|As usual, I stuffed my vase|
|The Ranunculus in my cutting garden are fading fast now due to warm temperatures and dry winds|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Ageratum corymbosum, Coleonema album, Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl', Lavandula stoechas, Freesia, Ranunculus, Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly' and, in the middle, Osteospermum '4D Violet Ice'|
I put together a second vase this week specifically as a personal challenge, using Salvia africana lutea as my inspiration. I've never had any idea what to combine with its flowers, which have an unusual shape and color. It's been in my garden for 3 years now and, while it's far from reaching its mature size, this year it's produced numerous flowers.
|The flower color is variously described as clay, brick, or rusty orange|
I surprised myself (again) by finding more than enough flowers and foliage to accent the Salvia.
|This vase was a Christmas gift from my brother and his thoughtful girlfriend. It bears some resemblance to my cat, Pipig, who was described by the rescue organization I adopted her from as a "Torbie" or tortoisehell-tabby.|
|I used the orange/salmon Ranunculus to complement the color of the Salvia and to repeat the orange color in the vase|
|I'm a little shocked that I cut one of the first blooms on my Leucospermum 'Spider Hybrid' but it did play off the color of the Salvia surprisingly well|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Correa 'Wyn's Wonder', Leucospermum 'Spider Hybrid', Lotus berthelotii 'Gold Flash', Narcissus 'British Gamble', N. 'Geranium', Ranunculus and, in the middle, Salvia africana lutea|
It's probably entirely a coincidence but Pipig showed up as soon as I put the vase down on a side table in the living room.
|Admittedly, Pipig (her name is Swedish for "Squeaky"), periodically checks out my vases but it's not a regular practice and it's been many months since she's shown any interest in them|
|She settled on the arm of the sofa, keeping her eye on the vase|
I'm still feeling a bit guilty about cutting the Leucospermum bloom for this vase but the flowers have a long vase-life so I expect I'll be able to enjoy it for awhile.
For more Monday vases, visit our IAVOM guru, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
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