|The flowers of Coleonema 'Sunset Gold' obscure the 3 pale yellow and reddish-pink tulip blooms on the lower right side of the vase. I probably should have snipped away some of those tiny Coleonema flowers.|
|The Narcissus currently popping up throughout my garden share space with pink and yellow Freesias at the back of the vase|
|Alstromeria dominates the overhead view|
|Clockwise from the upper left: a better view of Tulipa clusiana 'Cynthia', noID Alstroemeria, noID pink and yellow Freesias, Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' (aka breath of heaven), and noID Narcissus|
The Anemones in my cutting garden shifted into high gear as our temperatures climbed into the mid-80sF (29C) during the course of last week. As the flowers opened in larger numbers, green aphids moved in en masse. I cut the open blooms and carefully washed the horrid sap-suckers off each of them before bringing them inside.
|Anemone 'Mistral Azzurro' produces especially tall stems|
|I drew on the violet and blue notes in the beautiful petals of the Anemones when choosing fillers for the back of the vase|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Anemone 'Mistral Azzurro', Echium handiense 'Pride of Fuerteventura', Hebe 'Purple Shamrock', noID white Freesia, Limonium perezii (aka sea lavender), and Polygala fruticosa (aka sweet pea bush)|
The mauve Anemones were affected by the weather just as the blue ones were so I decided they should be cut as well, creating a reason for a third vase (as if I needed a reason).
|I made use of the variegated Hebe in this arrangement as well|
|Like the Anemones, my Pericallis are also under siege by aphids so I cut and cleaned one of those flower stems to dress up the back of this vase|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Anemone 'Mistral Rarity', Lotus jacobaeus, Osteospermum 'Berry White', Hebe 'Purple Shamrock', and hybrid Pericallis (aka florist's cineraria)|
After a week of unseasonably warm temperatures, the weather shifted dramatically on Sunday as a storm front moved into Southern California. After a few hours of morning sunshine, the sky turned gray and stayed that way while we hoped for rain. I went to bed near 11pm, still hoping. While table surfaces and the like were wet this morning, our roof-top weather station recorded no measurable rain. This is the third storm to pass us by but forecasters are holding out yet another chance of rain starting next weekend.
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