Readers of Peter's blog The Outlaw Gardener may recognize the small white vase below.
Peter shared images of the vase (with accessories) earlier in the month, and announced he'd be giving it away to celebrate the anniversary of his blog. Naturally I entered to win, which I did not, and naturally when I spied the same vase at Powell's last week I bought it. I mean how could I not, it's a barrel cactus!
Looking around the garden for something to put in it I seriously considered one of the many Opuntia blooming right now. But they're so short lived I couldn't bring myself to do it.
Ah, how about this spiky, ghostly, Eryngium maritimum...
And a few Eryngium agavifolium blooms for good measure?
I also cut a couple of the extra lethal E. venustum leaves. Ya, I do love me some Eryngium...
The finished grouping, which is VERY spiky.
As I worked – outside in the driveway – several bees dive-bombed me. It's kind of freaky how much they adore Eryngium flowers.
But then again so do I.
Especially the ones from E. maritimum.
Since the "cactus" vase is rather small I wanted something else to go with it...perhaps a vase filled with white flowers? I walked all around the garden but the only white flowers I could find were tiny and not really suitable for what I wanted to create. Duh.
Really? Could these Yucca flowers be any larger and in my face?
There was a third spike here, growing up and into the Fatsia, you couldn't see it, so it's the one I chopped to fill the vase.
There are also a few Eryngium agavifolium leaves (the wide serrated ones), and blooms and leaves from the E. venustum. My attempt at a little continuity between the two.
The final grouping, outside in good light...
And inside where they'll live.
After finishing and walking over to sit on the couch I realized how perfectly the colors went with the chair upholstery. Maybe I'm going to have to use that yellow vase more often!
As always "In a Vase on Monday" is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Visit her blog for links to all the other bloggers putting together a vase with cuttings from their garden.
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