Tidying up the garden for a tour group coming through later this week, I was left with trimmings too good to just throw in the yard waste bin. For example these Eryngium agavifolium blooms were practically shouting to go into the cactus vase.
The taller stems got stuck in a vase in the "media room" (aka the extra bedroom with no bed, but instead a TV, stereo and computer) along with cuttings from the Leptospermum lanigerum.
The wall color is all wrong in these photos (low light in this room) and thus everything looks a little wonky.
But you can still appreciate the form.
I don't think I've ever really noticed how fabulously pronounced the paper "collar" — under the thimble-like bloom — is on the Eryngium.
Nor how red some of the Leptospermum stems are.
This random — stick it in a vase — type arrangement is what I regularly do, week in and week out. Rather than the more considered arrangements I sometimes share. They both make me happy...
This stem, a pink blooming Nicotiana — rather than the promised (purchased) 'Hot Chocolate' — had to be cut right away, lest it offend my eyes. In a vase it's appreciated.
Finally this little arrangement was a hostess gift for a friend who opened her garden. The gift was really the vintage vase, but the Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' was a sweet (and easy) filler.
The ruffled edge is a favorite detail.
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for links to all the bloggers sharing their vase-worthy garden cuttings.
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