Vase #1 was arranged around the foxgloves that finally bloomed in my cutting garden. I grew these plants from plugs, not from seed, but for a while I thought they weren't going to do much of anything. On Friday, I also feared that weeks of high winds, followed by a spike in our daytime temperatures and a sharp drop in our humidity levels, was going to put a premature end to the sweet peas I'd earmarked to accent the foxgloves. However, a 10 degree drop in our temperature and a substantial increase in humidity gave the sweet peas a reprieve on Sunday.
|Front view: the mottled white vase, decorated with a ribbon-like painted overlay, was a gift my mother brought me many years ago after a trip to her parents' Finnish homeland|
|Back view, showing off the maroon sweet pea stems and my weed-like Centranthus|
|From left to right, the vase contains: Centranthus ruber (pink and white forms were used), Digitalis purpurea, and Lathyrus odoratus|
Vase #2 was constructed around my white Alstroemeria, which is looking especially pretty right now. I allowed myself 2 last minute additions to the vase in this case.
|Front view: the last minute additions were the rose and the Grevillea stems. I got the rose, a David Austin selection, from my favorite mail order nursery last November and have been growing it in a pot - this is its first bloom. The Grevillea blooms sporadically.|
|The back view is all about the Alstroemeria|
|The top view highlights the flowers of the humble dusty miller plant (Jacobaea maritima)|
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: Alstroemeria 'Claire', Abelia 'Kaleidoscope', Grevillea alpina x rosmarinifolia, Jabobaea maritima, and Rosa 'Golden Celebration'|
On my final round through the garden, I latched eyes on another recent bloomer I want to use in a vase but I stopped myself at 2 this week. Hopefully, the other plant will still be vase-worthy next week. For more vases, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
|My vases in their places|
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