The second of two weekend storms crept through Sunday morning, finishing up before noon here. I strolled the garden and decided that it's time to cut back the massive gold Duranta erecta in the front garden. I clipped a few stems as the starting point for this week's "In a Vase on Monday."
|Sold as Duranta erecta 'Gold Mound', which is described as a shrub 2 feet tall and wide, this nearly 6 foot specimen was clearly mislabeled|
I wasn't sure what to pair with the acid yellow foliage of the Duranta and clipped a number of plants before settling on a direction.
|Front view: In retrospect, I probably should have clipped the Phylica in front a little shorter and let the Duranta in the back stand taller|
The extra stems I clipped on my first round through the garden went into a second vase. I pulled the vase out of the back of my cupboard, where it had been all but forgotten. I bought it on-line earlier this year or maybe last year, thinking it would work well for succulent arrangements, but I don't think I've used it for those or anything yet.
|The vase has an angular geometric shape and a pale green matte finish|
It was just the right size to contain the cuttings I had left.
|Front view of the leftovers|
|Back view featuring the graceful foliage of the dwarf peppermint willow|
|From left to right, the vase contains: Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey', and the berries of Heteromeles arbutifolia (aka Toyon and California Holly)|
The sun came out in the afternoon. The vases found their spots. And, in the hour before dusk, the clouds moved and revealed snow in the mountains. All in all, it was a great weekend.
|The air was scrubbed clean by the rain and the wind|
|The first vase sits on the dining room table and the second in the entryway|
|And snow was visible on the mountains to the east|
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