This week I had in mind exactly what I wanted to cut for today's vases and I actually stuck to my plan, more or less. The flower-like bracts of the Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' in my back garden was the inspiration for my first vase.
|There are actually two Leucadendron here. The cones and bracts of 'Safari Sunset' on the right are larger than those of 'Devil's Blush' on the left but about the same color.|
|I was happier with this mix of plants when they were in the jar I used while collecting the stems than I am with the finished product shown here. Do you ever have that experience?|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset', Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', Ammi majus 'Dara', Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', shaggy Leucanthemum x superbum, Prunus ilicifolia, and Scabiosa columbaria 'Flutter Rose Pink'|
My blue Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) are full of flowers at the moment but I was challenged to find something different to pair with them until I decided to cut stems of Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink'. I'm not sure I've cut any of the latter this year even though I have ten of these shrubs in full bloom at the moment. Hummingbirds and bees adore these shrubs.
|It's hard to compete with Lisianthus but Monarda 'Peter's Purple' is giving it a good try. This Monarda is the only one I've ever managed to grow in my garden.|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Eustoma grandiflorum, Pandorea jasminoides, Monarda 'Peter's Purple', Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink', and Salvia leucophylla x clevelandii 'Pozo Blue'|
As I had leftover stems, I threw together a third vase, which may be my personal favorite this week. It's not as fussy as the other two arrangements, which makes it perfect for the kitchen island.
|I used the extra stems of Abelia, Ammi majus, and Scabiosa here and tucked a few stems on Origanum 'Monterey Bay' in the back|
The other arrangements took their places on the dining and front entry tables respectively.
For more arrangements created from floral and foliage materials found in the creators' own gardens, visit our IAVOM host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
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