The original inspiration for vase #1 was Grevillea rosmarinifolia, which I'd planned to pair with the first Alstroemeria bloom I'd noticed earlier in the week. But the Alstroemeria was past its prime and I lost my intended focal point.
|Back view: I picked a paler pink Lisianthus to dress up the other side of the vase and used Narcissus to echo the yellow tones in the Leucadendron|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Eustoma grandiflorum (aka Lisianthus), Coleonema pulchelum 'Sunset Gold', noID Narcissus, Grevillea rosmariniflia, Leucadendron salignum 'Chief', and Penstemon mexicali 'Mini Red Bells'|
Vase #2 was going to be constructed using the white snapdragons in my cutting garden which, despite my best efforts, are once again covered in rust and are therefore living on borrowed time. Without a lot of thought I picked a nearby foxglove stem to go with the snaps but, to steal a phrase from Marie Kondo, the pairing didn't "spark joy." I gravitated away from white toward purple flowers but didn't find a focus until I cut some multi-colored Violas.
|The purple, white and orange Violas led me to add the orange berries and Grevillea flowers to the mix|
|Back view: The purple Sweet Pea Bush (Polygala fruticosa) flowers look better in person than they do in these photos, where they appear more pink than purple|
|Clockwise from the upper left: noID Viola, berries of Auranticarpa rhombifolium, Campanula poscharskyana, Grevillea 'Superb', Digitalis purpurea, and Polygala fruticosa (shown with Gomphena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy')|
The leftover snapdragons went into vase #3, along with a few other things I picked to tie them together with the yellow flowers I'd picked during my first pass through the garden.
|The florescent yellow weed, Oxalis stricta, picked up the bright yellow touches in the white snapdragons|
|Back view: I used 2 species of yellow-flowered Euryops here as well and added a couple of blue notes to the mix|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Oxalis stricta, Antirrhinum majus, Salvia 'Mystic Spires', Rosmarinus 'Gold Dust', Euryops chrysanthemoides, and E. virgineus|
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