Monday, August 22, 2016

In a Vase on Monday: Front or back?

Lately, it seems that many of my vases look markedly different from front and back.  This week I had a particularly hard time saying which should be which.  Vase #1 features both blue and white Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus), each of which present a very different face to the viewer.

Should this be the front?

Or should this?

Top view

Clockwise from the upper left, this arrangement includes: blue Eustoma grandiflorum, white Eustoma, asparagus fern in bloom, Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick', Nierembergia caerulea, and Salvia chamaedryoides 'Marine Blue' (Duranta erecta 'Sapphire Showers' is also included but not highlighted)


As hard as it was to select the front and back of vase #1, selecting any one side of vase #2 presented still more of a challenge.

This is the same vase, rotated a quarter of a turn for each view

Top view

Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: 'California Dreamin' rose, noID white rose, Abelia 'Confetti', Lantana camara 'Irene', Pentas 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom', and a mix of Zinnias


The first vase sits in the dining room, where it can easily be viewed from 2 sides.

Although easy to view from both sides, it's not at all easy to photograph from both angles due to the glare from the backyard


And the second vase sits in the front entry.

I gave the 'California Dreamin' rose and the Zinnias the front position but I can spin it around if I get bored with that (or, more likely, as flowers die off)


Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other gardeners have found for their vases this week.


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

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful no matter what side one views them! I really enjoy your choice of color combinations, Kris. So lovely!

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  2. Very nice and viewable from all sides, no worries about front or back. Want some Lisianthus really badly now.

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  3. Both are gorgeous! I am glad you put them where they can be viewed from multiple angles. With such pretty colors one would think your garden is at the peak of spring!

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  4. Beautiful from all sides, all of them!

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  5. Amazing how different a vase can feel depending on where you view it.

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  6. They are all so pretty. That lisianthus is ever accommodating for you.

    You could try having the arrangements in front of a mirror - than you have two for the price of one :-)

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  7. You are indeed the creater of the multi-personality bouquets! Your kitchen table solution is a good one.

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  8. Kris, these are wonderful from all directions. The blue Eustoma is so rich in color and form--really wish I could grow it. 'California Dreamin' is pretty too.

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  9. SO pretty. From all directions. Thanks for sharing

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  10. I'm certainly glad I don't have to choose between the two -- or even between front and back! They're beautiful all round! I notice the lantana again ;-) And I love the assortment of textures in both vases.

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  11. It has been almost 50 years, but I can still recite the first sentence of the weather forecast that appeared each day in the Los Angeles Times for months on end, seemingly without them ever having to change the type from one day to the next: 'Low clouds and early morning fog along the coast, clearing by mid-day....' Re: the library books -- Is your husband a very conscientious good citizen type or a cheapskate who hates having to pay library fines? ;-)

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    1. Ha! He's a little of both I think - and, as a scientist, prone to thinking things through in minute detail.

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  12. Gorgeous displays again this week Kris! Those coral pink shades are so very pretty and the white Eustoma makes a beautiful statement in the first vase too. I have never seen that fern flower in our climate - what a revelation! I have one as an annual this summer and I shall bring it indoors in the autumn and see what happens!

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    1. I discovered that the asparagus fern blooms can be very messy, Cathy. Using the blooms in an outdoor setting is probably the ticket.

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