A Renoir Inspiration

When I was in London a few weeks ago I went back to the National Gallery (a must visit every time I'm there) and viewed some of my favorite art again. They have a great selection of Renoir and Degas - two of my favorites. I happened upon a beautiful floral painting by Renoir which indeed confirmed my love for gladioli. I mean just look at how beautiful this is, abundant and masterful. So, I was inspired, and upon my return I did my own version of "Gladioli in a Vase" with mostly flowers from my garden and a little gladioli help from Trader Joe's.

Renoir - Gladioli in a Vase | Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Renoir - Gladioli in a Vase | Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Renoir - Gladioli in a Vase

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

The Glorious Gladiolus

The Gladiolus is not often thought of as a "gourmet" flower, as it is inexpensive and rather common. That said, the "sword lily" has enormous variation in color, size, and shape, and is a lovely flower for arrangements needing height and strong support. I find them delicate and quite lovely, and they last longer than many other cut flowers. In this simple cluster, gladioli (plural) are the star, with some garden rose added to break things up a bit. Note: According to Wikipedia, Gladiolus is the appropriate flower for a 40th wedding anniversary.

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I really love the color and delicate-looking buds Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I thought that these blue glass vases would be a perfect contrast to the peach, pink, and white of the gladioli and roses Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Because of their strong stems, Gladiolus are very easy to arrange and keep in place. They are great anchors for a large arrangement because of this property. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood