Monday, September 4, 2017

In a Vase on Monday...Globba winitii and friends

Similar to the "1-plant per" pots arranged on my patio, maybe a floral arrangement doesn't have to be multiple stems in a vase, but rather multiple vases with a single stem per?

This collection was inspired by the gift of one outrageous stem — Globba winitii — which came from Bruce Wakefield, one of the gardeners behind Old Germantown Gardens. Bruce brought a little "show and tell" bouquet to the last Hardy Plant Society of Oregon board meeting and then offered up the stems to anyone who wanted to take them home. I may have been a little overly enthusiastic in pushing everyone else aside and grabbing the Globba for myself...

The mantle has such a busy background, I decided to take this one into my "photography studio" so you could admire the detail...

Here's the description from Brian's Botanicals: "Globba winitii (Dancing Ladies) is delicate ginger that grows 1 to 2 feet tall with pretty green foliage. The flowers are unique with hanging white/ pink brackets with yellow flowers that stick out from the brackets making a beautiful flower display. An easily grown species which does well in part shade to filtered light. This ginger is hardy to zone 7a and possibly hardier if mulched or protected. Foliage: Green thin foliage Flowers: Flowers are yellow with pink to white brackets pendent hanging. Height: 1 to 2 feet." Hmmm...that hardiness rating us much more generous than what Bruce shared (he keeps it in a container and it goes dormant in the greenhouse over the winter) and than what I read elsewhere on the interwebs. Heck it certainly looks rather tropical...

So back on the mantle, I decided to cut other flowers of similar color...

Yellow belongs to my Abutilon Nuabyell (aka Abutilon hybrida Lucky Lantern).

In my fancy new vase from Schoolhouse Electric (aka the husband's employer, we had a gift certificate, and get a discount 😉).

The only vibrant pink I had to cut was a stem from the Bougainvillea.

The pinks look a little off in the photos, but practically the same in real life.

I really wanted to include my cut Hedychium 'Tara' stem in the grouping...

But it faded too fast (these photos taken earlier and posted on Instagram, then borrowed back for posting here)...

It's still hanging around though, it smells so good I have to get every last bit out of it.

Of course there are Zinnias somewhere in the house (the dining table to be exact). The Fatshedera foliage from a few weeks back (here) was still looking so good I couldn't just toss it.

So out to the "cutting garden" (a stock tank in the driveway) to grab a few Zinnia to keep the leaves company.

These just may root, you can't keep a good ivy relative down.

So what's in your vase this week? Cathy wants to know...

Weather Diary, Sept 3: Hi 95, Low 63/ Precip 0

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17 comments:

  1. Globba winitii is fabulous! I'm glad you pushed everyone else aside so we all could have a look at this unusual bloom. That grouping works really well together and your Hedychium 'Tara' is impressive!

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    1. You have Hedychium in your garden, don't you?

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  2. I had never seen Globba winitii before, it looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. My first thought was, "It's a globba what, now?" But when I saw it the memory banks clicked on. I'll take any rooted 'Annemieke' cuttings you don't want!

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  4. I would have been right there alongside you elbowing you out of the prize. Such an exotic bloom and well named. The Monday you don't show up with an exotic bloom will be a sad day for us all.

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    1. Surely my Zinnia don't could as exotic?

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  5. That Globba bloom is incredible and I think grabbing it to ensure that it receives its due in admiration was entirely appropriate. As to the Fatshedera, I may just have to add that it the ever-lengthening list of plants for my lath house, if/when that materializes.

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    1. And the Fatshedera won't just be to grow in your lath-house, it can grow on it!

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  6. Weird wonderful flower, that Globba.

    I really like the Schoolhouse Electric Vase, too. It's contemporary with an aura of Craftsman. Very cool.

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    1. Glad you appreciate the vase. I liked it right away but had to talk myself into spending the $ (gift cert, but still). I'm the one usually buying these things at a thrift shop!

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  7. Gorgeous flower and I love the color combo. No vase for me this week but I was thinking about doing a one stem per vase concept as well! Instead I just gardened.

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    1. Nothing wrong with that. I'm longing for a day in the garden, once the smoke and ash clears.

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  8. Beautiful collection! I've grown a number of Globbas outdoors here in Houston, but they tend to fade away each year until they disappear. Not sure why. Probably a combination of soil conditions and too many furnace days each summer. They love it a bit cooler than 95! The one you have is absolutely gorgeous!!! David/

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    1. Bummer, but I bet they're gorgeous while they last.

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  9. Globba winitii is gorgeous. I'm wondering if it would work as a houseplant? Your combo here is beautiful, esp.nice abutilon!

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