I've always had trouble growing snapdragons, which is sad because I love the flowers. But our morning marine layer; the fact that most, if not all, of the rain we get comes in winter when the plants are commonly offered by local garden centers; and the frequency with which moisture-laden mornings are followed by stretches of warm, dry days creates an incubator for rust. Within a couple of weeks of planting the plugs or four-inch pots I buy, their foliage is covered in rust and I end up pulling them up. The one upside of the exceptionally dry winter we've had is that my snapdragons look great. I've used snapdragons in both arrangements I created this week.
|While snapdragons set the course for this week's floral parade, it can be argued that Leucospermum 'Brandi' stole the show|
|Back view: The Freesias are fading fast as our daytime temperature climbed to 87F (30C) yesterday so I threw in some of those too|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Freesia, Lotus berthelotii 'Amazon Sunset', orange Anthirrhinum majus, and Leucospermum 'Brandi'|
I used two colors of snapdragons in the second arrangement.
|Once again, although the snapdragons dictated the color palette, another flower, this time an Anemone, grabbed center stage. The Anemone coronaria 'Bi-color' may not be the one I ordered but in this case I'm not unhappy with the substitution.|
|Top row: Anemone coronaria 'Bi-color' and Helleborus 'Anna's Red'|
Middle row: red and white Antirrhinum majus
Bottom row: Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', white Freesia, and Coleonema 'Album'
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