|They stood, side by side, as equal partners|
|Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy', once rumored to have had a relationship with 'Loverboy', was hanging around nearby but keeping her distance|
|With a tight circle around them, they weren't giving any interviews|
|Clockwise from the left, the group included: blue Eustoma grandiflorum, Dahlia 'Loverboy', Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher, Aster x frikartii 'Monch', Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy', Ocimum hybrid 'African Blue Basil', and Prunus laurocerasus|
In other news, there's another Dahlia in town. 'Punkin Spice' made a long-awaited appearance on stage last week. We weren't sure he had any friends in town but he had no trouble assembling a posse. In fact, the crush surrounding him bordered on becoming overwhelming.
|He was mobbed by a variety of bright characters|
|Leonotis Leonurus, used to being in the spotlight, was unexpectedly shoved into the background, almost lost from view|
|An aerial view of the mob scene|
Almost lost among this flurry of news, last week also saw the return of one of the coolest customers around, Celadon Green Eustoma, Blue's cousin. Not seen since last summer, she crept into town for what looks to be a very short stay. She took a tumble soon after her arrival and is keeping a low profile, hanging out with some equally cool friends who don't eclipse her.
|The only unexpected member of the company was the intriguing Lotus jacobaeus|
|This group kept things light|
|But they sparkled|
|Clockwise from the left, the group included: pale green Eustoma grandiflorum, Abelia 'Hopley's Variegated', Catananche caerulea (seedpods), silvery Leucadendron 'Pisa', and exotic Lotus jacobaeus|
Speaking of eclipses*, I hope everyone in the US enjoys today's solar eclipse. Los Angeles will experience only a partial eclipse (0.69 magnitude), peaking at 10:21am. Despite all the hype, we failed to pick up protective eyewear before the shelves were bare so my husband fashioned a pinhole viewer. We're as ready as we can be but don't expect any photos.
For a view of more vases, visit our "In a Vase on Monday" Host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
*Yes, that transition was a stretch.
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