|The poppies are already blooming well above my head. I knew the plant could spread but I wasn't aware it' could grow 8-10 feet tall.|
|I've got plenty of white and yellow elements in the garden to accent the crinkled white petals and yellow centers of the poppies|
|I threw in a couple of the unusual flowers of Sideritis cypria for added drama (and because they'd toppled over into a pathway)|
An unexpected bloom in my back border provided the impetus for a second vase. I'd almost entirely forgotten about the dozen dwarf Gladioli bulbs I planted there over a year ago. One lone bulb produced a flower this year and the color wasn't at all what I'd expected. While pretty on its own, it looked terrible among the surrounding plants so I cut it and went looking for suitable companions. This year, I've become more confident about my ability to find appropriate color matches somewhere within my garden but this flower's wild colors presented an exceptional challenge.
|According to my records, the Gladiola's flowers were supposed to be white and pink. The coral, pink and magenta flowers were a surprise.|
|Once I'd assembled my odd mix of flowers, only this vase created in the form of manicured hands seemed right to hold them|
|Clockwise from the top: Gladiolus nanus 'Nymph', Rose 'Pink Meidiland', Pelargonium peltatum, and Dorycnium hirsutum|
As you may have noticed, our kitchen (where I take most of my photos) remains intact. We're still awaiting the sign-off from the Air Quality Management District required by our city to issue our construction permit and, even after we have that, it may take 2 weeks before the asbestos removal crew is available to start. Meanwhile, a huge storage pod is sitting in our driveway waiting to be loaded with our living and dining room furniture. But at least I still have spots to put flowers!
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