The impetus for the first vase was a plant that's relatively new to my garden: Gomphrena 'Pinball Snow-tip Lavender'. Gomphrena takes the heat and isn't a water guzzler so, when I saw this one, I broke my rule against planting in summer (again).
|Front view: The scent here was provided by a noID rose, which may or may not be 'Angel Face', but smells very much as I remember that rose smelled|
|Back view: You knew the pink Eustoma grandiflorum would turn up somewhere, didn't you?|
|Top view, highlighting the hard-to-photograph Gomphrena|
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: Gomphrena 'Pinball Snow-tip Lavender', Abelia x grandiflora, Eustoma grandiflorum, Origaninum 'Monterey Bay', Polygala myrtifolia 'Mariposa', the noID rose, and Stachys hybrid 'Lilac Falls'|
The second plant I fixated on was Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid', which recently produced a flush of new flowers. The flowers are a magnet for bees and I had to shake the stems before bringing them in to the house to prevent the bees from coming in with me.
|Front view: An ensemble cast of flowers with no obvious lead player|
|Back view: Lonicera japonica, inherited with the house, provides the scent here|
The flowers of the Callistemon are on the peachy side of pink, which made finding suitable companions more of a challenge. The yellow undertones of the Callistemon made the pink Eustoma look dingy so I chose other flowers in shades of coral and yellow.
The new arrangements displaced last week's creations.
|The first arrangement sits in the front entry|
|The second sits on the dining room table|
For more vases, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
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