|View from our back patio looking northeast. The Port is disturbingly quiet at the moment as the volume of transport ships has dropped dramatically over the past few weeks.|
The sunny scene inspired the contents for my first vase.
|and Pericallis, Salvia, lavender and Aristea inaequalis, a South African Iris relative, for the back|
|Top view: Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) and Freesias provided the yellow notes and marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens) provided fresh white|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Argyranthemum frutescens, Aristea inaequalis, Freesia, Lavandula multifida, Pericallis, Phlomis fruticosa, Salvia 'Mystic Spires' and, in the middle, Scilla peruviana|
My second vase is very different in terms of color and contains a mix I'm fairly certain I've used before; however, it shares a connection to the first arrangement in that both vases provide examples of nyctinasty. Nyctinasty describes the natural phenomenon which causes leaves and/or flowers of certain plants to close in response to diminished light levels. Interesting as that is, it's a bit irritating when it comes to creating flower arrangements. I usually avoid using flowers with this characteristic but I'd utterly forgotten that the South African Iris relative, Aristea inaequalis, did that when I cut two stems for my first vase. I remembered it when I found myself struggling to find open flowers to photograph. In the case of the second vase, it wasn't the flowers that presented an issue but rather the foliage.
|The new red-tinged foliage of the pink powder puff bush (Calliandra haematocephala) folds when the light level is reduced, although the flowers and mature foliage are unaffected|
|The powder puff flowers don't last long in a vase. I included a few flowers still tightly in bud to help dress up the back of the vase.|
|From left to right: Calliandra haematocephala, Freesia, and Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola'|
Finally, as I've grown accustomed to eating breakfast with flowers on the kitchen island, I cut a few florets from the florescent yellow bloom stalks of the succulent Aeonium arboreum to fill a small cactus-shaped vase. Much as I love flowers, I'm not particularly fond of these flower stalks, which give the succulents a misshapen appearance. In February, I had a dozen or more of them and, as new ones continue to appear, I've started cutting the older, scruffier stalks down so I decided to use a few of the florets before they all end up in our green waste bin.
|Aeonium arboreum bloom stalk in garden and individual florets in the cactus vase|
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