|Leucadendron 'Pisa' after I lightened its load|
The cutting garden took a beating during our last heatwave and I've since pulled all but 2 of the sunflowers and a good many zinnias but there are still some dahlias producing new, if smaller, blooms. Once again, Dahlia 'Loverboy' was the most prolific bloomer.
|I added the foliage of Alternanthera 'Little Ruby' to pick up the purplish color at 'Loverboy's' center but there's not enough contrast to create the desired effect|
|I threw in a few pink zinnias but they're over-shadowed by the red dahlia blooms too|
|As 'Loverboy's' blooms age, the petals develop tinges of pink|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Dahlia 'Loverboy', Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Alternanthera 'Little Ruby', Leucadendron 'Pisa', Pseuderanthemum 'Texas Tri-star', and Zinnia elegans|
The Eustoma grandiflorum 'Rosanne Black Pearl' (Lisianthus) I tried this year has been disappointing but, for the first time, I had enough blooms to use it as a focal point in an arrangement so I let those flowers set the color scheme for a second vase.
|'Rosanne Black Pearl' isn't so much black as eggplant purple and the flowers are smaller than those of the other Eustoma grandiflorum I've been growing|
|I made a last minute change in the vase just before shooting these photos, swapping a ceramic base for this visually lighter glass one|
Sunday's thunderstorm was a no-show, at least here, although we did get winds gusts of 20mph in the evening hours so I'm glad I got the Leucadendron trimmed despite an unexpectedly hot (91F) afternoon. I can't complain, though - my weather wasn't punishing like that faced by residents of Florida and the Southeastern Seaboard. My thoughts are with all of you touched by Hurricane Irma, as well as the survivors and families of victims of the 9/11 attacks 16 years ago today.
For more Monday vases, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the gracious host of "In a Vase on Monday."
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