I don't know if you've wondered what in heck happened to the blooms of my Eustoma grandiflorum
(commonly known as Lisianthus), but I have. However, looking back into my photographic record from last year, I found that I featured these flowers in vases for the first time in mid-June
almost exactly one year ago. So, it appears they're not actually late at all (even if they did bloom earlier in 2015). I've just been impatient. And I'm still impatient, as there was only one bud in full bloom on Sunday. Under most circumstances, I'd have waited until there were more flowers before cutting any but we're in the middle of an extended heatwave and I'm going to be out of town from mid-week through the weekend so I thought I might as well enjoy the bloom while I can. My husband is assigned to water the garden should the heat start to shrivel everything in my absence but, if the heat is severe, that may be of little help.
Despite my focus on the Eustoma
, my first vase is an ensemble cast.
|The white Eustoma flower is surrounded by both new blooms, like the ornamental oregano, and others on the wane, like the Arthropodium|
|Back view, highlighting foxglove stems that have hung on longer than I expected, especially given the rise in temperature|
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: Eustoma grandiflorum, Arthropodium cirratum, Ocimum 'African Blue Basil', Digitalis purpurea, Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick', Origanum 'Monterey Bay', and Tanacetum nivium|
As I wandered through my garden in search of flowers, I passed the artichoke plant on the back slope. I'd no idea what to do with the 2 long-stemmed chokes left on the plant but they were already too old to make good eating so I went ahead and cut them for a second vase. I cut some Centranthus ruber
as well while I was down there but didn't like the combination of the 2 elements so took a different tack when I assembled the arrangement.
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: 2 artichokes, Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', Artemisia ludoviciana, and Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey'|
The unused Centranthus
flowers went into a tiny vase with one of the Zinnias
just now coming into bloom.
|The tiny vase sits at the kitchen sink but was impossible to photograph there due to window glare|
The larger vases took their usual places in the front entry and on the dining table.
Although, there were signs that the first vase might need to be moved to a safer location when it garnered unwanted attention.
|Maybe Pipig is jealous of Lisianthus?|
But Pipig was soon diverted. A foolhardy lizard ventured into her screened porch. She brought it through the cat door into the house, prompting an on-and-off again effort on the part of all members of the household to recapture it after she dropped it - twice. My husband and I moved various pieces of furniture and tried to motivate the lizard to leave the sanctuary it eventually found behind the bookcase bolted to the living room wall. Meanwhile, Pipig lost interest and gave up the chase.
|She looks annoyed, doesn't she? Whether that's because she blames us for taking away her catch, or because we didn't appreciate her gift, is hard to say.|
I kept up reconnaissance efforts while she took a nap.
|Pipig displays her signature signal that she's done with exercise for the time being|
The lizard eventually turned up in the kitchen. After a few more failed attempts to trap it, including one that involved moving the refrigerator, it was safely captured and released back into the great outdoors (while the cat continued to sleep).
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