I actually planned my vase this week, but I didn’t follow the plan, and then my next plan didn’t work out. I was going to make a vase with Magnolia grandiflora. The big white blossoms have been catching my attention with their lemony exotic scent as I’ve walked past. And then I discovered that the first of the Acidantheras were flowering. I’ve been waiting for these for ages. AKA Gladiolus callianthus or Gladiolus murialae these are related to Gladiolus but scented and triangular with a dark purple throat.
I also wanted to have some Rudbeckias in the vase, these are new for me and they look so lovely as we come in the gate. So I thought that the beautiful Neomarica caerulia which has been flowering for the last 6 weeks would tie it all together.
This Walking Iris is beautiful but it didn’t last in the vase even long enough to photograph. It could have been my careless treatment, my water bucket was too small and it fell out a few times. In any case I started over and added lots more daisies and some Salvias.
The daisies are Calendula, Coreopsis, Dahlia, Helenium, Osteospermum, and Rudbeckia. The Salvia are the sky blue Salvia uliginosa, and the purple Indigo Spires. There are also some tropical milkweed and Cosmos.
Since I’m picking the Sweet Peas every week I had another little vase of those as well, with the first rose on a plant I grew from a cutting kindly given to me by the owner of a B&B we stayed at a couple years ago.
I remember the Rose are being white because there was a vase of them on the room where we stayed, however the bud was pink. The flower opened a beautiful creamy colour. It’s quite small, maybe 3 inches across at the most.
And then I couldn’t resist the Rose which I think is Deep Secret, and the Otaki Pink, which I mixed with some Achilia ‘The Pearl’, a bit more Salvia uliginosa, a few pieces of a white Hebe, and some Artemisia. I didn’t have the right shape of vase – I will have to look for some taller ones.
We have amazingly had another 2 inches of rain this week, so everything is going mad, including weeds and mosquitos, but it’s fantastic. Over at Rambling in the Garden Cathy and those in the Northern Hemisphere are starting to welcome Spring.