When I stepped into the garden on Sunday morning, I really had no idea what I could put in a vase this week that I hadn't already used recently. I made an entire circuit of my garden ruling out possibilities until I saw the white snapdragons in my cutting garden. They'd been beaten down by rain on Saturday (one-third of an inch) and their stems were lying on their sides as if to say "save me" so I cut them. That started me on a roll collecting bits of this and that in white and blue.
|Anemone 'Lord Lieutenant', also in my cutting garden, had one small bloom and another bud just opening|
|Back view: the Osteospermums have responded quickly to the shift back to cooler temperatures and sea lavender (Limonium perezii) is beginning its annual flush|
|The top view highlights the bloom of a noID tazetta Narcissus that was supposed to be Narcissus 'Geranium'|
As I was assembling my varied collection for that vase, I suddenly remembered that I'd seen buds on a bearded Iris by my shade house the week before. I'd planted all blue and white varieties in that area - or so I'd thought. The Iris in question was indeed blooming but it wasn't blue or white. I cut it anyway and then did another round of the garden looking for suitable companions for it. I checked my records, which showed no Iris in a mauve and burgundy color, leading me to conclude that the rhizome I planted had been mislabeled.
|I played off the yellow beard of the Iris and the flower's petal colors in selecting the plants to accompany it in a vase|
|Back view: as usual, Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy' came in handy|
Buds are forming throughout my garden. I could swear that the Freesias next to my backyard fountain covered themselves in buds in response to Saturday's rain. More rain is expected this week and I hope I'll be tripping over new blooms in the weeks to come. Spring does come early in coastal Southern California!
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