Sunday, March 19, 2017

Calla Lily Arrangement

As I went through the garden doing my Sunday morning stroll today I noticed that my calla lilies (zantedeschia aethiopica) are finally blooming and I knew immediately that they would be the ideal blooms to use for a little flower arrangement.



At the end of the process I was pleased with the arrangement above, but getting there was quite a struggle. First I thought I would be able to cut five blooms, but it turned out that one of them was already over and another one had too many blemishes to be used as a cut flower.

Having only three blooms to work with presented quite a challenge because they looked lost in a bigger vase. Like in my last bouquet (see the post here) the solution was to cut the long stems of the flowers down quite a bit and use plenty of greenery (five calla lily leaves) as a foundation for the blooms.

I realized that my final arrangement resembles the way a calla lily naturally grows. Mother nature always knows best!



The strong architectural presence of a calla lily bloom always fascinates me.



And the leaves are not less captivating with their beautiful veining.



Usually, I like more romantic bouquets, but I find that calla lilies call for simplicity and restrained to not disturb the beauty of their clear lines and understated elegance. So a simple modern glass vase seemed to be a good fit.



To me, the arrangement has a bit of a Zen-character which inspired me to accompany it with a sound bowl with a simple wood striker. When I bought the bowl I had been told that it is very old and from Nepal. That might be true or not, but it definitvely has a wonderful sound.



I love in this shot how the light shines through the leave of the calla lily and illuminates the white flower.



Pure elegance.



I can get lost looking at these beautiul leaves.



The flower seen from a different perspective, revealing the yellow spadix.



Calla lilies are truly pieces of art.



After a long time I like to participate in Cathy's very popular "In a Vase on Monday" meme, where she encourages us to pick something from our gardens and bring it indoors to be enjoyed up close. Please go over to her blog and see what she and other people have filled their vases with this week.

Wishing everyone a good start into the new week!

See you in the garden!

Warm regards,

Christina




I am linking up to 
Rambling in the Garden - In a Vase on Monday
Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home - Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps On The Porch - Metamorphosis Monday
Cedar Hill Farmhouse - The Scoop
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays
21 Rosemary Lane - Share Your Style
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Oslon - Share Your Cup
Peonies & Orange Blossoms - Thursday Favorite Things
A Delightsome Life - Home and Garden Thursday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Holunderbluetchen - Friday-Flowerday
Rattlebridge Farm - Foodie Friday and Everything Else
How Sweet The Sound - "Anything Goes" Pink Saturday
One More Time - Share It One More Time
My Soulful Home - Sundays at Home
Angie The Freckled Rose - Dishing It & Digging It
botanic bleu - Monday Social
Coastal Charm - Show And Share
Shabby Art Boutique - Create, Bake, Grow & Gather




26 comments:

  1. Beautiful arrangement; simplicity is often the hardest look to achieve. the quality of your images is outstanding.

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    1. Thanks, Christina, I am so happy that you like my arrangement and my photography! I completely agree with you, I can throw together a simple rose bouquet in a heartbeat, but this simplistic arrangement was completely out of my comfort zone and took me quite a while to put together!

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  2. What a beautiful photo's you made of the great flower arrangement. I think you could start your own flowershop.
    Have a wonderful day Christina.
    rosehugs Marijke

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    1. Marijke, thanks for your very kind comment! But I think before I open a florist shop, I need to practice my flower arranging skill a bit more, though ;-)!

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  3. Muy lindo. Las calas las veo maravillosas, para un jarrón. Besitos.

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  4. Simple and pure! Just the escense of these calla Lily . Great shots and I like to see the sunshine on your table. Here is raining and raining again... groetjes Hetty

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    1. Hetty, thanks! I was also very fascinated by the way the sun light played with the leaves and blooms of the calla lilies when I was photographing them.
      Hope the rain has let up, on the other hand that is why everything is so green and juicy in your garden!

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  5. I'm glad you joined the "IaVoM" parade, Christina! Coincidentally, I used Callas in one of my own vases this week too. It's a lovely plant - the leaves are just as wonderful as the flowers. I cut my stems short to fit the vase I chose this time, which was a bit of a shame as Callas have those perfect long stems.

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  6. Your photos are GORGEOUS! Such a beautiful celebration of lines and curves and elegance. The singing bowl is a perfect accompaniment!

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  7. Dear Christina,
    this is a lovely arrangement! It is a nice idea to bring flowers from your garden inside. I am personally a bit reluctant when it comes to picking flowers from my garden. During the great rose flush in spring, I like to take some blooms inside as there are so many in the garden. However, at other times of the year when there aren´t so many blooms in the garden it somehow pains me to cut them for inside. That´s why I was thinking about creating a little cutting patch in the garden.
    Best wishes,
    Lisa

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  8. A stunning arrangement! Your photos are beautiful, especially the close-ups of the lilies - they show just how perfect the flowers are.

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  9. Liebe Christina, Calla blühen auch jedes Jahr in meinem Garten. Ich mag sie total gerne. Ein wunderschönes Blumenarrangement. Ich habe Deinen Kommentar auf meinem Blog beantwortet, doch hier auch ganz kurz: bei Dir kann man eine Ausnahme machen, da Du ja die Sprache kannst und bei vielen deutschsprachigen Blogs mitliest. Also ich würde mich freuen, wenn Du Dich anmeldest und das Logo-Bildchen in Deinen Blog einbindest.

    LG Kathrin

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  10. Wonderful photos of a calm and beautiful arrangement of one of my favourite plants. It's such a treat to see it at this time of year!

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  11. Beautiful. I love the quiet beauty of the calla lily. I've got them growing In a water trough in my poly tunnel. They don't flower until the summer here. All the best. Karen

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  12. Your photos capture the beauty of the calla. I love the simple elegance of your still life.

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  13. This is a gorgeous arrangement. I will remember this when I start seeing blooms on my calla lily.

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  14. So pretty! Thanks for sharing your arrangement tips!

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  15. They certainly are gorgeous! I agree that the leaves are almost as pretty as the bloom. Great job on the arranging. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. A lovely arrangement, Christina! So pretty with the light shining through! The Nepalese bowl is wonderful, too. xx Karen

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  17. Hi Christina,

    Your calla lily arrangement, complemented by the wooden sound bowl and stick generates a zen-like setting, peaceful and soulfully nourishing. Your close-ups, especially of the impressive veining on the lilies' leaves are captivating, such pretty paths to get lost in, indeed!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely arrangement. It has inspired me to create one of my own with the three calla lilies that have bloomed in my own garden.

    Happy to follow you, too!

    Poppy:)

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  18. Christina, your photos are lovely. You are right - the foliage is just as beautiful as the flowers!

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  19. Callas, sind wirklich wunderschön und
    haben eine tolle Form. In deiner Vase
    wirken sie fantastisch :-)
    Ganz viele liebe Frühlingsgrüße
    sendet dir die Urte

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  20. So pretty! Love the closeups of the flowers and leaves. Happy Pink Saturday!

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  21. Simply Lovely!

    Happy Pink Saturday and Chippy White Cottage Blessings,

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  22. Beautiful. Such gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing at Monday Social.

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