|Front view with the Iris taking center stage - I couldn't bring myself to cut the second blooming Iris stalk but the one I cut has a second bud about to bloom|
|The vase looks very lopsided from the back because I couldn't get that wide stem of Limonium perezii to cooperate and chose not to hack it into pieces|
|The top view highlights the silver and chartreuse colors of the Leucadendron|
As the bright purple flowers of Limonium perezii are in bloom in areas throughout the garden, they were a natural choice to fill the vase, as were the gold Freesia blooms that have popped up everywhere. The silver and chartreuse blooms of Leucadendron 'Pisa' were a wild-card addition. I'm not sure they really mesh with the other flowers but they did lighten what was otherwise a heavy color mix, especially with the dark vase, so I kept them.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Iris x hollandica, Coleonema album with Solanum xanti, Freesia, Leucadendron 'Pisa', Limonium perezii, and Narcissus (noID)|
In the past week, there's also been a surge in the volume of hot pink blooms so I made up a second vase to showcase that color scheme too.
|Front view with the Schizanthus stealing the focus from the Callistemon on the left|
|The top view gives each flower its due|
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: Callistemon hybrid 'Hot Pink' with Alstroemeria (noID), Argyranthemum frutescens, Ixia (noID), Prunus laurocerasus, and Schizanthus pinnatus|
The first vase sits in the front entry.
The second vase sits on the mantle in the master bedroom.
And the vase created around the Cymbidium flower stalk 4 weeks ago, which I refreshed last week, is back on the dining room table.
|The Coleonema and Leptospermum stems I cut last week are a bit withered but the Cymbidium looks virtually unchanged|
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