Dahlia 'Akita' produced one dramatic bloom this week, which I found I couldn't ignore even though it was already past its peak. My challenge was to put a different spin on the arrangement so it didn't look like a replay of the one I created two weeks ago.
|Once again, 'Akita's' bloom was easily 8 inches in diameter. The creamy notes at the flower's center were more noticeable in this bloom than those I used in my earlier arrangement.|
|Back view: I played off the cream colors in the dahlia bloom, using Grevillea 'Superb' and zinnias in the 'Queen Lime' series as accents|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope', Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset', Dahlia 'Akita', Zinnia elegans 'Queen Lime Blush' and 'Queen Lime Orange', and Grevillea 'Superb'|
Several of my seed-sown sunflowers finally bloomed last week so I cut two stems, combining them with the native aster that's slowly burning out in my back garden.
|I sowed a few varieties of sunflowers in plantable pots in early June and planted the viable seedlings out in late June. Those in the well-watered cutting garden did fairly well but those in my south side border all died of thirst.|
|Back view, dressed up with a few strawflowers|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', Symphyotrichum chilense 'Purple Haze', Xerochrysum bracteatum, and Zinnia 'Profusion Yellow'|
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