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Pretty vases Blossom, gorgeous colours! the Callas look lovely too. Thanks for adding your vases here.
I bought some Iris bulbs the other day., hope they come up as good as yours.
Candee, I still have the pieces!!! trying to think what I can use them for, probably should just bin them .. lol!
Dianne, well, I did buy a new vase already! but it's quite unusual and I haven't worked out how to use it yet!
Keep the vases of flowers coming everyone, we don't want to miss your blooms!
Thank you Sally! I love the fragrant sweet peas too, these are the wild ones that don't have any fragrance!
I have some sweet peas growing up a little wigwam but they haven't flowered yet, do they grow in Texas?
Yes, you can grow them here, but in EARLY spring. Like Nasturtiums. I think you sow them in fall. Not sure. I know you do that for Nasturtiums. Then they grow slowly in the winter and go crazy in spring, then die in the heat.
I like that sage!
I have a purple & a pineapple sage - I dug out my common sage it was taking over.
I put a cutting into a pot, I like the idea of using herbs in my cooking but really seem to grow them for decoration mostly.
Neat herb planter Sally, all the herbs look really healthy and very attractive arranged like that. Thank you!
Is Pineapple sage varigated with yellow leaves? I think I have one of those.
Blossom, Great sprucing up! Your vase looks so bright and colourful, Thank you! The coleus boots and herbs make a lovely grouping with the flowers. Pot et fleur!
Dalfyre, I was growing my herbs for decoration, but since I've been trimming them, they grow so fast! I've been making mixed herb ice cubes, they are handy to pop into sauces etc when cooking. I've noticed the fresh/frozen herbs taste so much nicer than the dried mixed herbs from the supermarket I was using!
LoL, no I'm not! it usually takes me about 3 goes to get links to work!
A herb thread sounds good Blossom, I need to learn what to do with them too!
The ice cubes are easy make, I don't have alot of space for drying!
Thank you 2gmk, wow! that is very nice of you to say. I am growing Amaranthus for the first time, but am finding it's not very easy to make arrangements with!! Have you got any flowers to stick in a vase and share with us?
Thanks for stopping by, all the way from Kansas City!
Hi Dianne, how are you today young lady? and where are you flowers stuck in a vase, cyber space ? LOL!!!
I'm not allowed to talk herbs here so see you over in the Herb bed ok? I'd love to see what herbs you have growing in your California garden!
Hi Sally, They sound delicious! Would you mind popping over to the Herb bed and sharing all your wonderful herb planters and tell us how you super dry them? Please, pretty please!!!
Hope you are getting on well with the packing, when are you moving house?
Hi Terri and Blossom, I am working with off white, red and pale sage green foliage. Found the neatest flowers at Hobby Lobby, I think I bought all of them in two stores. The arrangements are going to be informal cottage type. Will probably be able to send pics next week
Yes I do Candee!! I've had it for years and it's not all that ... lol Will it get huge? maybe I should move it from my island bed? another job for the autumn perhaps!!!
Have you got a vase of flowers for me? lol ...runs out the door... tee hee!
how about two vases...
one with witch hazel - sadly non fragrant.
The other is sweetly scented Tazetta narcissus.
I didn't realise how nice they smelled until I put them inside.
These are the ones I dug huge clumps out & gave away or binned the bulbs.
Glad I left some.
Hi dalfyre, they are lovely, what a nice surprise! I'm glad you saved some of those pretty Tazetta too. I see you have a frog!!!!! lol. Beautiful arrangement with the Iris and wich hazel, it's unusual to see them cut short, I like it very much!
those were the bits I trimmed off the longer branches...
couldn't stand to see them go to waste.
Initially I just had them alone but thought the blue of the iris might be nice with the orange witch hazel.
It is lovely alone too! I haven't really seen many arrangements with witch hazel, it's such an interesting plant. I want one!!l
It really looks great with the iris, the colours and shapes complement each other so well. Funny how sometimes our waste bits turn out to be the star!
I saw a lovely yellow witch hazel for sale yesterday - only $33.50...
but it is a fragrant one & really pretty.
I have a winter hazel that has yellow flowers so I will have to watch & see if it will be any good for cutting, I think it may be too small & sparse at the moment.
neat spotty cup!
The witch hazel is like magnolia in that respect - blossom first & then leaves come later.
Mine is late winter/early spring flowering.
There are some amazing varieties out there & many fragranced ones.
Shame mine isn't scented but it is pretty.
Blossom, the Amaranthus pair in the vases (above)... they look a bit scary!!! don't you think?? LoL!
Thanks dalfyre! bring your flowers stuck in a vase here anytime, I love seeing everyone's flowers!
Hi Sally, Thanks! The cup fits under the teapot, quite a neat container.. lol.
How are you getting on with moving house, hope your're not overdoing things? I guess it will take a long time packing up all the African Violets and Orchids in your house?.. lol
Thanks Dianne and Sally! I will take a pic and show you how I did the palm leaf.
I went to the florists with a friend, to help her choose some flowers for a wealth she is making for someone.
I said to myself, 'you're not buying anything terri, don't even think about it' Well y'know how it is ...
I ended up getting a huge bunch of stuff (mostly foliage).
5 palm leaves, 10 hosta leaves, 3 leukdendron, 3 ginger, 4 protea ,2anthurium, 4 green amaranthus,
2 yellow carnations, 2 red canna leaves and a bunch of yellow statice. Not a bad tropical bunch for £6.00
Thanks Candee, yes wtich hazel would suit your style of arranging ... buy one today... LOL!
Picasso! Thanks Blossom, are you drying your flowers? I've got quite a collection drying this year!!
Hope to use them for some excitng threads in the dull winter months... Get your thinking caps on everyone.
So you are still not quite 100%? Sorry to hear that.
Candee - nice use of the iris leaves. Are they siberian irises? I had not thought to use them before. Looks like another good idea that I can steal. I need to move a clump soon, so I will have to cut the leaves off anyway to make moving easier.
Terri - weren't you supposed to show us how you did the nifty palm twist? Or is it just literally twisting it? and how do you get it to stay? just by sticking the other flowers in between? Inquiring minds want to know. LoL.
I stole the leaf idea from terri a long time ago, matter of fact I have stolen a lot of her techniques and tricks. I never noticed how interesting the siberian leaves were until I actually cut one the are in little groups of 3 connected at the base.
I don't care for bearded iris, but the leaves from them actually for a fan effect, check them out! They are equaly as interesting.
No, since I have been sick and it has been OVERLY hot outside, I don't even go out now. Hubby has been trimming etc. Some of the flowers just went to heck, not his fault, the heat is worse than on record...EVER. My big perennials, trees, etc are fine, we water a lot, but some flowers just bit the dust.
THIS will be a summer to forget for sure. Here is a memory, ha.
Thanks for the info. Your autumn joy is more purplish than mine - the one I have is more pinkish. I like the feathery golden rod - will have to try to plant that next year. Hope it is not too big - I am fast running out of space - something that you don't have to worry about with all your acres LoL.
If you plan to do a golden rod go with the dwarfs. My rods are wild
and are 6 feet tall and take a lot of space!
My asters are very tall too and of the feral variety! If you do asters get purple dome in you small yard, get purple dome. its a dwarf. This time of year you can find asters and mums everywhere.
There are a couple kinds of the sedum. I have also Matrona which is a neat one. Its pink on the flower. Seems Autumn Joys color depends on when you cut it. Mine are waining. They were really red this year and have gone that purplish.. next will be the lovely brown! LOL!
That is gorgeous BB. My sedums went quickly this season seemed they didn't last long at all. I have autumn joy and sedum frosty morn which is more white. They really make for nice fill in arrangements.