cut flowers dutch iris and narcissus

In a Vase on Monday – a sad week

C’s Dad passed away this week, having fought cancer bravely and gained a hard won year. For him, the end was a blessing I think as he was in a lot of pain yet struggled with the effect of the painkillers on his ability to communicate.
I know this doesn’t really belong in this meme – however growing and gathering and photographing flowers is my main creative expression at the moment so… all things come into it.
cut flowers iris and kniphofia and honeywort
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Bee loved Red Hot Pokers

The Red Hot Pokers are flowering (Kniphofia ‘Winter Cheer’) and this reminds me that last year I assumed that bees didn’t like them, because I hadn’t noticed any bees when I looked at the flowers. Others quickly mentioned that theirs were covered with bees. Sure enough, as the flowers start to go over the bees come in. It’s just a case of timing.

bee in kniphofia flower

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vase of flowers beach in background

In a Vase on Monday – Sunset on a Short Day

Not long to go now till the shortest day, when the sun will start moving back along the horizon toward Summer. Flowers from the orange garden and buds of Rose ‘Crepuscule’ (‘sunset’) reflect the sunset colours.

rose crepuscule bud with other flowers

Purple Verbena and Penstemon,  Geranium ‘Roxanne’, and Erysimum Bowle’s Mauve’ bring in the purples.

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dutch-iris-and california-poppy-cut flowers

In a Vase on Monday – Sun and Moon

The full moon rose as orange and round as one of these calendulas last night, although I was thinking of sunshine as I picked them and the California Poppies at the end of the day. California Poppies, Calendula, Cynoglossum, and Dill sow themselves around the garden if they can find a nice place. I sometimes take them for granted, but I’m very grateful for them.

tulips-scilla-natalensis-cut-flowers

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In a Vase on Monday – Kniphofia

I love the citrus colours of Kniphofia, especially the tall yellow ones, but all of them really. The spiky leaves in the vase are New Zealand flax,  a ‘black’ and a purple version of Phormium tenax. I picked them thinking that the purple would set off the yellow, but I see that the thin line of orange along the edge works with the orange as well.

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