But back to flowers! A few weeks ago, Cathy, our "In a Vase on Monday" host at Rambling in the Garden, featured a vase mixing blue and orange flowers. I tend to stick with analogous or harmonious colors rather than complementary colors when composing floral arrangements but, after seeing Cathy's arrangement, I decided it was time for me to mix things up. There are some strong oranges and blues in my garden at the moment so the time was right.
|I've also had to change things up when it comes to photographing my vases while living in only half a house. This week I experimented by shooting pictures in both our temporary kitchen and a vacant corner of my office, recently cleared for work that will affect the wall adjoining the kitchen. The pictures of this vase were taken in the latter spot with the help of a board pulled from the garage.|
|I wasn't sure about mixing Agapanthus and Leonotis leonurus (aka lion's tail) but I was surprised at how much I like the combination|
|Top view: The woolly Leonotis flower looks a little like an orange tarantula spider but it doesn't bite|
|Clockwise from the upper left: noID Agapanthus, Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', noID Lavandula angustifolia, Leonotis leonurus, and Cuphea 'Vermillionaire'|
I fell back on my usual formula for my second vase. I've been eagerly waiting for more of my Dahlias to bloom but, while there are fat buds developing on a few more plants, 'Enchantress' and 'Labyrinth' are still the only two cultivars blooming at the moment. Both are pumping out flowers like there's no tomorrow. Maybe the earthquakes shook them up too!
|The bees are preoccupied with 'Enchantress' so I left left those alone this week|
|'Labyrinth' was slower to flower but it's working hard to pass up 'Enchantress' as top bloomer|
|These photos were taken in our temporary kitchen, attached to the north end of the house adjacent to our master bathroom|
|Top view: My husband outfitted the temporary kitchen using shelving and drawers from our old kitchen|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Dahlia 'Labyrinth', Abelia 'Kaleidoscope', Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Grevillea 'Superb', and Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream'|
For more Monday vases, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
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