At this time of year, with new flowers appearing every time I turn around, it isn't easy to hone in on choices for inclusion in a vase. I generally pick one thing to serve as a centerpiece and then wander my garden without any larger plan in mind in search of suitable companions. This week, I started by clipping the stem of the last of the three Hippeastrum 'Aphrodite' I planted as bulbs in November. Wind has been a persistent companion in my garden for weeks now and it prematurely withered the blooms of my second 'Aphrodite' and I didn't want to see the third plant experience the same fate.
|In contrast with the other two 'Aphrodite' stems this one was surprisingly short|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Anemone 'Mistral Rosa Chiaro', Arbutus 'Marina', Hippeastrum 'Aphrodite', Sparaxis tricolor, and Tulipa 'Lady Jane'|
The soft tones of Leucospermum 'Spider Hybrid' have been calling me for a couple of weeks now and I couldn't stop myself from cutting the one flower in full bloom; however, to avoid cutting off other buds, the stem ended up shorter than I'd have liked, just like the Hippeastrum in the first arrangement.
|I stuck with a soft peachy-orange palette to complement the Leucospermum|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Grevillea alpina x rosmarinifolia, Leucospermum 'Spider Hybrid', Narcissus 'Geranium', N. 'Sunny Girlfriend', and Sparaxis tricolor|
I had leftovers from one of last week's arrangements, as well as a fistful of Leucadendron stems I'd held onto after pruning those shrubs last week, which I used for two other simple vases.
The other two vases took pride of place on the dining room table and the front entry table respectively.
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