The perennial lupine is pretty but it isn't nearly as flashy - or as blue - as I'd expected it to be when I selected it from a mail order nursery. However, it is vigorous. Its branches stretch a good 6 feet wide already and it's only been in the ground for 5 months. Cutting it back for use in this week's vase could be considered an act of self-defense on my part. In a vase, though, its pale colors are almost upstaged by its companions.
As usual, I picked some flowers that didn't make it into the main event. These ended up in a small vase. Even though small, I like the way these "leftovers" came together.
|The burgundy color in the Pelargonium echos the color of the rose|
|In addition to Pelargonium 'Oldbury Duet' (left) and Rosa 'Ebb Tide' (right), this vase contains stems of Pelargonium hybrid 'White Lady' and Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink'|
Last week's vase didn't hold up well. My beautiful 'Medallion' roses withered within 2 days. I'm not sure why they fared so poorly, especially the one cut in bud, except that it was unusually warm that week and I cut the stems near mid-day. I cut 3 more 'Medallion' roses late last week when rain caused their heads to droop. The heavy blooms still hang their pretty heads but the flowers have fared better than the two I cut for the last "IAVOM" post. The cooler weather was more hospitable for the roses, even if the storms brought us very little rain.
|Two rainstorms brought us only 0.17 inches of rain in total over a 4-day period. These clouds, photographed on Sunday morning from our backyard, brought us nothing at all but at least some areas to the east benefited.|
The roses sit in the front entry.
|Maybe I should try wiring their stems to hold up their heavy heads?|
The vase containing the lupine cuttings got pride of place on the dining room table.
And the small vase sits on my desk.
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others have assembled to fill their vases this week.
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