Unlike those who are lucky enough to have acreage and can devote parts of the yard for a cutting garden and can plant to their heart's content, the rest of us who love to have cut flowers all year round, but have limited land, it is important that the cut flowers we grow double as landscaping plants. Part of the reason the yard to vase series was started last year was to let us share what plants that are suitable for cut flowers look like in a garden environment and thereby can see the big picture. Photos of plants in catalogs can be misleading if you only get a close-up of the blossoms and not of the whole plant. The flowers can look deceptively large, but then you find out it is really small in relation to the leaves. Or the plant can be a ground-hugger and totally not suitable for cutting. For me, the smell of freesias is a sure sign that spring is here. So, I am starting off this spring series with one of my favorite garden and cut flowers.
And here it is in a vase. I used to have a lot of red freesias too, but they slowly died out and all I have left are the yellow ones (they are the most prolific) and the pink ones. I have some white freesias in my white planter garden (Terri - did you see my explanation on that in the old thread?) but they are not very robust. You do have to be careful with the different varieties of freesias - some are very wimpy and do not have very strong stems and are not very tall.
What a fabulous display of Freesia's you have in the garden. Love the bright colours!
The vase arrangement is lovely, they must smell wonderful in your house. Thanks for the new Spring thread.
I saw the explanation of your white planter, LOL!
I have Ribes, flowering currant. This is a cutting I put in the ground, from the mother plant 2 years ago.
I had a huge plant, but my neighbour removed a tree the other side of the fence and damaged the roots , it died shortly afterwards. I had already cut some stems off it and put them in the ground a bit further along. Last year it only had a couple of flowers, this year it has more flowers, looks better and has grown to the top of my 5ft fence.
Thanks, Blossom, Terri and Candee. Freesias are indeed great flowers.
Wonderful Terri - those are two plants that I don't have so I will be adding them to my "to grow" list. And since I don't have too many plants blooming in January, and I am a little warmer than you, if the snowdrops were blooming last month in London, they may bloom in January here. Your snowdrops are nice and tall - most of the photos that I have seen are much shorter. Great job. BTW, do the currants have any thorns? and do they actually bear edible currants? or are the flowering currants not related at all to the eating currants? playing 20 questions here LoL.
Thanks Dianne, The snowdrops were in the ground here when we moved in 17 years ago, they come back every year without fail so far! I have tried to dig some up and plant them around the garden but they are so deep, I can't get them out! I have planted new bulbs but the squirrels dig them up.
The flowering currant is just a flowering shrub NO currants!!! It's related to other currants, the leaves are the same. No thorns,... Hope I have answered the questions to your satisfaction LoL!
Oh blossom, don't let those crocs croak, just leave em in the ground and put a vase next to them.
You do have some blooms there Terri, lucky you. I still have a rather pitiful display of nothing. A few weeks ago I had to move my flowering broom and I think I killed it in the process. Few more weeks here.
Meant to post more photos here last week, but I misplaced my camera. This particular species of cymbidium has been sending up spikes for the last two months, but the earlier ones have been snail bitten. I finally got a couple of decent spikes. This particular plant is in a pot, but I have transferred about 4 plants into the ground last year, and a few of them have bloomed. Those, however, have been fair game for the snails and slugs.
Here is an overview shot. The California poppies are lovely, but they wilt soon after cutting and are not good candidates for arrangements. The tulips are the remnants of a patch that I planted 10 years ago, and these few come back every year. I don't have enough to cut, so they are just "yard" specimens.
And here are the tree peonies in a vase. They are huge, so it doesn't take many blooms to make a statement. Tree peony blooms are very ephemeral; they open up very quickly and each bloom lasts only about three days. But, I think they are worth it. And the plants last for years.
I like the way you arranged the orchids, at an angle like that Dianne, love the ginger leaves too!
Beautiful tree peony, I want one LOL! The flowers are so pretty and look stunning in the vase.
Thanks for the eye candy this morning, I'm off to dig!!
As lovely as they are, the bloom period for tree peonies is only about one week. I waited too long and missed picking the blooms at their prime, so here is a vase photo from a prior year of the pink TP with some of my other TPs.
Stunning Dianne, mine are just budding now and the white one I have has huge blooms. You are so right though they are short lived and seems to never fail that when they get really opened up we get strong winds.
I planted some scillas last year and this is the first year to bloom. They should multiply over the years - I got them at a local plant club sale at a fairly cheap price so I figure that they are good multipliers.
Oh Dianne, I am so enthralled with your ranunculus they are spectacular, so wish I had luck with them. Am curious how long your dogwoods last as cuttings, I have never cut mine either - will still be a bit before mine open, as always my gardens are about 2 weeks behind even others in the same neighborhood. My neighbors have azaleas and rhods blooming like crazy and mine are way behind!
Welcom to you there planti, do you have some beauties to share with us?
Hey blossom, when we get past all this rain we may catch up to these gals!
Nice airy arrangement with the dogwood, I LOVE that vase!
The Scilla look very pretty with the white flowers, mine have leaves now!
Jolly colourful Rananculus! another great vase. Thanks Dianne for sharing all your lovelies!
Your garden is Bloomin' gorgeous my dear!
Not much happening yet. Too few blooms to pick :( I have one solitary daff blooming...now come on! I know I planted more than that!! I am planning a cutting garden in my backyard this year so hopefully I'll have lots of pics to share...
HI Planti! They are starting to call me Daff-nee! Mine seem to thrive in my poor soil and wet ground. Now tulips and hyacynths.. no can do. For some reason they are not fond of that! But I kid you not, it is like a sponge here lately. We are fully saturated. And it is sand here.
Haighr, that rain is on a lazy Susan.. it keeps sitting and spinning in the same place.. jeez, do ya think we best start building an ark? It does however beat snow hands down. Just nice and gentle does it, no wind, no lightning, no hail and for Peteys sake no toad twisters. PLEEEZ!
Well, guys, next we will be crabbing or bragging about the humidity and heat.. If it is not one thing it surely is another! Guess we all just should be counting our blessings.
Just a few more days and my yard is gonna be looking like dandelion wine! Actually, We love it. The aroma of all those dandelions is fantastic and the bees, holy cow they have a feast... that is ifn we get any bees. I dont know really what so many folks got against the lowly dandy anyway! We need the bees, they need the dandlions.
Candee - the dogwood only lasts about 4 days. I did cut the branches a little past their prime, so maybe if I cut them last week, they may have stayed fresher a bit longer. Is your yellow tree peony blooming yet? You had a great photo of it last year.
Daff-nee - send me some rain. sweltering in the heat here LoL.
Planti - it took me about 8 years before I got my garden planted with enough varieties of flowers with different bloom times and mature enough to give out enough blooms for arrangements. It is a work in progress, but you'll have a lot of fun doing it.
Terri - I have to stop myself from going to more thrift stores - running out of room here to store the great buys.
And this cutie.. a creeping white phlox or is that a white creeping phlox!! LOL! But ya know, just my luck I could not find a vase for any of them above soo Im just gonna have to scronge around for something.
You wont be sorry! I will take more dafs any time!
I put a handfull of the bulbs in old nursery cans then submerge the pot underground...keeps the moles out and makes for easier lifting later if you decide to transplant. I pick mine constantly, then leave the leaves to die back and replenish the bulbs... I never fertilize them.. go figure and they like my swamp! And I got pith porr soil to boot...!
I actually will get trades in and plant them in the spring. My gardening friends will dig theirs and send them to me dirt free with the leaves on in the spring and just wrapped in a damp papertowel. You can of course wait until fall to move them, but its so much easier to find them this way and well, heck, I have been planting my spring bulbs in the spring for years! When I get them, I put them inthe cans.. let the leaves die and then sink the pots. I cant say it makes much differene if you sink the pots right away, but for me by the time I get to heeling them in, they are dead on top. I have a garden bed that I am edging out and still need dafs to finish that project.
You can visit my GPS thread and see how folks have sent me stuff and what goes on with the plants and all in my garden there from parcel to soil to harvest etc!
Wow blossom even that dandelion looks drenched. More of the same here today and a severe thunderstorm watch this afternoon and eve. It poured and poured a while ago, and everything is just squishy!
Thanks for the info Dianne on the dogwoods, 4 days is not very long and my trees don't have a lot to spare so think I might pass on the cutting and just stick with the photos when they bloom.
blossom, don't you love the almond, mine is blooming as well and gave it a big trim last fall as well.
Planti, don't forget those tons of bulbs, perhaps you can sneak over to blossoms and pick a few of hers in the meantime!
Planti, I only had one daff LOL, think the squirrels dug them up!
Dianne, Please don't stop going to the thrift store for containers, you never know what great finds you can add to your collection!
Charming sign daff-nee LOL! Cool shades dude!
My dandilions are BIGGER than yours ... na na na na na !!
The month of April is almost gone, and along with April, the last of my tree peonies are just about done blooming. This is my last one. From the coloring and growth habit, I think that it is a Kinkaku, or something very similar to that. The flowers are not presented prominently, but rather, faces downwards.
wow what a fantastic thread.
I was attracted by the title of winter flowering & have followed you all from there...
as the Northern hemisphere heads into spring we down under are into autumn.
My garden is doing well as apart from a few frosty nights it has been mild.
In fact the last 3 days we have been having a mini heat wave.
26C max the other day & at least 24C today!
Looking at your amazing arrangements I am inspired to try my hand at a few.
Next step is to wander into the local Sallies store & look for some vases - I have one large one, I have a friend who is seriously into her floral art & when I commented that I had no vases she was horror struck.
So guess what she got me last Xmas...
now to fill it.
I did have a bowl that I never thought of using for flowers until somebody mentioned floating camellias.
And since I have some lovely white ones out right now.
Dalfyre...those are beautiful! Floating them in a bowl was a good idea... I wish I could grow something like camellias. They look so exotic and beautiful. Isn't that always the way? I always want to grow the things I cannot LOL
I'm way up in the northwest part of the US. We are trying to make spring around here.
Dianne that salmon color is beautiful, heads up or down can't lose with that one. How many trees to you have total? I just 2 a yellow and white. The white one's flowers are about 6-7" in diameter and are gorgeous. I'll cut one soon and float for you since yours are leaving for the season.
dalfyre - you have made a great start on arranging, they are lovely in that bowl. Keep looking around here at the cut flower threads you will get a wealth of ideas.
Thanks Drivenbonkers, Planti, Dalfyre, and Candee. That is a lovely tree peony, but you do have to go up to it and lift it's head to really get the full effect.
Candee - I have 6 tree peonies altogether (actually maybe only 5 since I moved my red one last year and it is still a sad looking stick with a two bits of live leaflets on it). I remember yours from last year - they were gorgeous.
Dalfyre - Welcome to this forum. I am so glad you found us. Your camellias are beautiful. It almost looks like a peony. And floating them in a bowl is a great arrangement. I like it that you are going into autumn. Would love to see what you have flowering in your part of the world as you go from autumn into winter. I am always on the lookout for plants that do well during the colder months of the year. My garden is getting pretty crowded, so I have to be focused and not be tempted to buy a bunch more plants, but am limiting myself to plants that bloom in the off season for me. Doesn't always work though LoL.
thanks for the friendly welcome :)
In my earlier post mentioned my friend who is really into floral art, she has been a big inspiration to me.
I have posted pics of her display at the Ellerslie International Flower show earlier this year... http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/962890/
Jan does lovely table arrangements for the RSA, it infuriates me to have to pick rubbish out of them each morning!
Why some people think it is ok to stuff their old eftpos dockets & raffle tickets into the arrangement is beyond me :(
Too lazy to take them from the table to the bin I guess.
My pic this time is not a very good one - I picked two roses & a camellia for the wreath laying on ANZAC Day.
the red rose is for my Grandfather, the white camellia for my Grandmother & the other rose is named Yours Always which I thought was an appropriate symbol of our family ties...
the ribbon is tartan to symbolise my husbands Scottish ancestry & the way past & present are brought together on this day & we are all bound together by love.
Well it made sense to me:)
Dalfyre - well, I learn something new everyday! I had to look up what ANZAC day is, and now I know. Those are lovely roses and camellia for the wreathlaying.
In the Chinese tradition, we also have a "gravesite cleaning" day in which people go to the cemetery to pay their respects and to clean up the gravesites. This year, it fell on the first weekend in April. One of the main reasons I grow cut flowers is so that we have flowers to take to the cemeteries on all the major holidays - something that my mom has done ever since we were kids.
I only have a few bearded irises - and this is the first to bloom.
And here it is in a vase. I had an arrangement with calla lilies last week, and since some of the leaves were still good, I used them when I did this arrangement. This particular variety has a nice spicy scent.
Lovely Peonies Dianne and your Iris are a magnificant display! Very nice arrangement, full and well balanced!
Hi Dalfyre, Welcome! Your Camelias are so pretty, love the floating arrangement!
I remember Weedwoman telling us about ANZAC day last year. Thanks for sharing your wreath, it's Beautiful and respecful. Glad you joined us!
I too recall hearing of ANZAC day and you have arranged quite a lovely presentation. Is that a lovely little fuscia off to the left?
Dianne that is spectacular, those closed iris really set that one off and the colors really pop! Getting so anxious to get something to put in a vase just can't wait.
Thanks, the spiarea doesnt last long but it still looks good today and glad I did it cause it is still pouring outside here! We even turned the furnace back on to take the chill off today and I never run the furnace in May?
agapanthus - known to our household as angry panthers...
white nerines & a fern frond in a vase my Mum painted as a gift for me.
to me the arrangement looks just a little 'off' - but I am supposed to be getting ready for work so no time to tweak until I am happy with it.
I'll do that later.
Dalfyre - I have never seen a white nerine before. You have a nice healthl full patch there! I have some pinks, but now I have to look for some whites too. They are one of the best plants for late blooming in autumn. Funny all the different names for agapanthus. The university where I work at started off as an agricultural college, and the name of the our school newspaper and the nickname for our students are "Aggies".
Speaking of perfect opportunities, the right time Finally came for me to pick the bird of paradise. I had 4-5 blooms this year, but they opened at various times. I wanted to keep the flowers in the yard as long as possible since it was planted by my front entryway. Here is the yard photo.
The bird of paradise has about 4 potential blooms within each stalk. The oldest has it's last bud opening (after cutting off the earlier spent blooms) while the first bud in the youngest stalk is opening. I don't know if the other blooms will open after it is cut.
Lovely arrangements Dianne! What are the orange flowers in the 1st peony picture? Love orange and pink, it really zaps! You did really well with your thrift shop vases, they have all been really nice!
I'm so jealous of your BOPS!! they are stunning.
I just love those peonies!
I have a white & a red, the white has the most amazing scent but the red nothing.
I couldn't resist going back & tweaking my arrangement...
I like it now.
Can anyone even see the difference? :)
Yes dalfrye, I like the different heights, I actually prefer the tweaked one as it has a lot more character now that it has the height.
Sure hope to get some sunshine one of these days so I can make somethin
Can't seem to catch my flowers recently at the right time for both the yard and vase series. I don't normally post two similar plants, but this year has been a wonderful peony year for me. These are my Sarah Bernhardts in the yard.
And later in a vase. I mixed in another variety - could be Mons. de Jules, but am not sure. The blooms only last about 3 days in a vase, but they make spectacular arrangements. And the fragrance is wonderful. Peonies are the flowers that garners the most comments from my co-workers.
Did some gardening on Sunday & noticed my peonies are starting to come up.
seems bit early yet, might have to mulch them with leaves to prevent frost bite...
we still have winter to get through.
Sunshine & hail today, weird!
I have the photos Terri, just havent gotten around to posting, but will soon as you just won't believe how gorgeous they are if I don't mind saying so myself LOL! Plus they made it through the wind and rain this go around and last night's frost!
I like that philosophy - kind of like when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Terri - you can take any flowers you see here home anytime. HMMMMmmm- I just remembered I got those peonies still in the refrigerator. Better take them out to see.
Dalfyre - did your peonies survive the frost???
So far so good...
we have been having cold wet windy days & nights so no more frosts yet.
I need it to dry out a bit so I can rake the leaves to use as mulch.
I just spotted new growth, it is either anemone or ranunculus.
Time will tell :)
So exciting to see tiny green shoots peeking out.
And my daffodils are just breaking the surface.
The tazetta narcissus are already up & on track for early spring flowers.
And the nemesia have survived the first frosts, hail & wild, windy weather & are still flowering!
I don't know how low a temperature they will survive but they are so incredibly easy to strike from cuttings that I think any who get real winters with snow & all could bring them inside in pots & then replant in spring time.
Do you get the impression I am impressed by these plants ? ;)
I love them
And I even took some to the cafe. I am trying something new this year - I dug a trench around the alstromeria, and putting plastic netting around it to keep it from spreading. I am getting tired of it taking over the flowerbed and my having to dig up the area periodically to discard the excess.
the larkspur & alstromeria look great together.
My Mum has been trying to eradicate the same kind of yellowy one from her garden.
Started out as a gift but she had no idea how invasive it would get.
We had only ever seen the red & green one & that spreads quite slowly.
I have seen some nice dwarf ones for sale & have been tempted...
They are calling those Princess lilies.
the pic is where I moved my nemesia to, the tazetta narcissus is popping up even where I thought I had dug it all out.
I gave away masses of bulbs & have heard that they are coming up.
Someone may get a surprise bonus, some of the bulbs were daffodils that I forgot were there.
I really hope they were in the stuff I gave away or replanted - not the pile I consigned to the green waste bin.
I don't have much interest in the alstromeria but lett me know how the netting works as I could try doing the same with my spiderwort.
Love the larkspur and it is spreading for you, how great is that? I have planted that many times and it never returns in my gardens.
dalfyre that is a lovely bed shown there.
Lovely Alsromeria arrangement Dianne!
Candee doesn't have any interest in them (she said that about yellow once)! We shall have to do something about that.
Your arrangement with the Alstromeria and Larkspur looks gorgeous, those colours look so good together.
I bought a couple of larkspur from the lottie shop, but I haven't got around to planting them yet and noticed there is only the stems left!! the slugs have eaten the rest. Good idea with the trench and netting, hope it works for you!
Not that one Terri if it is the only one, it looks quite nice right where it is. I don't know what it is about the alstromeria, it comes in a lot of bought arrangements here and the leaves always look like weeds to me, no offense. Yours with the larkspur looks very nice and the leaves look quite fresh, perhaps it is just because the ones I get when the kids send FTD the leaves are drooping and sloppy looking, which ruins the look of the flower.
Terri - cut only if you do not need it to go to seed.
Candee - even with freshly picked alstromerias, I tend to strip most of the leaves off of it too.
Asiatic lilies are the first lilies to bloom here. I have planted many kinds in the past, but they do not come back very well. After about 2-3 years, the patch diminishes to about one or two. This patch of Lollipops are the only "patch" that I have that returns - these are about 6 years old, but they are not very robust. I am going to have to find another spot to transfer them to and hope they will be happier. Could it be that it is too hot here?
Terri - those are my vegetables way in the back - I finally planted them last weekend. Nothing compared with yours LoL.
those lilies are a lovely colour & the alstromeria tones in so well.
I discovered something nice in my garden today.
I was told it is Japanese iris but not sure if that is right...
only one flower so not going to pick it - hopefully there will be more in the future.
Those lilies are beautiful Dianne. I seem to have luck with lilies they multiply like crazy here and some reach giant heights, it is incredible how well they thrive. You sure have ones with lovely pinks and white and they look real nice in your arrangement.
Now I am with Terri, that urn or whatever behind them, that is really neat!
That is quite unusual dalfyre, and a pleasant surprise.
I remember your amazing lilies, Candee. Are they opening up yet?
That urn was something that I purchased years ago because I thought it would give the garden a roman (?) flair. And I liked that grayish blue against the bricks. The intent was to put a potted plant in there on a rotating basis, but that never happened. The guy next to it was something that I saw at a friend's house, and thought it was neat, so it became mine LoL.
Terri - those new plants are my vegetables - 3 eggplant (was 4 but the snails got to one before I planted it, 2 bell peppers and 2 cucumbers, along with the 6 tomatoes - that is the extent of my veggie garden. Not at all as big or plentiful like yours.
Dalfyre - that kind of does look like a Japanese iris. At least you got one bloom - I did not get any this year.
Trumpet lilies are the next up on my blooming cycle. These are pink Perfections.This variety has been a really good mulitplier - I thinned this patch out three years ago, and it has been a little slow in repopulating. I gave some to my sister, and hers have quadrupled in that time - They liked my sister's yard better.
Divine Dianne, I just love lilies. No mine are still shooting for the moon and will be a bit before they begin to bloom. I tell you our property just smells so good this year, we are quite secluded and the smell of flowers is just over powering this year. Steve has been sneezing like crazy but we are lovin it.
Hi Terri - we are having an amazingly cool last few days of spring - high in the 70's. some years we are already in the 90's and an occasion 100's by now. I am enjoying this nice cooler weather. Last week, I went out to my garden and this is what the gardenia looked like.
Terri and Candee - yes, they do smell wonderful. short-lived in a vase though. But I really wanted to cut the bush back down to a reasonable size, so I trimmed off a lot more branches and replenished the vases at work. Here's a closeup.
And the second set for the 3rd floor. Each vase was only good for about 2 days, but they are glorious days. I have had the most comment from the people in the building over these flowers. But, you can't miss the fragrance LoL. And the sad part is, very few people knew what the flowers are. Gardenias are not part of their need-to-know.
Easter lilies bloom here in June. Only one batch bloomed this year. I normally have to replenish the Easter lilies periodically - which is not a problem because I just get the ones that people discard. In my sister's house in southern California, however, hers spread widely and thickly.
And here it is in a vase. Since there were so few blooms, I had to augment it with some gardenias and calla lilies. The larger variety of calla lily bloomed much earlier, but this smaller headed ones are blooming now. Deb - I "borrowed" your idea of draping daylily leaves. Thanks!
Hi Dianne, What a classy arrangement! Lovely. Very elegant and such a nice shape.
Love the daylily leaves going up and down too.
You are so lucky lilies do well for you, no problems with the lily bug? They always get eaten before the flowers open in my garden! Thanks for sharing your arrangement, one of your best I think!
Thanks, Terri and Candee.
And Terri - I am not sure what you mean by the lily bug, but my lilies are prime food for snails. If you look at the flower at the lower left, you'll see that part of the petal has been eaten.
Candee - can't wait to see your lilies. They are the tallest I have ever seen. and Candee - you can copy all you want, seeing as I stole that idea from Deb.
Spring is in it's last leg, and summer is around the corner. Have just enough time for another entry or two. I love calla lilies too - and thank goodness, the snails seem to leave them alone. This is one of my oldest batches - I really like the bright yellow of this one.
I picked the flowers about a week after the above photo, and it is past their prime. You can tell it is darkening around the edges, and some of the gold is turning green. Paired it up with the purple larkspur that freely resows itself every year.
In the same brick planter, behind the yellow calla, is a maroon colored one. It is being overtaken by the peony next to it, so I will have to move it to a better, more visible spot next year. This is year 3, and it is spreading nicely. Hopefully the transplanting in the fall will not set it back too much.
Well Dianne your just stick it is "dreamy", those colors look like popsicles. I just love you callas, one plant I have never tried, but will surely enjoy yours! Wow almost summer here and my lilies just opened this morn. Really raining and heading to the cabin tomorrow so hope I get a chance to photo them tomorrow before leaving.
Hi everyone, I watch this forum but never have participated. I am impressed by the pretty arrangements! It comforts me to know that somebody 1/2 way around the world (not soils of course, she might be right down the road, but some of the rest of you) is also wandering through their yard with a pair of clippers, looking for a pretty bloom or a colorful leaf, snipping this and that, to turn it into a beautiful one of a kind arrangement. I am in the same boat as many of you, small urban lot, everything I want for the vase needs to work in the landscape as well. I had some mutant wallflowers this year, they got as big as a minor planet. So I took some of those flowers and then snipped odds and ends around the yard and from my patio pots and came up with this. Besides wallflower there is butterfly bush, salvia, zonal geranium, gaillardia, chrysanthemum, euphorbia, coral bells, and rose of sharon.
Hello Nasturtium28, Welcome to cut flowers. Nice to have someone new to share flowers with us!
Thank you for posting your beautiful colourful arrangement, lots of pretties there!
love your vase, it holds a big bunch really well.
Have you got Nasturtiums growing, or is that a silly question? lol.
Great arrangements Dianne, like the red vase with the yellow and purple!
2000ml would look better LOL, it's gorgeous, love the leaves!!!
Thanks, I had a nice relaxing time with flowertips. I 'borrowed' a couple of her containers to experiment with!
Hi Narsturtium - welcome to this forum. Maybe we have run into each other in the local nurseries? I often go to the sales at the Shepard garden center, and try to make it to the arboretum sales in Davis. What a nice variety of flowers you have.
Terri - the brown/red vase probably has 2000 ml in it!! It is another old piece of glassware from one of the labs. Sometimes we have to store light sensitive solutions in opaque bottles.
So, we will expect some arrangements soon with your "borrowed" containers??
Spring will officially end here in California at 10:45 PM our time tonight, which means that the title of this thread will also be officially untimely. One of my goals was to have a new arrangement at least once a week, and I have more or less done it. But, it is fairly easy task in the spring. I will end this thread with one of my favorite colors in calla lilies. I will cheat and not cut it. It is a solitary bloom on the only remaining plant, so I am hoping to let it go to seed and maybe get more plants for later years.
Well hello nasturium, this is my second year of planting their seed and I really like them. So glad you have joined us. That is a nice grouping you have there and lovely setting. Can't wait to see more.
last photo for this one - another calla. A deep,dark purplish/maroon/black. The inside is lighter, the outside, darker. This is in it's 3rd year, and I have divided it and planted in three different places. It gets about 2 feet tall. No arrangements this year, maybe next.
Thanks Dianne, I actually morphed them to a new thread - Theme-Bigger is Better. Now you best get on over there and put something BIG together!
BTW steal away I actually stole the leaf idea a long time ago from somebody here as I seldom used leaves in my arrangements and now see they are a fab addition.