Monday, May 30, 2016

In a Vase on Monday: Coral Color

My May favorites post focused on the coral and red colors in one of by backyard beds and I found I couldn't shake my preoccupation with that color palette when it came time to select plants for this week's vase.  I had friends over for lunch on Saturday so my vase was prepared Friday night and photographed Saturday morning this week so it'd be in position to greet my visitors when they arrived.

Front view

Back view

Top view


I didn't actually use any of the plants featured in my May favorites post.  There's plenty of material in the same color range scattered through other areas of the garden.  Here's a closer look at the individual elements:

Clockwise from the upper left: Grevillea 'Superb' (framed by Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'), Achillea 'Moonshine', Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Bignonia capreolata, Euphorbia 'Dean's Hybrid', and Tanacetum niveum


And here's the finished product stationed opposite the front door:



For more flower and foliage creations, constructed from materials at the fingertips of participating gardeners, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the host of "In a Vase on Monday."  For those of you in the US, best wishes for a wonderful holiday and the unofficial start of summer.


All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

28 comments:

  1. Once again a fabulous vase that makes a big statement especially with the Bignonia capreolata....great colors too that say, it's summer!

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    1. From a temperature perspective, it feels more like spring - we've had a remarkably cool and comfortable May - but the flowers aren't waiting for the heat to crank up. I'm hoping that our "May gray" transitions to "June gloom" and the intense heat holds off until July but that may be a pipe dream.

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  2. Beautifffulll, love the colors. I really must find a Grevillea!

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    1. I've fallen head over heels in love with Grevilleas. Just in the past 5 years, I've accumulated at least 8 different varieties. I don't think I can even count the total number of plants off the top of my head.

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  3. Coral is a favorite color of mine too, and so of course I just love your vase this week!

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  4. Oh what a fabulous welcome for your visitors Kris. I've not heard of that particular euphorbia. It looks subtle but is still striking. Off to find out more about it.

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    1. Euphorbia 'Dean's Hybrid' isn't even all that common here, Anna, but it's become one of my favorites. It moves around a bit but it's not as pushy as some Euphorbias, at least not here.

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  5. Corals are always a great choice Kris. That Bignonia capreolata is just amazing and the view from overhead is just wow!

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    1. I never know how those overhead shots are going to turn out. There are cabinets in the kitchen above where I take most of my photos and I just lift the camera as high as I can and click. I liked this one too.

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  6. Another good one. I like how the Bignonia hangs down so the shape is clearly visible.

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    1. The Bignonia is very photogenic. I inherited this one with the garden (after vowing I'd never plant another of them based on my experience trying to keep one at our former house under control). I saw a nice, well-managed specimen at the Huntington so I know it's possible to keep it under control.

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  7. Well done, Kris! Thrilling coral color.

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  8. Coral is such a beautiful colour and your vase is reflecting it so well!

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  9. A lovely welcome for your guests; I hope you had a lovely time with them. I love the Bignonia capreolata, it makes a great statement in the vase.

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    1. I had a wonderful visit with my guests. I always take them on a forced march to view the garden - I'm not sure they appreciate the garden or gardening as I do but they make the appropriate noises!

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  10. That grevillea is really special. Must check its hardiness...

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    1. If you don't get too cold in winter in your area of Spain, Grevilleas might work for you. Many, if not most, originate from Australia.

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  11. You always manage such complementary colours and material, Kris - the photo from above and the montage confirm this. Thnaks for sharing

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    1. Although it's not always a conscious choice, I do seem to lean toward complementary rather than contrasting color combinations, don't I?

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  12. Stunning! Love the abelia and the euphorbia in the arrangement. You really pulled together a lovely combo of colors.

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    1. This Euphorbia ('Dean's Hybrid') worked better in an arrangement than the last one I tried ('Black Pearl'), Diana. Less sap seepage!

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  13. Very pretty colours this week. I feel I am learning a new language when I see the names of some of your flowers that are unknown to me... Bignonia capreolata is a great name and a beautiful flower! And yet the familiar Achillea is also in there. Lovely Kris. :)

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    1. Thankfully, some plants (like the Achillea) are resilient enough to work anywhere. The Bignonia is a bit of a thug but it came with the house.

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  14. Beautiful and oh my goodness -that Bignonia is divine.

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  15. Beautiful and oh my goodness -that Bignonia is divine.

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