I hadn't intended to go overboard on floral arrangements again this week but I started clearing out my cutting garden and, rather than dispatching with some perfectly presentable dahlias and zinnias, I cut a lot of them. When I was done with that, I gathered other materials from the larger garden to serve as fillers and I ended up with this:
My process of composing an arrangement is usually very different. I pick a bloom as my inspiration and wander the garden to search of suitable companions so, when I bring in a jar of plant materials into the kitchen, all that's left to do is to choose a vase and arrange the contents. This time, I had a hodge-podge of loosely-connected materials to pull together into something, or rather several somethings.
Vase #1 was inspired by two 'Belle of Barmera' Dahlia blooms and a couple of late blooming roses.
|This dahlia bloom and the 'Medallion' roses won't hold up long but they were too pretty to ignore|
Vase #2 is a rehash of one of last week's arrangements.
|There were more blooms on Dahlia 'Gitts Crazy' this week, although once again I had to sacrifice well-developed buds to get stems long enough to work in a vase|
|Back view, showing off more 'Queen Lime Blush' Zinnias and the first flowers of Senna bicapsularis, another of my favorite fall bloomers|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Dahlia 'Gitts Crazy', D. 'Labyrinth', noID Lonicera, Senna bicapsularis, and Zinnia elegans 'Queen Lime Blush'. (Agonis flexuosa 'Nana' was included in this arrangement too.)|
|The vase itself is different but the contents are the same as last week's arrangement, albeit with somewhat different proportions|
|Back view: The bush violet shrubs are now densely covered in flowers|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Barleria obtusa (aka bush violet), Dahlia 'Iceberg', Eustoma grandiflorum, and Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata'|
|Shown here clockwise from the top left are: front and overhead views of the arrangement, noID pinkish-purple rose, Zinnia elegans 'Benary's Giant 'Lilac' and 'Benary's Giant Wine', and Agonis flexuosa 'Nana'|
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