I was prepared to create 3 vases but as usual one thing led to another when I set out looking for flowers and foliage to cut and I spent time pulling weeds and cutting plants back. By the time I finished, it was too hot to spend much more time outside so I settled for 2 vases. The first features Senna bicapsularis, also known as Winter or Christmas Senna. As it always blooms in October here, neither of those common names is meaningful to me, but I expect it must bloom in winter in the northern areas of South America, from which it hails.
|I hadn't any idea what to use to accent the Senna but luckily Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' offered some fresh blooms|
|Back view, showing Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder' and Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'|
|Clockwise from the upper left are: Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream', Abelia 'Kaleidoscope', Coprosma 'Evening Glow', Senna bicapsularis 'Worley's Butter Cream', unripe berries of a noID Cotoneaster, and Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder'|
I created a second vase featuring Barleria obtusa, the bush violet I used last week. This week I paired it with late blooming stems of Eustoma grandiflorum 'Black Pearl'. The latter is prettier than I gave it credit for earlier but not nearly as robust as the other Lisianthus cultivars I've grown. Of the 24 plugs I planted in spring, only about half a dozen produced flowers and many of the plugs simply withered and died.
|This photo shows how much smaller the flowers of the purplish-black Lisianthus are in comparison to the larger white cultivar|
|I used Artemisia ludoviciana, a self-planted weed, to add light to the back of the vase|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Barleria obtusa, Artemisia ludoviciana, Erigeron glacus 'Wayne Roderick', 2 cultivars of Eustoma grandiflorum, Hypoestes aristata (aka ribbon bush), and Leucanthemum x superbum|
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