11 July 2014

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 14 - Triteleia




This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring Triteleia.

Triteleia is an early summer flowering corm and it's a native of North America and Central America - but most common in California. The flowers are very similar to Agapanthus and the two are easily mixed up. They are also called 'triplet lilies' and the old name is Brodiaea laxa. 

Triteleia has deep, rich bluebell blue flowers - all growing from the top of tall stems.

You can find them at florists, flower markets and farmer's markets or if you live in warmer climates you can grow them yourself - if not you might have to grow them in pots.

They are good value for money as they can last for a good two weeks.

You'll need: 
- three stems of Triteleia
- a tall blue glass bottle to match the colour of the flowers

Condition the flowers by cutting the stems at an angle and put straight away in fresh water in a clean container over night or at least for a few hours in a cool, dark place.

The leaves die down before the flowers appear - so no need to remove any foliage.

I wanted to make a tall arrangement - so I have used a fairly tall bottle. The flowers and the container needs to be in proportion with each other - so to get the right height - what you can do is to put the vase at the edge of the counter where you are working and hold the flower stems in your hand next to the vase to estimate where to cut the stems   
  
These flowers are stunning on their own and you don't really need to mix them with anything else - the beauty of the blue graceful flowers and the light reflecting through the blue glass is enough - simple and easy.



Again - I got the flowers from my friendly flower seller at the farmer's market - Cel Roberton and her Forever Green Flower Company.

I'm in summer mode - so I'm not posting as often as usual - but I'll see you again next Wednesday for another FLOWERS from Titti and I - and I promise you it will be something a bit different!
Have a Happy Floral Day!

  xoxo Ingrid

8 comments:

Frances said...

Ingrid, wishing you a fabulous weekend. Thank you so much for showing us this elegantly spare arrangement that really lets those flowers have a starring role.

Beautiful! xo

HWIT BLOGG said...

Blått är ju så vackert...
Önskar dig en skön helg Ingrid!
Kram,
Titti

Villrose said...

Dear Spring flowers, Triteleia!

Lilasesazuis Gata said...

Magnífico agapanto!

beijos,

Lígia

Lisa Gordon said...

I just love the beautiful simplicity of this, Ingrid.
Have a wonderful weekend! xo.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Absolutely beautiful!

girl friday said...

Strikingly similar to Agapanthus. Never seen this before. Thanks for showing us.
Sadly the blue of the vase and the flowers do not match on my screen, but that is the tragedy of screens and digital photographs: one never quite knows the reality of the subject.

Jarka Panci said...

Very very beautiful flower!
I wish sunny days.
Jarka