The bouquet includes:
- 2 stems of Amaranthus cruentus 'Hopi Red Dye'
- 5 stems of Coreopsis 'Big Bang Redshift'
- 1 stem of Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Goblin'
- 2 stems of Helianthus annuus 'Valentine'
- 3 stems of Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'
- 1 stem of Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Coleus Inky Fingers'
|A fuzzy photo showing some of the color differences in the Coreopsis|
I added the coleus at the last minute in an effort to lighten the heaviness created by the burgundy-colored annual Amaranthus.
While the daisy-like shape of the Gaillardia is similar to that of the tickseed and sunflower, the color was just a little off, so it ended up tucked into the back of the bouquet.
Other floral rejects - 2 stems of Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit,' 3 stems of Bulbine frutescens and a small piece of Coreopsis - ended up in a small vase consigned to the guest bathroom, where all my rejects seem to end up at present.
And the larger vase ended up in the front entry, as usual.
Go to Cathy's blog at Rambling in the Garden to see her creation this week. You'll also find links to photos of vases created by other participating gardeners.