|I'd already planned to redesign this area as another succulent garden but hadn't planned to tackle it just yet...|
I could show you a lot more photos of this sort but there's little point. After a relatively long (and peaceful) break, the raccoons, a whole family of them by my guess, had a party in my garden, conducting an industrious scavenger hunt for grubs. Only a few areas were left untouched. I've cleaned up some of the mess but not all. This was especially frustrating as I'd spent most of the previous 2 days on garden clean-up and replacement of some of the plants I lost to the heat and dry conditions this summer. Discovery of the raccoons' activity knocked the wind out of my sails. This is a long-winded way of saying, I gave up the idea of scavenging for flowers and fell back on the Eustoma as the centerpiece for this week's vase.
Salvia lanceolata (aka Rocky Mountain Sage) adds a hint of the coming autumn to the arrangement, which includes:
|Clockwise from the left, Eustoma grandiflorum 'Echo Pink', Salvia lanceolata, Russelia equisetiformis, and Zinnia. (Included but not highlighted: Tanacetum parthenium and Leucanthemum x superbum)|
The arrangement is sitting in the front entryway.
|The cheerful arrangement takes some of the sting out of the morning's unpleasant surprises|
Last week's arrangement remains on the dining room table, virtually unchanged.
|Just the dormant Aeoniums are showing signs of decline|
For more floral and foliage arrangements, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. I'm headed outside to do more clean-up. For those of you in the US, happy Labor Day (and may the raccoons steer clear of your garden)!
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