Today is Memorial Day in the US. Officially, it's a day to recognize the people who gave their lives in military service. Unofficially, it marks the start of summer. In Southern California gardens, flowering Agapanthus are another sign of summer so it seemed appropriate to use them in an arrangement this week.
|Along with the blue and white Agapanthus, Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) seems to be taking off at last|
|Back view: I used the last of the larkspur (Consolida ajacis) and the sweet peas from my cutting garden to fill out the arrangement|
|Clockwise from the upper left: noID Agapanthus, Eustoma grandiflorum, Consolida ajacis, and Lathyrus odoratus|
I cleared out large sections of the raised planters in my cutting garden late last week. Taking out the sweet pea vines revealed three stems of gladiolas, which provided the contents for my second arrangement.
|I thought I'd removed all gladiola bulbs from my raised planters last fall but apparently I missed a few|
|Back view: I made use of the various pink Alstroemeria varieties as flesh out the arrangement|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Alstroemeria 'Inca Vienna', Argyranthemum frutescens, White Butterfly', noID Gladiolus, and Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata'|
Flags are at half-staff today across the US in observance of Memorial Day. They were at half-staff at all federal buildings last week from Tuesday through Saturday to acknowledge yet another massacre of innocent children by a gunman. A cloud is hanging over our country. Meanwhile, the US Congress is on a weeklong break associated with the Memorial Day holiday and some members of the Senate are probably hoping the American public has a very short attention span.
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