I did a lot of aimless wandering in my garden Sunday morning, undecided about what to cut to put into a vase this week. Somewhat to my own surprise (if not perhaps those of you who are regular visitors), I ended up with three very different arrangements.
The first features a bloom of what I bought as a Dahlia 'Penhill Dark Monarch' tuber, which it almost certainly is not. 'Dark Monarch' is supposed to be a mix of deep pink and plum with a hint of cream (as you can see here). Instead, my flower is very red, with a base color similar to that of the Dahlia 'Akita' I featured last week but with a very different form. It doesn't bear a resemblance to any of the dahlias I ordered as tubers.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Dahlia that isn't 'Penhill Dark Monarch', Zinnia 'Queen Red Lime', Daucus carota 'Dara', Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', and Penstemon mexicali 'Mini Red Bells'|
My native aster is in full flower, although many of the flower stalks are scorched. I'm itching to start digging it up, which is going to be a massive task as its rhizomes have spread through a large portion of one border; however, I won't start that until cooler temperatures are in the long-term forecast. In the meantime, I expect I'll be using the presentable stems a few more times if I can manage not to repeat myself too often.
|This is a larger scale version of a mix I've used in a small vase for our kitchen island. It features the rose-like flowers of Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisanthus), which are waning now.|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', lavender and white Eustoma grandiflorum, and Symphyotrichum chilense 'Purple Haze'|
I currently have a plethora of Zinnia 'Queen Lime Orange' flowers in my cutting garden. I cut cut them to encourage the stems to branch, accenting them with some of the old standbys from elsewhere in the garden.
|A few stems of Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' provided the perfect accent for the colors in the Zinnia|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope', Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream', and Zinnia 'Queen Lime Orange'|
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