The larkspur (Consolida ajacis) that only recently started blooming was uppermost among the plants I was concerned with, as they'd already taken a hit in late April when our temperatures suddenly soared into the upper 80s, reaching 95F at one point. The fact that the grayish-purple larkspur complemented the bearded Iris that had just started blooming down at the bottom of my back slope was pure serendipity.
|Unlike the dwarf bearded Iris I featured earlier this spring, this one grows very tall so I couldn't miss it when I made a brief trip to the bottom of the slope on Saturday. I think it's an old-fashioned variety but I've no idea of its name.|
|I used a few stems of Abelia to dress up the base of the arrangement and stems of an ornamental grass as a filler|
|Clockwise from the upper left: noID Iris germanica, Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', Consolida ajacis 'Earl Grey' and noID white form, and Lagurus ovatus (aka bunny tails grass)|
The second vase features larkspur in a different color and a few Dutch Iris that recently made a late appearance in my front garden.
|Dutch Iris 'Silvery Beauty' grows in a semi-shaded area of the garden and has never bloomed as early or as vigorously as those grown in full sun|
|I used a narrow-necked vase given to me by a friend last Christmas and dressed up the back of the vase with the first globe daisies (Globularia x indubia) to bloom this season|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Iris hollandica 'Silvery Beauty', Consolida ajacis 'Summer Skies Mix', Globularia x indubia, Achillea 'Moonshine' (shown with Anagallis monelli), Prunus caroliniana, and Trichostema 'Midnight Magic'|
I hadn't expected to create a third vase but I decided the pink Alstroemeria in a sunny section of the garden might also benefit from seeking cover in the house. I selected an odd little vase I think I've used only once before to hold those flowers and their companions.
|A close-up of the vase, which has a random assortment of irregularly shaped holes on top to hold flowers in place|
|I added an assortment of pink and while flowers to complement the Alstroemeria|
|Clockwise from the upper left: noID pink Alstroemeria, Argyranthemum frutescens 'Everest', Pelargonium 'Lady Plymouth', Orlaya grandiflora, and Osteospermum 'Berry White'|
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