly hydrangea collar. I planted some glads at the allotment where unfortunately the stalks have been munched by a rabbit 😦 I’m hoping that they still go on to produce flowers.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Anna. Hope your gladioli recover from the rabbit’s nibbling. I have a rabbit this year too but so far he’s not been too noticeably destructive.

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  11. skyfacebear

    oh, I love the glads! i saw a couple of them blooming the other day but rarely see them here at all.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi! I love them too. Really don’t see glads anywhere around here either. I cut one coral glad this week that I think came with us from Wave Road.

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