|Although not actually black, 'Black Pearl' is a very deep purple. The grower showed it in combination with chartreuse flowers, which possibly would have given it more life than the mix I chose.|
|Back view: Once again, I got a little carried away stuffing the vase with flowers|
The palette for my second vase was set by the foliage of Leucadendron 'Chief'. One of 'Chief's' branches was obscuring the smaller Leucadendron 'Ebony' next to it and, after cutting it off, I decided I should make use of it. As a transition from spring to summer blooms is underway, the pink snapdragons in the cutting garden joined the Leucadendon in my bucket. After weeks of the moist air associated with our "May Gray" marine layer, rust is developing on all the snapdragons, the rest of which I expect I'll pull soon.
|I added white Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) and yellow yarrow (Achillea 'Moonshine') in an effort to prevent the vase from becoming too sugary sweet|
|I dressed up the back view with a few stems of Heuchera maxima, a California native|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Achillea 'Moonshine', Antirrhinum majus, Leucanthemum x superbum, Leucadendron salignum 'Chief', and Heuchera maxima|
Like the snapdragons, my sweet peas are suffering the side effects of prolonged exposure to damp air, showing the first signs of powdery mildew. The plants got off to a very slow start as something, I suspect the bunnies that now pay me regular visits, repeatedly chewed the seedlings down to the ground. As a result, I made little use of them in arrangements this spring and, now that their decline is imminent, I felt compelled to cut a small posy for my desk.
|Most of the seed sown sweet peas were part of a mix but I used a few special named varieties|
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to find more Monday vases.
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