Monday, November 24, 2014

In a Vase on Monday: Rose goes along for the ride

As Thursday is Thanksgiving, I thought this week's vase should feature colors evocative of the holiday.  The berries of the Heteromeles arbutifolia are turning bright red so those seemed an obvious choice.  Late last week, I also noticed that the 'Joseph's Coat' climbing rose had a promising bud so I targeted that as well.  When the time came to cut materials for my vase, the rose, buffeted by winds, was already past its prime but I elected to use it anyway.  The berries are the real stars of this week's arrangement.




The vase contains:
  • Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'
  • Gomphrena haageana
  • Heteromeles arbutifolia (aka Toyon), berries
  • Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder'
  • Rose 'Joseph's Coat'
  • Tagetes lemmonii

The petals of the Gomphrena dry slowly starting from the base of the flower, taking on a texture like tissue paper

Toyon is the official native plant of the City of Los Angeles - why LA found it necessary to name an official plant I can't explain but at least it garners an oft-overlooked plant some attention

Close up of the bracts of Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder,' which redden in winter

My bedraggled 'Joseph's coat rose with one of the few remnants of Tagetes lemmonii



This cheerful vase landed in one of my standard spots across from the front door.




To see other floral and foliage concoctions, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for this week's line up.


All material © 2012-2014 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

16 comments:

  1. A lovely bright cheerful vase for your festive season Kris, may I offer my best wishes for Thanks Giving and hope you have a lovely day.

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  2. I feel as if I could warm my hands on this one, Kris! The shade of the Gomphrena and the red edges of the Leucadendron are perfect with the rose and the berries - thanks for sharing your vase and enjoy your Thanksgiving

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  3. Wow, so many things I've never seen before. That gomphrena is really special! I love the toad - when you have two country boys like mine, you learn to get excited over toads!

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    1. I'd gladly exchange my ceramic toad for some of the real things, Karen - I haven't seen a toad or a frog in my current - or former - garden for as long as I can remember, which is quite sad. I have lots of lizards, though.

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  4. I love the red and warm pink tones of the arrangement, very cheerful and festive!

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  5. How wonderful having all these amazing flowers to pick for your special vase. Your Leucodendron always makes me envious and isn' t the Gomphrena lovely? A really bright, showy arrangement.

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving Kris - I hope you have had a lovely celebration. Your vase feels very right for the season but bright and cheerful at the same time. I love your bedraggled rose!

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  7. Aah, lovely! Very festive and cheerful. The berries are really pretty. I love the Gomphrena too. Does it retain its colour if dried? Your rose is looking lovely still - not at all bedraggled!

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    1. As the Gomphrena bloom ages, the lower petals dry and turn tan and papery, Cathy. I'd leave the tan petals in place except that the slightest shake causes them to fall and scatter.

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  8. Hmmm, my comment seems to have been lost...anyway, I wanted to say thank you for using a California native plant in your bouquet.

    Toyon is a gorgeous plant - those red berries!

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  9. A well planted garden provides the gardener with bouquets for the house during each season. You have that garden. Happy Thanksgiving

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  10. Lost my comment somehow, so let me just say I love those berries and bracts.

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  11. Oh I love the Gomphrena and Leucadendron combo!

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  12. That's a beautiful welcoming vase. Good wishes to you for a very happy Thanksgiving. Gillian

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  13. Kris another stunning vase this week especially the Leucadendron with the red tinged edges....love this with the berries, rose et al....wonderful Thanksgiving treat...wishing you and yours a most Happy Thanksgiving!

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