|I used a stem of Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill' to dress up the back of the vase along with cream and pale yellow zinnias|
Blue and purple flowers have been in short supply in my garden for a few weeks now so I was happy to see that Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Wonder' has produced its first flowers right on schedule. This is one of my favorite plants and one of the few I brought with me as cuttings from my former garden when we moved 7+ years ago.
|In addition to producing graceful lavender flowers, Plectranthus 'Zulu Wonder' has lovely quilted leaves with burgundy undersides, although as I didn't bait for snails and slugs when I should have, the foliage is a bit war-torn this season|
|Back view: cooler temperatures have prompted some of the Osteospermums to bloom too|
|Top view showing off the single stem of a white Japanese anemone I found blooming in the back garden and a stem of white lisianthus blooms touched with lavender|
I wasn't planning 3 vases this week but Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Wine', grown from seed, demanded attention so I cut several stems.
|The zinnia's color doesn't show up on camera the same way as it does to my eye. It's a delicious merlot color.|
|I recycled some of the Alternanthera I used last week for this vase|
|The vase is the vintage piece I picked up at a second-hand store last year featuring a woman's clasped hands. The zinnias are almost a perfect match for her painted fingernails, which you can see best in this side view.|
|Clockwise from the left: thickly petaled Zinnia elegans 'Benary's Giant Wine', Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', Alternanthera dentata 'Little Ruby', and Plectranthus scutellarioides 'Chili Pepper' (aka coleus)|
For more "In a Vase on Monday" creations, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other contributors have assembled this week.
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