Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bouquet #2: Garden Appreciation Society

Erin of The Impatient Gardener hosts a presentation of bouquets composed of blooms and foliage selected from participants' gardens each week.  For the last 2 years, focused on the composition of the garden, I've been loathe to cut anything to carry into the house, although I used to cut flowers periodically to bring to my mother when I visited.  I've decided that it's time to bring some of the garden's color, fragrance and joy into my own the house so I've joined in Erin's Garden Appreciation Society.

Here's my bouquet this week, photographed in particularly poor light last evening:


I selected the gold Tagetes lemmonii (aka Copper Canyon Daisy) because I recently noticed that it had sprung into bloom in one of the less visited areas of my garden.  I also like the scent (which, sadly, my husband does not).  I selected the ruffled Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy) again this week because I have a lot of them to spare right now and the gold centers mesh well with the color of the smaller gold daisy.

My difficulty arose in selecting an appropriate filler.  I tried a few foliage plants, including:

Calliandra haematocephala

Xylosma congestum

Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'

The problem with the Calliandra haematocephala is that the leaves close up at night, which makes the foliage look droopy in a vase.  The Xylosma congestum, used as a hedge here, is plentiful but, because it's kept closely shorn, it's hard to find pieces that are long enough to have an impact in an arrangement.  And I couldn't bring myself to cut the Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon' because its only now coming back from a hard pruning in the fall.

So I selected Nandina domestica (aka Heavenly Bamboo).  In addition to being plentiful here, it's currently flowering, which adds to the presence of the foliage in the vase.  As I recall, the flower buds drop heavily when placed in a vase.  It remains to be seen how long this arrangement will last.  Last week's arrangement held up for an entire week.

Please go to Erin's site to see bouquets posted by other gardeners.

11 comments:

  1. It's too early for cut flowers from the garden in Maine, but I'm looking forward to having some to bring in soon. Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy your bouquet. :-) -Jean

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  2. What a fun bouquet! I love the Copper canyon daisy in there. Thanks for linking up!

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  3. Perfect choice of filler. Daisies want light and fluffy companions, I think.

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    1. The Nandina foliage is great but, as per my vague recollections, the Nandina flowers have proved to be very messy!

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  4. Should we tell your "fans" about the vase selection for mom?
    Just kidding... love you, sis.

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    1. Hey, those glass Snapple bottles worked just fine...

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  5. I really love cut flower and foliage arrangements so why don't I do them? Same reason as you, I don't like cutting them from my garden. Probably because I don't grow alot of any one thing. At any rate, a good reminder to stop and enjoy the flowers once and a while.

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    1. I tend to pick only what I have a lot of so preparing a weekly bouquet will be a challenge, especially as so many of the plants in this garden are infants. I'm using the exercise as an opportunity to challenge myself to think more creatively about composition - maybe I'll discover some opportunities for changes in design of the garden itself.

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  6. I had to laugh at your reason for starting a gardening blog, because it sounded so much like mine! I knew I was boring everyone to tears on my family blog with all the gardening talk, so I finally just made a separate blog for my plant-related ramblings. I still snag the unwary visitor for a tour when I can!
    Lovely bouquet. Also, I appreciated your discussion of how different plants hold up in a vase. That is something I'm still learning, much to my dismay, at times. FYI: dandelions have a vase-life of about 10 minutes. Just so you know. :)

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  7. Love your bouquet! Just the right mix of color, texture, substance and airiness! Beautiful!

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