Monday, November 14, 2016

In a Vase on Monday: A blast of color

I've been running on empty this past week and had an outing planned with a friend on Sunday but I didn't want to break my streak of "IaVoM" posts so I got moving early Sunday morning and, in a short flurry of activity, threw together the ingredients of a colorful bouquet.  I was literally clicking photos as my friend arrived.

Front view (I didn't bother with a rear view this week)

Top view

Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Grevillea 'Ned Kelly', Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun', Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder', Papaver nudicaule, Salvia elegans (aka pineapple sage), and Tagetes lemmonii


The pineapple sage doesn't show well in today's vase as the 2 plants in my cutting garden are still relatively small and the flower stems are accordingly short.  To give you a better idea of just how beautiful this plant can be, here are photos taken at the garden center where I purchased my plants:



Lest you wonder, Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus) is still blooming in my garden on a small scale.  The wind or a critter had broken a stem and, rather than leaving the flowers hanging, I clipped it as well.



The small vase sits at my desk.  The larger vase sits in the front entry.



The succulent-topped pumpkin I featured 2 weeks ago is back on the dining room table.  I don't dare leave it outside as the squirrels find pumpkins too tempting.

When my friend and I left the house Sunday morning, this pumpkin, then up by the front door in a pot, showed signs of nibbling.  When we returned several hours later, it was but an empty shell.

I moved the tunneled carcass of the pumpkin to the backyard as I did last year when this happened.  Maybe I'll get another photo like this one, snapped in 2015:



Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to find what she and others have used in their vases this week.


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

22 comments:

  1. Great shot of squirrel in the pumpkin and humorous with the statue of the cat looking elsewhere! I love poppies and grevillea - great autumn colors!

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    1. Maybe the cat statue is more intimidating this year, Eliza - the squirrels surprised me by failing to return to finish off this year's pumpkin shell today.

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  2. Your 2015 shot is great! And definitely a heatwave sort of vase rather than a winding-down one! The photo grid really highlights its bright colours. Thanks for sharing, Kris

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    1. Well, without a hint of frost, gardening can be a 365-day per year exercise here, although it remains to be seen how long we can keep up the pace without rain.

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  3. A lovely arrangement. What beautiful colours. You are lucky to have gorgeous blooms to pick all year round. I love the squirrel in a pumpkin shot.

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    1. That was a good catch last year. I took the photo from my home office to avoid scaring the squirrel off. I put this year's pumpkin in the same spot but Mr. Squirrel has thus far failed to make a return visit to polish off the shell.

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  4. Ah those squirrels! Have to keep a sense of humor but it can ben hard as they're so destructive. Anyway your Monday vases are lovely. The first one looks very autumnal.

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  5. What a great squirrel picture! Your vase is lovely - nice to see poppies, and the Grevillea is as lovely as ever. :)

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  6. The squirrel in the pumpkin is so funny; a really great shot. I love that you have such bright flowers at this time of year. Your vases are always so joyful and bright just what is needed at this terrible moment in world history. I hope you had fun with your friend.

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    1. Although our outing was garden-related, my friend and I mostly talked about the election and its repercussions so it was a more somber than fun afternoon. Many of us are struggling with how to respond to current circumstances.

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  7. That is great! and a blast of color. The pumpkin in my compost heap was completely demolished shortly after it landed there- squirrels. I have the Tropical Red Sage that is native here, same stem thing!

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    1. Last year, the squirrels polished off the pumpkin before Halloween. This year I tucked it into a pot and they left it alone for a bit longer but I knew what would happen in the end.

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  8. Cheeky squirrel! Lovely fresh arrangements.

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    1. My investment in squirrel proof/resistant bird feeders has cut off the squirrels prior food sources so they're down to stealing unripe guavas and trashing pumpkins.

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  9. I'd be interested to know how long the pineapple sage holds up in the vase for you I rarely use any of my Salvias in arrangements because it seems like the flowers drop off.

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    1. I've never grown this particular Salvia before so it's a learning experience for me, Kathy. The Salvia flowers were admittedly fairly fragile to handle in preparing the vase.

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  10. This weeks vase is a beauty! So colorful and cheerful, thank you for lifting my spirits.

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    1. Sometimes it's key to focus on the beauty of little things and shut out the world, if only temporarily.

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