it’s vase day



I love the simplicity of plain white Calla Lilies.


No, this is not my patch, but one featured on the ANLD tour. I await the day when mine will be this photogenic.


Still, my planting has grown enough to yield material for a vase without sacrificing a presence in the woodland border.


I put a narrower vase into the large white one, to hold the stems upright.


Operating on the KISS principle, I didn’t want to interfere with the graphic elegance of the leaves and flower stems by adding any other material, so there you have it: my entry into the Rambling in the Garden ‘In a Vase on Monday’ hosted by Cathy.

28 thoughts on “it’s vase day

  1. I love these lilies Ricki, I wish I could grow them here but sadly they need rather a lot of water. Your vase and its accompanying book are very apt. Happy 4th July

  2. Oh that is such a good idea, the vase within a vase. I love the simplicity of this – but how do your zantedeschia look so pristine? I have blooms on mine this year but the tend to look ragged and dirty really quickly, even in the absence of rain?

  3. Ricki, that is a fine patch of calla lilies you encountered. Don’t think I’ve ever seen them growing like that. And your vase is exquisite. Intentional or not, I’m struck by the shape of the birds on the cover of the book reflected by the forms of the lilies. So lovely.

  4. Your vase is just perfect, Ricki. I was startled to see calla lilies, though, as mine are long, long gone – it’s another clear indication of the difference in our climates. Best wishes for a very happy 4th!

  5. They are so simply beautiful, Rickii. The Zantedeschia growing in Lincoln City in early spring just amazed me, and that they are hardy in coastal OR when they look so tropical and delicate! So I’ve been adding them to our garden and hope to eventually be able to grow a huge, elegant stand of them like I’ve admired in OR. The garden tour photo with a stand of Zantedeschia is striking, with the Asian art and water feature. What a peaceful place to tend each day. Thank you for featuring one of my favorite plants in your vase this week!

    • The coastal climate brings its own challenges but many things really thrive there. Look forward to seeing your results in a future post.

  6. The KISS principle works for me. Often, when I sense I’ve crossed the line for complexity, I step back and pull something out of the arrangement. I must say, I do believe my favorite arrangements are those that include 1-3 types of blooms, with a dusting of foliage. Lucky you to have enough Callas for a bouquet … and to be able to grow them as perennials! I bought a Calla plant this spring that I think I will try to overwinter in the sunroom. They are so beautiful!

    • I just bought one called ‘Flame’ that I am very excited about. It has spotted foliage and flowers that begin yellow but gradually turn to a deep red-orange.

  7. Calla lilies have such sculptural beauty – I love them too! Your accompaniment of the little sand dollar dots the “i” for sure – beautiful, Rickii!

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