|Last year, I used stems of this Leucadendron to simulate tulips. This year, the flower-like bracts had already lost their tulip-like shape by the time I noticed them, presumably in response to our unseasonably warm temperatures.|
|The same noID Narcissus I paired with the Leucadendron last year also made an appearance this week|
|The feathery foliage and dainty flowers of Euryops virgineus provided the perfect filler|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Leucadendron 'Safari Goldstrike', Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope', noID small-cupped Narcissus, Euryops virgineus 'Tali', and Prunus laurocerasus|
After a week of warmer-than-average weather, the Leucadendron wasn't the only plant putting on a show. After weeks of flaunting promising buds, Echium handiense 'Pride of Fuerteventura' finally flowered, seemingly overnight.
|The stem of pink Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) was a last minute addition to the arrangement. I have some misgivings about including it as it competes with other elements in the vase I find more interesting.|
|I used stems of Ceanothus arboreus 'Cliff Schmidt' to dress up the back of the arrangement. After nearly 5 years on my back slope, this plant is finally assuming tree-like proportions.|
|Top view: I added the pink flowers of Grevillea sericea to play off the pink color of the Echium's buds|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Echium handiense 'Pride of Fuerteventura', Ceanothus arboreus 'Cliff Schmidt', Eustoma grandiflorum, Grevillea sericea, and Westringia 'Morning Light'|
While the vase I created using Camellia 'Taylor's Perfection' last week fell apart within 2 days, the vase featuring Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder' is still going strong.
|Over the course of last week, the cones at the center of the Leucadendron's bracts turned brown, echoing the color of the Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' foliage. I think I like it better now than I did last week.|
The two new vases took pride of place in the front entry and on the dining table.
For more IAVOM creations, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other gardeners have put together this week.
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