Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bouquet #4: And now for something completely different

This week, I was determined to compose a bouquet that didn't include either Agapanthus or Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum), which have been the mainstays of my bouquets for the 3 weeks I've participated in the Garden Appreciation Society posts hosted by Erin at The Impatient Gardener.  There are still plenty of both in my garden but, for this round, I thought I'd use flowers I wouldn't normally select in preparing a bouquet.  So here is this week's effort:

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.


  1. Absolutely GORGEOUS bouquet! The Anagallis monelli is not a plant I'm familiar with but I'm definitely in love!

  2. Beautifully coordinated bouquet. Great choices.

  3. Love this color combination! Luscious. -Jean

  4. Love that Anagallis! I finally found one a few weeks ago and used it in a combo pot. The habit doesn't lend itself to being used as a cut flower but who can resist the color of those luscious flowers?