The first flower I selected was Anagallis monelli (aka Blue Pimpernel). I love its intense blue color and the violet-pink tones at its center. It looks beautiful en masse in the garden but it makes a very wispy cut flower and, unfortunately, the blooms close at night.
|Bouquet after Anagallis blooms close in the evening|
|Anagallis monelli in the garden|
I picked purple, pink and other blue flowers to complement the Anagallis. The purple flower on the lower right is Trachelium caeruleum 'Hamer Pandora'. (At least I think that's what it is - it could be 'Devotion Purple'). It's supposed to grow 3 feet tall but, in its second year in my garden, it's only about 1 feet high. For some height, I added Salvia 'Mystic Spires' and Agastache 'Acapulco Rose', neither of which I've used before as cut flowers. It remains to be seen how they will hold up in a vase. I added Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink' as a filler but that's almost lost in the arrangement's general wispy-ness. Because I felt the combination still needed punch, I added several stems of Pelargonium peltatum (ivy geranium) front and center. I have no record of the variety. The plant moved to this house with me in a pot and has ended up in a sunny spot in the border of my vegetable garden. Ivy geraniums handle the summer heat here well and, although considered common by many people, they're a sentimental favorite of mine.
Last week's bouquet (shown here) held up well with a little grooming mid-week. My hope is that the current bouquet will have similar staying power.
Visit Erin's site at The Impatient Gardener for pictures of bouquets prepared by other gardeners.