My first vase was inspired by a flush of flowers on Osteospermum '4D Silver'. The Osteospermum is reportedly an improvement on O. '3D Silver'. The newer hybrid ostensibly has the advantage of blooms that remain open in low light. I've never cut Osteospermum for vases because the blooms usually close in the dimmer light indoors.
|Front view, highlighting the navy blue and white flowers of Osteospermum '4D Silver'|
|Back view, highlighting Hebe 'Purple Shamrock', blooming for the first time|
|Top view, showing off white and blue forms of Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus)|
|The contents of the vase are shown in close-up here, clockwise from the left: Eustoma grandiflorum, Hebe 'Purple Shamrock', Osteospermum '4D Silver', and the silvery dried seedpods of Catananche caerulea|
My second vase celebrates a new flush of bloom on my 'Medallion' rose. I had very few blooms on my roses this year so a dozen blooms opening almost all at once on this shrub was hard to miss. The blooms were huge but the stems were weak and most of the flowers drooped. I cut 2 of the most recent flowers, one still in bud, and selected other flowers to help prop up the blooms in my vase.
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: Rosa 'Medallion', Abelia 'Kaleidoscope', Jacobaea maritima, Lantana camara 'Irene', Leucadendron salignum 'Chief', Tanacetum parthenium, and Zinnia|
The first vase sits in my home office. The second sits in the front entry. Last week's vase, still in good shape, retains its place on the dining room table.
|Last night, the Osteospermum flowers remained open when the sun went down|
|And the rose cut in bud is showing some signs of opening this morning|
Visit Cathy, the host of "IaVoM," at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other participants have come up with to put in their vases this week.
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