Ah, finally enough time and focus to put something in a vase for In A Vase For Monday meme-ing. We've had 90F+ since Thursday; any flower left on a plant outdoors is toast within hours. May as well bring some indoors.
Except the Protea, opening as slowly as ketchup oozing out of the bottle:
I scurried out for a few minutes to grab what in an hour or two would be brown and shriveled. A newly opening Dahlia, some 'Firefighter' and 'Young Lycidas' roses, all plopped into a milk bottle.
Now, now. Surely it could be a little better. The flowers are all mooshed together. There's no foliage. Do better! Another dash out into the heat for some Leucadendron linearfolia foliage, the closest interesting foliage to the door.
Add the Dahlia.
Add the roses, un-mooshed. Better. Nothing spectacular, but better. A little effort yields improvement.
Foliage--the glistening, silky, thready leaves of Adenanthos sericia. If I can get it into the ground when the weather cools, and get it growing, there will be more fabulous foliage for arrangements.
Stricta business. When I originally planted the four Agave strictas too close together, they were about 3" (75 mm) wide. They grew together. The adjacent Agave augustifolia and Senecio cyclindrica overwhelmed and covered three of the four strictas.
When those were removed, a mess remained.
I pulled one of the strictas out to see if it could be rehabilitated.
Not much of a root system. All dried up, too.
Lots of dead foliage at the base. Note what puppies can do to scissors.
Will it live? Hey, it's an Agave! Why wouldn't it?
Visit Rambling In The Garden (on Monday) for some great vases of flowers, and Digging for fascinating foliage.