I dug up all but one of my dahlias last week. I'd hoped to have a few flowers of Dahlia 'Punkin Spice' to use as a nod to Halloween this week but the blooms dried out under the steady blast of last week's winds so I drew on other plants for this week's vases. I used the plastic-covered top of the island in our still unfinished kitchen to take photos once again. The natural light was good even under cloudy skies.
|Back view: I added the chartreuse foliage of Coleonema and Duranta to lift the color scheme a bit. Only afterwards did I realize that the color picked up the tones in the leaves of the Amaranthus (shown in the prior photo's front view).|
Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy' has proven surprisingly resilient in my cutting garden but I haven't used it in vases often since I planted it from plugs as I've been hard-pressed to find new companions to set off its strong colors.
|The back view looks much like the front|
|Clockwise from the top: Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy', Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum', and Tagetes lemmonii|
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