|Grevillea 'Ned Kelly' was subordinated to a supporting role|
|Even Leucadendron 'Chief', used as a foliage filler, seems to overshadow 'Ned Kelly' in this rear view|
|Top view highlighting the coral Zinnias|
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: Grevillea 'Ned Kelly', Leucadendron salignum 'Chief', Tanacetum pathenium, and several varieties of Zinnia elegans|
As I've been spending lots of time in the garden on new projects, I'd intended to stop at just one vase this week but I couldn't bring myself to leave the front entry table unadorned. I immediately thought of the Oncidium orchid I recently found blooming in a shady corner of my garden. A brief stop at my local botanic garden's orchid show and sale on Saturday had finally provided me with a name for the cultivar, Oncidium 'Wildcat' (although an on-line search suggests a more complicated lineage). I cut one stem and began hunting for suitable companions.
|As you can see, Dahlia 'Loverboy' managed to insinuate itself in yet another arrangement. While all the other Dahlias are either bloom-less or looking shabby, 'Loverboy' continues to produce one perfect bloom after another.|
|The rear view shows off the flower-like bracts of Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'|
|I'd intended to give the orchid star billing but, looking at it from above, it's hard to claim that the orchid outshines either 'Loverboy' or 'Safari Sunset'|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Dahlia 'Loverboy'; Oncidium 'Wildcat'; Leucadenron salignum 'Chief'; Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'; berries of a noID, self-planted Cotoneaster; and Alternanthera 'Little Ruby'|
The color palette used for this week's vases, like our cooler weather, has a distinctly autumnal feel. As fall officially arrives on Friday, perhaps that's appropriate.
It'll be interesting to see if other "In a Vase on Monday" participants are also feeling the seasonal shift. Visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, to see.
All material © 2012-2017 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party