|The Lisianthus flower buds look greener than the fully opened blooms|
|The back view flaunts the foliage elements|
I considered a number of possible companions for the pale blooms of the green Lisianthus but, to avoid eclipsing their delicate color, I stuck mainly to plants with equally soft colors.
Thrilled as I am with the green Lisianthus, the fuzzy Featherhead and the 'Blonde Ambition' ornamental grass may steal the show. I've coveted the latter since I saw it at Tongva Park in Santa Monica back in 2013. (Click here if you'd like to view my post on Tongva Park, which was designed by James Corner, the landscape architect responsible for the High Line in New York City.) For unknown reasons, the plants haven't been available locally but I recently obtained 5 from a mail order nursery. (Once again I broke my own rule against planting during the summer months - but the plants were on sale and they're drought tolerant!).
I still have some pink Eustoma grandiflorum so of course I again have a second vase containing that flower. The blooms are gradually fading and they don't last as long in the vase as they did when the stems were fresher but even I'm surprised at the value I've gotten from these plants. The double pink-flowered Lisianthus may well be the Energizer Bunny of summer blooms. Maybe it's no coincidence they're both pink.
|A very similar back view, highlighting the fuzzy beauty of the ornamental grass's purple tassels|
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: Eustoma grandiflorum ('Echo Pink' cultivar I think), Coprosma 'Plum Hussey', burgundy Pelargonium peltatum, dark pink Pelargonium, Pennisetum 'Fireworks', and dry seedpods of Phlomis fruticosa|
Last week's vases met a premature end. No, Pipig played no role in their demise (this time). Our air conditioning system conked out. The earliest date we could get a repairman in was Wednesday of this week so, despite slightly cooler temperatures, we steam-cooked inside over the next few days as the humidity rose. (Southern California's heat has traditionally been called a "dry heat" but it's seemed a lot less dry this year.) While we waited out the arrival of the repairman, my husband rush-ordered an inexpensive replacement part on the chance that it'd do the trick. The great news is that it did so the AC is back on and we hope to string our system out through the remainder of the summer, planning to replace it in the fall when the prices of AC units should fall to more palatable levels. Hopefully, with cooler indoor temperatures, this week's vases will last a bit longer than the last ones.
|The first arrangement sits on the dining room table|
|The second arrangement sits in the front entry|
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, our "IaVoM" host, to see what she and other gardeners are featuring in their vases this week.
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