|My Freesias are fading fast and, as the yellow variety provides a perfect complement to the Iris, I wanted to take advantage of this window when both are in bloom|
|The small yellow flowers at the back of the arrangement are Ranunculus californicus, our state's native buttercup|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Iris x hollandica, Freesia, Lavandula stoechas, L. multifida, and Ranunculus californicus|
My second arrangement involved the sacrifice of an even more precious bloom, the first fully open flower of Leucospermum 'Brandi'. Last year, the first time it bloomed since I planted it in March 2016, I got only four or five flowers in total. This year it's produced one and a half dozen large buds so far with signs of secondary buds still forming.
|I admit I still shuddered a little when I cut the Leucospermum bloom. It's so heavy I was forced to add chicken wire to the inside of the teapot to hold its stem upright.|
|Lotus berthelottii 'Amazon Sunset' and Ranunculus put on their own show in the back view. Like the Dutch Iris, the Ranunculus in the cutting garden have popped into bloom in the last week.|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Lotus berthelotti 'Amazon Sunset' and 'Gold Flash', Helichrysum petiolare 'Licorice Splash', Narcissus 'Geranium', Ranunculus, Narcissus 'Katie Heath' and, in the middle, Leucospermum 'Brandi'|
For more Monday vases, visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
|My vases in their places|
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