In A Vase On Monday – Ikebana

IMG_3216Last week, Cathy issued a challenge to create an Ikebana arrangement for this week’s IAVOM post and though it has been decades since I tried my hand at it, I thought I would give it a go. Simplicity and asymmetry are basic to the style, very different from my usual wild and loose, cottage-garden style. In looking at the photos, I can see I could pare it down more, but I’ll let this one stand as is!

IMG_3218My key focus is an orange, tetraploid daylily (Hemerocallis x fulva) that was given to me decades ago and although I do not like its aggressive nature in the garden, its blossom is attractive. A few additional daylily buds provide vertical height, along with two buds of  globe thistle (Echinops ritro).

IMG_3224Spikes of Siberian iris foliage (I. siberica) create an inverted ‘L’ sweep, and branches of katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) leaves were intended to be placed laterally, but they had a mind of their own! A few tight panicles of patrinia (P. gibbosa) as well some of its serrated foliage fill out the bottom.

IMG_3215The vintage, oval lead container is a spiked frog that I inherited from my mother-in-law and is probably quite old, possibly handed down from her mother or mother-in-law.

The wood and tile trivet was made by my son while in high school and given to me as a gift. IMG_3225The Japanese cloisonné bowl belonged to my spouse’s grandmother, acquired when she lived in Japan in the early 20th century. Enlarge to look at the amazing detail, it is quite extraordinary. Someone labored a very long time to create this work of art.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden for hostly her weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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68 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Ikebana

  1. Christina says:

    Well done! You really caught the essence of a Japanese arrangement.

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Love this and love the bowl!

  3. Ann @Ann Edwards Photography says:

    simply elegant, Eliza! I love the cloisonne bowl – my husband makes enamel jewellery and uses this technique occasionally so I can vouch for the amount of labouring involved!

  4. susurrus says:

    I love the movement and the contrasting textures. The daylily makes the perfect star of the show.

  5. jenanita01 says:

    a beautiful arrangement… loving the bowl!

  6. treah says:

    I think you nailed this pretty well! Lovely……

  7. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    You wouldn’t have thought you had done a Ikebana arrangement for over a decade – looks great.

  8. Kathy Sturr says:

    I’d say you met this challenge! I would love to learn more about Ikebana arrangements someday. Wonderful!

  9. Cathy says:

    A beautiful arrangement Eliza, especially with the buds and Echinops for height. What a gorgeous Japanese bowl too. Well done! 🙂

  10. Beautywhizz says:

    Lively ikebana and the Japanese bowl is beautiful.

  11. dorannrule says:

    Beautiful arrangement in a gorgeous bowl!

  12. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Great bowl, just perfect for your Ikebana!

  13. Kris P says:

    You did a beautiful job, Eliza! The daylily makes a handsome centerpiece and the greenery gives the arrangement a wonderful freshness. My own ikebana experiment is far more spindly.

  14. Jane Lurie says:

    Well done, Eliza. Must be very calming to work on.

  15. Looks great. I had those Daylilies as well, never tamed them and had to move to get away from them! I like the colors and movement in the arrangement, Katsura is a nice touch.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      😀 Your comment gave me a chuckle. There are quite a few out-of-control ‘mistakes’ I made in my gardens where I have thought the only solution is to move away! Thanks for stopping by.

      • Daylilies, Black eyed Susans, Alstroemeria and Lysimachia, my mistakes as far as being overrun but good cut flowers. My favorite summer arrangements were Alstromeria and Lysimachia.

  16. That daylily is such an incredible colour. My mother keeps her daylilies in a terracotta jar to stop it spreading about. Perhaps that is a solution?

  17. pbmgarden says:

    Eliza, this is lovely. I like the curving upwards sweep, the variety of foliage shapes and that you used the open day lily and the buds. Thought choice of objects to create a setting for the vase also.

  18. joanna says:

    I have been wandering backwards in your blog and was struck by the fine penstemons you have such a crop of. Those would also go beautifully with your golden bowls.
    The heart-shaped leaves are a great addition.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you kindly, Joanna. Cathy has offered us a good challenge to stretch our design talent. It makes us look around and wonder what else we can do? 🙂

  19. Beautiful from every angle.

  20. Eliza I love your Ikebana vase…a lovely daylily flower and curving bud…really wonderful! And that cloisonné bowl the perfect accompaniment.

  21. MK says:

    Beautiful arrangement, Eliza. I think I’m partial to this Ikebana style. Nice bowl too!

  22. Noelle says:

    I can just imagine the beautiful kimono you were wearing….this arrangement with the supporting vases, stand etc bring together an arrangement worthy of a Butsudan.

  23. Cathy says:

    I especially like the ‘lean’ on this, Eliza – it’s intriguing how such a simple touch as that makes such a difference. Great result and thanks for sharing

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. It was a good challenge. Maybe it could a new thing every few weeks? – give us a theme and see what we can come up with – so long as it isn’t too tough! 😉

  24. Eliza that is lovely and with such family history. I have never used a daylily in a vase does it last?

  25. I love, love, love ikebana – had I had more time while I lived in Japan, I would have loved to get into it. Instead, I just got to enjoy it, as created by others!

  26. when I first saw this, I thought- “Wow, you could see this pictured in a magazine.” Great work, Eliza.

  27. I finally made it here. 🙂 Wow. Just gorgeous and the orange makes everything perfect. What a beautiful post. Amazing arrangement.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Gigi. I’ve had to change the blossom the past two days, but today I picked red bee balm to replace the ephemeral daylily, so it’ll last longer.

  28. Maria F. says:

    Your vase images are wonderful Eliza!

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  30. Exquisite, Eliza. You are such an artist with plant materials. Congratulations on winning Cathy’s drawing! ❤ ❤ ❤

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