Monday, July 24, 2017

In a Vase on Monday, prunings

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.

Simple...

And perfect.

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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16 comments:

  1. Great group. Nothing like a dramatic flower in a delicate vase for a gift. Despite your remarks about color and low light, I know few people — gardeners or otherwise — whose house and garden are such a seamless aesthetic whole.

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    1. Your comment (re: the aesthetic whole) had me thinking about how my husband integrated his possessions and own style into my very strong aesthetic, poor guy. I wonder if he knew what he was getting into?

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  2. Sweet. The wine bottle in the first picture shows what really helps to get ready for people to visit one's garden. Pruning is nice too. Like you, I have trouble throwing away cuttings from pruning and they usually get stuck in whatever glass or mug is close to the kitchen sink. Even your "stick in a vase" arrangements are stylish.

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    1. Ya, yes indeed. Since my visitors will be here midday I'm gonna have to start early!

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  3. Very stylish, as always. Your garden needed tidying up?

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    1. Ha! Yes. Come on over and I'll put you to work.

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  4. They're all wonderful, Loree. I have to find that Eryngium (not that I've had much luck with them thus far). The gift vase with the Hibiscus is stellar!

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    1. Thanks Kris, the recipient seemed to like it too...

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  5. That eryngium is especially stunning in the 'cactus' vase - and putting things in vass really make you notice little details, like the paper collar you mentioned.As Kris said the vase you are giving away is wonderful, with or without the hibiscus! Hoe your group visit was OK

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    1. Visit on Friday, I think it will be fun!

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  6. Lovely arrangements, all. I want Eryngium, but don't want it to spread everywhere. How much does yours reseed? I have a little white cactus pot/vase, and I have a tillandsia in mine, but you'v'e given me a creative new idea! Happy Monday. http://www.dianasdesignsaustin.com/2017/07/in-a-tiny-vase-on-monday/

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    1. In all the years I've been growing that Eryngium I've only had two babies show up, and that's from almost a dozen plants. It's a good one!

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  7. Very nice, and cool vases, too. Your "media room" made me laugh. Here it is a "man cave" piled with cables, spare computers, extra monitors, computer manuals, surge protectors, technical awards, software company coffee cups, flashing lights, dust, old print outs....

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    1. The man cave around here (aka the artists studio) is in the basement. And is remarkably tidy!

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  8. You make a point that often occurs to me: that we appreciate some of the fine points of a given plant when we bring it indoors for closer inspection.

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