While the Dahlias are still the flashiest flowers I've got on hand at this time of year, the Delphiniums I planted in early spring surprised me by producing a second round of blooms. I steered away from Delphiniums (as opposed to larkspur, Consolida ajacis) for years in the belief that they're impossible to grow here. On a whim, I tried them in my cutting garden last year and they did okay. This year, I put some plugs in my cutting garden and one of my backyard beds. The backyard bed didn't get enough water to keep them happy but they've hung on in the cutting garden; however, I never expected more blooms in August.
|I'm still stuck using our less-than-optimal temporary kitchen to photograph my vases. The way things are proceeding with our remodel, my guess is that'll be true for at least a couple more months.|
|Back view: Along with 2 Delphinium stems, the other main ingredient is the rangy native California aster (Symphyotrichum chilensis)|
|Last year's heavier rain prompted the aster to spread with abandon. I like the flowers but, even with our mild summer weather, the stems burn out and look unattractive if not cut back regularly.|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Delphinium 'Pacific Giant', Abelia grandiflora 'Hopley's Variegated', Aloysia citrodoa (aka lemon verbena), Symphyotrichum chilensis 'Purple Haze', and Pandorea jasminoides|
Of course, I can't ignore the Dahlias while they're still plentiful and, as there are also lots of naked ladies (Amaryllis belladonna) in bloom, pairing them up was a no-brainer.
|I paired Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill' and the Amaryllis 2 weeks ago but changed out the accents and the vase this time for a somewhat different look|
|I selected Caladium 'Tapestry' as the foliage accent this time but the leaves refuse to stand up properly|
|I'd hoped the dark flowers of Cosmos 'Double Cranberry' would cut the sugary sweetness of the arrangement but I think I needed more of them|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Amaryllis belladonna, Caladium 'Tapestry', Cosmos 'Double Cranberry', Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill', and Eustoma grandiflorum (aka lisianthus)|
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