|Although planted from a 3-gallon pot, the shrub is still only 2 feet tall. At maturity, it should reach 12 feet (or even taller) and offer many more blooms!|
There are lots of unopened buds on the Metrosideros so I went ahead and cut 2 stems with flowers as the starting points for this week's first vase. There was no problem finding companions for those flowers, although I admit I went more than a little matchy-matchy.
|I had in mind to add white or pink flowers with a coral bent to the arrangement but gave up those ideas when I realized I couldn't stuff anything more into the vase|
|Back view: There are actually 2 Grevillea cultivars in this arrangement but my photos don't emphasize their tonal differences|
I didn't give much thought to my second vase at all, other than thinking it would be nice to use some of the lavender colored blooms in my garden. After clipping a little of this and a little of that and dropping it all into the water-filled jar I carried with me, I was so disillusioned about my ability to turn the contents into something that I seriously considered dropping everything in the compost bin and starting all over with Camellias. But, as I still feel contrite about every flower I remove from the garden, I couldn't bring myself to do that.
|In the end, I was glad I persevered as the arrangement turned out better than I'd expected|
|Back view, highlighting Hypoestes aristata (aka ribbon bush), Polygala myrtifolia (aka sweet pea bush), and the Pyrethropsis hosmariense (aka Moroccan daisy)|
The vases found their places in the usual spots.
I retained one of last week's vases, albeit with some edits.
Visit Cathy, our "In a Vase on Monday" host at Rambling in the Garden, to find more vases.
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