|After reviewing some examples of ikebana arrangements on-line (and becoming seriously intimidated), I decided to keep my first try very simple|
Because I had no idea what I was going to use in the ikebana arrangement, I cut a lot of different plants on spec as I wandered my garden. Of course, that left me with plenty of material to use in other arrangements. The pink Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus) in the backyard border has produced huge sprays of flowers on the year-old plants. They're so heavy, they're falling over so thinning them out is almost essential.
|I used just one stem of Eustoma and the vase my husband bought me for my birthday in May|
|In addition to the double-flowered pink Eustoma (top), I reused the Abelia x grandiflora stems (bottom, left) cut for one of last week's vases and Origanum 'Monterey Bay' (bottom, right)|
For some reason, the pink Eustoma in my garden are much more vigorous than any of those in other colors I've grown. Perhaps it's as simple as the sun exposure in the location I selected for the pink varieties last year is optimal for their development. In any case, I've been disappointed that the beautiful 'Borealis Blue' I grew in prior years hasn't come back. This spring, I planted a mix of yellow, green and blue flowering plants I purchased by mail order but those plants haven't attained the vigor of those planted in prior years, at least not as yet. Although I submitted my order in December, I didn't receive the plants until early April and, still small when our nasty June heatwave struck, relatively few have bloomed. The biggest disappointment is that I'm unable to distinguish the plants that the grower claimed would bloom with green flowers from those that were to bloom with yellow flowers.
|I believe that the pale Eustoma (Lisianthus) blooms shown here include both those the grower labeled as green and yellow|
|Back view showing a few of the flowers sprouting from the red stems of Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' this summer|
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: yellow and "green" Eustoma grandiflorum, Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' (grown from seed), Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', Leucadendron 'Pisa', and Origanum 'Norton Gold'|
As usual, I scattered the arrangements around the house.
|The ikebana-style arrangement sits on an end table in the living room|
|The rose-like pink Eustoma arrangement sits on the dining room table|
|And the yellow arrangement sits in the front entry|
Pipig was unimpressed by my efforts.
|But then she generally ignores the flowers unless she thinks they're getting attention that should rightfully be directed to her|
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other gardeners have put together this week.
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