The biggest issue in the garden at the moment is the blanket of pink fuzz from the mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) which covers a large area of the back garden. This tree, inherited with the garden, is a major mess-maker, especially in the summer when it's in full bloom as it is now.
|The tree sits just beyond the edge of the back patio, stretching its branches in all directions. It flowered lightly during the height of our drought but it's over-achieving this year and the floral free-fall is continuous.|
I'll save the specifics of my complaints about the mimosa for another post at another time. On Sunday, I decided to try making lemonade out of lemons and cut a few small branches from the Albizia to use in an arrangement, along with a host of other pink blooms that recently made an appearance.
|This mason jar contains the pink ensemble I collected on my pass through the garden. The fuzzy pink blooms on the right are those cut from the mimosa tree.|
I soon became frustrated with the Albizia flowers, as they dropped all over my kitchen and stuck to my clothing. In the end, I omitted them from my arrangement. I had plenty of better-behaved plant material to use.
|This is the completed arrangement, sans the annoying Albizia blossoms|
|Top view, showing off the free noID lily I planted 5 years ago. It's not flashy and it has no scent but it's returned every year while other lilies disappear after one or two years in the ground here.|
I cleaned up a couple of small stems of the Albizia and plopped them in a tiny vase on the kitchen counter. I vowed that as soon as the flowers started to drop, I'll toss the lot.
|They were jettisoned by dinner time|
There were plenty of other flowers begging to be cut. I forced myself to stop after creating two more vases. Here's the first:
|A simple arrangement consisting of shades of yellow, silver and white with another returning Lisianthus front and center|
|And Shasta daisies adding interest in the rear|
|Top view, highlighting the silvery cones of Leucadendron 'Pisa'|
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: pale yellow Eustoma grandiflorum, Abelia 'Hopley's Variegated', Leucadendron 'Pisa', Leucanthemum x superbum, and Tanacetum niveum|
And here's the last vase:
|This one features a deep blue Lisianthus as well as a white variety showing just the faintest touch of lavender|
|Back view, featuring Cupid's Dart|
|Clockwise from the left: blue Eustoma grandiflorum, a white form, Catananche caerulea, Duranta 'Sapphire Showers', and Vitex trifolia|
Hopefully, I'll have more Lisianthus to share in future weeks. I planted plugs of a variety said to produce flowers that are nearly black, as well as a white variety edged in blue. Neither has bloomed yet.
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