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Monday, June 4, 2018

In A Vase on Monday

I'm back to this meme after a break from what was beginning to feel like a frustrating chore, rather than a delight. My arrangements never look the way I envision them in my head, I always end up with a messy counter covered in water, bugs and off-cuts from stems, with water splashed on my clothes somewhere uncomfortable. I always try 5 different vases before settling on the same one I always use and I often cut something I don't use (Alliums actually ended up in the compost bin this week). And my garden still doesn't have the abundance of blooms that would allow me to create a really big, blowsy arrangement.

I know -- yes, I'd like some cheese with my whine.

For today's vase I picked every Gladiolus byzantinus that was flowering in my cutting garden. The flowers had already started fading from the bottom up and I didn't want them to go over before I had a chance to use them.

Gladiolus byzantinus, Dichelostemma congestum and Pulsatilla seedheads


I got sick of trying to arrange them so that they were facing in directions I liked, and finally just gave the vase a vigorous shake accompanied by an expletive and set it on the counter by the sink.

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts In A Vase On Monday. Check out her post here.

10 comments:

  1. That looks blankety-blank lovely. I don't imagine there are many gardeners whose gardens or vases ever measure up to the picture in our heads. A number of years after we started our garden, some friends told us they thought we were delusional in the early years when the garden was mostly mud. They couldn't imagine what we were talking about or saw in our heads given the messy chaos they saw!

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  2. Thanks for the morning chuckle Alison, I can totally see you doing just that. I always enjoy the arranging more when the weather is such that I can do it outside. It seems so much more liberating. Plus there's no worry when some little creature falls from the flowers and runs across the table. SO much better than on the kitchen counter!

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  3. Despite my seemingly relentless commitment to the meme, I suffer from many of the same frustrations, Alison. I tend to stubbornly refuse to throw out anything I've cut even if it doesn't support the arrangement, which is how my arrangements end up over-stuffed with outlier blooms (like today's 'Mint Cocoa' Lisianthus). I'm jealous of your Glads - I planted bulbs this season but haven't seen any sign of the foliage, much less any blooms.

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  4. Oh no bugs and mess and wonky vases....I have the same experiences most times but with lots of practice and just letting the experience unfold for me...then I was satisfied. I make these for me and don't fuss with the arrangement. If I do then I make myself crazy. This is a lovely vase and I love way you arranged them.

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  5. Please don't think of it as any way competitive (even if its just you versus your head) - it really can be as simple as just picking and plonking, whether it's a single stem or something more abundant. Your gladiouli are pretty as they are so please don't be put off picking and joining in ;)

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  6. Even though I have cut a vase of flowers every Saturday for years I hesitated to join in this meme because I felt like I would have to be a little less slapdash about my arrangement. In reality I have enjoyed the challenge (so far) and it's actually made me consider plants that I have never included . When I joined in I decided up front that I would only post a couple times a month for the very reason you mentioned-not to make it a chore. I love those glads !

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  7. Your method of arranging sounds very similar to my own, dammit. Flowers never cooperate with what we want them to do. It's their way of getting back at us for cutting them down in their prime and bringing them inside to die.

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  8. A vigorous shake is all it took. It’s a beautiful display.

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  9. Your arrangement is fine, don't be hard on yourself. I learnt the hard way by trial and error and still can't help fiddling as I pass a vase. I often collect the leftovers in another vase which is a pick and plonk mixture of everything. The choice of vase makes a huge difference and can mean you get them all out.

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  10. The seedheads make it really interesting.

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