I'll store the dahlia tubers for use next year but I want to bid them a fond farewell for the season. Despite the hot, dry winds that blew all last week, Dahlia 'Punkin Spice' manged to produce another bumper crop of flowers. As the foliage I used in last week's vase was still in good shape, I've reused it for my first vase this week, simply refreshing the floral elements.
|'Punkin Spice' was the best performer among this year's dahlia crop in my cutting garden|
|Last week's vase containing these dahlias had landed on my dining table so I'd planned to move this week's version to the front entry but, as the back view looks so good, I had to give it a position where it can be viewed from all sides|
|This view from the top highlights the variations in the dahlias' petal color|
The berry and wine-colored zinnias were also still blooming well, even if the foliage looks horrible, so I cut most of those for a second vase.
|In retrospect, these flowers might have looked better in a vase that allowed a looser arrangement|
|The back view shows off the Leptospermum flowers that began blooming in earnest again this past week|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Zinnia elegans, Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey', Gomphreana decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy', Pentas 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom' and Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl'|
The bush violets (Barleria obtusa) began blooming last week so I decided to make use of them and my beloved Plectranthus 'Zulu Wonder' before their relatively short bloom periods are over.
|I had a few more lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) make an appearance following our recent rainstorm|
|The bush violets drop continuously but luckily those in bud continue to open|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Barleria obtusa, 4 varieties of Eustoma grandiflorum (the darkest one is 'Black Pearl' but I don't have cultivar IDs for the others), Symphyotrichum chilense, and, in the center, Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Wonder'|
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to find other IAVOM arrangements created from materials on hand. Have a colorful week!
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