|This is what I saw when I looked at the harbor from our back door on Saturday morning|
For my vases this week, I focused on plants I'm afraid may throw in the towel early in response to the heat. The backbone of my first vase, stems of Leucadendron 'Pisa', is a tough plant but the other two ingredients may be more sensitive to temperature extremes.
|Alstroemeria 'Claire' took a starring role, backed up by the luminescent Leucadendron with its silver cones|
|Back view: I filled in with Nigella 'Transformer', which just began blooming late last week|
|Clockwise from the top: Alstroemeria 'Claire', Leucadendron 'Pisa', and Nigella orientalis 'Transformer'|
I set myself a challenge with my second vase when I cut several stems of Salvia lanceolata, a South African native. The colors in the Salvia's flowers is what presented the challenge.
|The flowers combine colors I can only describe as a mix of yellowish-green and peachy-mauve|
Like the Leucadendron, the Salvia can handle heat but foxgloves and Centranthus are less tolerant.
|The peach foxgloves were already singed blown in spots|
|Back view: The Centranthus looks fine at the moment but I'm concerned about the effects of an extended heatwave|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi Verde', noID Alstroemeria, white and pink Centranthus ruber. Pelargonium 'White Lady', Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', Digitalis 'Dalmatian Peach' and, in the center, Salvia lanceolata|
The ingredients in the third arrangement cried out for rescue from the heat. I kicked this arrangement off with the larkspur (Consolida ajacis), which only just began blooming as the heatwave hit. I planted the larkspur from seed in November and was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to bloom.
|The grayish-purple larkspur was a bit disappointing. It's outshone here by the purple foxgloves. Like the peach foxgloves, the sweet peas were singed.|
|As it turned out, I liked this side of the arrangement better|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Digitalis purpurea, Consolida ajacis 'Earl Grey', Orlaya grandiflora, a mix of Lathyrus odoratus, Pelargonium 'Lady Plymouth, and Oxalis triangularis|
So that's this week's collection. This morning, the fog's enveloped the entire house so it may be cooler today; however, we're expecting another temperature spike mid-week. My Anemones and Dutch Iris have already bit the dust but I hope the sweet peas, foxgloves, and Nigella can tough it out awhile. We shall see. For other IAVOM creations, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
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