|Vase with the 'Medallion' rose on the left and without it on the right|
Unfortunately, I can't say I'm any more satisfied with the second version of the vase than I was with the first but I didn't have the energy to plunge back into the heat to look for alternatives so I let the second version stand.
|Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Leonotis leonurus, Abelia x grandiflora 'Confetti', Leucadendron salignum 'Chief', unripe berries of Nandina domestica, flowers of Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum', and seedpods of Phlomis fruticosa|
|Perhaps the most interesting element of this week's vase are the seedpods of Auranticarpa rhombifolia (aka Diamond Leaf Pittosporum)|
I returned the succulent vase created 4 weeks ago to the dining table and placed the new vase in the front entryway.
|The heat forestalled my plan to plant out the cuttings used in this vase but I'm surprised how fresh they look given that they've had neither water nor soil to support them for 4 full weeks|
|I decided against scattering the dried Auranticarpa seedpods around the bottom of the vase, certain that my cat, Pipig, was likely to scatter them throughout the house|
|Although Pipig doesn't look like she's interested in any strenuous activity|
Leftover flowers went into a small bud vase, which I placed next to my computer. As I was preparing this post, I noticed that the tentacle-like stigmas on the Grevillea were moving. At first, I thought maybe the air conditioner was blowing them about. But the movements were irregular and uncoordinated. Then, one by one at intervals, tiny beige blobs, each smaller than a grain of rice, landed on my desk. They were squishy to the touch. They didn't move and, in short order, they dried up. But the Grevillea continued to twitch periodically. It appears that this tiny creature, whatever it is, was parachuting from the flower to my desk, dying soon afterwards. So, the Grevillea is no longer in this vase.
I put the rose in a tiny vase next to the kitchen sink.
|The rose doesn't look as raggedy on its own|
Lest you wonder, despite the heat there are still some pink Eustoma grandiflorum in bloom in the garden but I decided to make this a pink-free post.
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other participating gardeners have put in their vases this week.
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