Monday, May 18, 2015

In a Vase on Monday: Split Personalities

For this week's "In a Vase on Monday," the meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, I have 2 vases with very different personalities, although they have one flower in common.  The first vase, featuring Gaillardia x grandiflora looks more autumnal than spring or summer-like.


Back view


It features:

  • Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Goblin' and/or 'Arizona Sun'
  • Leptospermum 'Copper Glow'
  • Pelargonium hortorum 'Mrs. Pollock'
  • Senecio cineraria (now known as Jacobaea maritima)



The only difference between Gaillardia 'Goblin' and 'Arizona Sun' that I can see is their height - I think there are probably some of each here

I've had a terrible time trying to photograph Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' in my garden but photographing it in a vase was easier - it looked almost good enough to have sufficed on its own

I meant for Pelargonium 'Mrs. Pollock' to have a larger role in this week's vase but the stem blocked some of the relatively short Gaillardia stems from view so it ended up in the back of the vase

I love the gray foliage of Senecio cineraria (now classified as Jacobaea maritima) but I find I also like its bright yellow flowers, which the bees seem to adore


The second vase, although taller, has a lighter, more summery feel.  It's similar to the bouquet I featured 2 weeks ago except that it includes a bolt of cheerful yellow.


It contains:

  • Argyranthemum frutescens 'Butterfly'
  • Arthropodium cirratum (aka Renga lily)
  • Eustoma grandiflorum 'Echo White'
  • Jacobaea maritima
  • Solanum xanti


Argryrantemum 'Butterfly' and Jacobaea maritima complement each other well

Arthropodium cirratum is hard to photograph, especially under the gloom of "May Gray" skies, which cause the flowers to close

This Eustoma stem is a holdover from last week's arrangement - I cut off the central flower, which was beginning to fade, and tucked the stem into the back of this week's vase as it still has a lot of flower-power left

I think this is the best close-up photo I've gotten of Solanum xanti - this is the first time I've noticed those little green dots around the flower's center


Here are the 2 vases in place:

In the front entryway

On the dining room table


Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see more vases constructed of materials selected from participants' own gardens.


All material © 2012-2015 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

24 comments:

  1. Mmmm ..... Arthropodium. Never heard of it before. It is my favorite of this morning's selections.

    This what Pacific Bulb Society says about it: Arthropodium cirrhatum commonly known as a Rock Lily is native to New Zealand. It is evergreen with small white flowers in early summer. This plant grows easily in Northern California in shade, but needs some water year round. Snails and slugs are very fond of it.

    Is this true? Are you growing it in shade?

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    1. Arthropodium cirratum has become one of my favorite plants since I first grew it at my old house, Jane. I've grown it in both sun and shade, although I'd recommend at least partial shade - it flowers somewhat better with more sun and develops bigger clumps in sun but full exposure also burns out the foliage to a greater extent. It's very easy to propagate. Snails do like it but I don't have a big problem with them - that's one contribution my raccoon visitors make to my garden.

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  2. Wow Kris the 2 are opposite like summer and fall. I love the purple foliage and the stunning foliage of Pelargonium hortorum 'Mrs. Pollock'. And that second vase has the subtle lovely colors with the pop of blue from Solanum. Both quite lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I'm in love with that Leptospermum foliage myself.

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  3. Kris, you always amaze me with the variety of flowers and foliage you grow. Your vases are wonderful. The Solanum anti photo is great.

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    1. I was pleased with the Solanum pic - my close-up photos usually leave a lot to be desired. (I blame it on the camera, of course...)

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  4. Oh Kris, you have such a talent for making arrangements with your flowers. Lovely as always!

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  5. Both your vases are so creative, Kris! I always learn something from your posts which are so well documented. Have a great week!

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    1. I hope you enjoy your week too, Anca!

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  6. Gorgeous vases, the flowers are so beautifully arranged and balanced. I'm learning so much from joining in this meme - educational and fun what more could you ask?

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    1. It is a fun meme, Home Slip. I'm glad you joined the crowd!

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  7. The gaillardia make such a statement - and the leptospermum foliage is a great accompaniment with the pelargonium leaves. Definitely my favourite of yours this week - thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Not as bold as your arrangement, Cathy, but you can't say Gaillardia isn't colorful!

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  8. The leptospermum foliage is beautiful! I'm still trying to become inspired by Gaillardia, but you're probably going to get me convinced pretty soon as it always looks so good in your pictures ;-) It's fascinating to see the Senecio combine with two totally different looks here - both wonderful!

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    1. That Senecio/Jacobaea has turned out to be quite the versatile plant!

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  9. Maybe not appropriate to the calendar per se, but as you point out, you are coming to the end of the most active blooming periods in your spaces, so a bit of a late summer/early autumn vibe is right on target. And, both lovely as usual. Are you and your husband getting jaded towards having these gorgeous arrangements around week in and week out? Oh, *yawn* another great vase! : )

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    1. It could be the first vase or the 100th, Deb, and my husband's reaction would still be a big yawn. Flowers and plants in general don't register on his scale. I usually take him on a "tour" of our garden a couple times a year just because I can't help myself but I can't say it's a highlight for him. However, he does help with projects when I need him so that counts in his favor.

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  10. the leptospermum foliage is gorgeous! The Mrs Pollock foliage looks like it "goes" perfectly.

    I though hard about making an arrangement today after the lesson I got last week, but...it didn't happen. Maybe tomorrow...

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    1. That Leptospermum may be my favorite plant this year. I have no idea where I'd put another one but I may be tempted to snap up the next one I see anyway - maybe I could send one of my less-than-satisfactory Phormiums packing.

      You should join the meme! Your roses, without any other adornment, would blow the other participants away. Once you get going, I can only imagine what you'd come up with given the selections available in your garden. Your garden is a testament to your great eye!

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  11. Does Arthropodium cirratum stay closed when in the house or does it open in artificial light? Both vases are lovely, I especially like the foliage in the first vase and all the yellows cascading through the design of the second.

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    1. It's hard for me to judge how much or what kind of light the Arthropodium flowers need as they open on a staggered schedule but they seem to react with relatively low light levels, natural or otherwise. Maybe I'll conduct a little experiment to assess light impacts.

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  12. Those Pelargonium leaves are lovely in your first vase, and the Gaillarda does give it an autumn-like feel. And the second vase is lovely with its summery yellows and pastel pink. That close-up of the Solanum is great!

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    1. Thanks Cathy! The Pelargonium produces flowers too (in an almost florescent orange color) but I grow it for the pretty foliage.

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