In A Vase On Monday December 11, 2017 (And Other Flowers)
In A Vase On Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling In The Garden and provides inspiration and motivation to create your own bouquets from materials found in your own garden.
Our terrible Wind Event of last week motivated me to create a bouquet of roses. The wind stripped most of the foliage off many roses, and since it is nearly rose pruning time in Southern California, removing long stems is something that needs to be done anyway. The roses include 'Snowbird' and 'Iceberg' (whites), the indefatigable 'Belindas Dream' (medium pink), 'Rouge Royale' and 'William Shakespeare 2000) (dark pink), and 'Firefighter' (crimson). We are very lucky to have December roses.
I added a few stems of red-tipped Leucadendron 'Reverse Polarity', always gorgeous in a vase. Removing those stems shaped the young plant at the same time; it was somewhat lopsided.
Particularly fine OGR style form on this 'Belinda's Dream', and as I took the photo, the perfume of 'Rouge Royale' filled the (very dry) air.
Recently blogged about, the stem of 'Minerva' Hippeastrum snapped off in the winds; I put the stem in a vase to enjoy what was left indoors.
Wind survivors in the garden...a new 'Pink Ice' Protea flower looks undamaged, though the foliage is a bit burnt. Perhaps the star of a future bouquet.
Ripening clementines! It's a thrill to be able to walk out into the garden to pick and eat something like this, before the squirrels get them all:
The Aloe thraskii flowers are opening to the delight of bees, hummingbirds, and Orange Crowned Warblers.
The lower sun angle of December makes Yucca 'Bright Star' glow warmly.
'Molineux' has deep rich color because of that low sun.
Somewhat sheltered from the northeast winds by the house, the December flush of 'The Ambridge Rose' looks fairly good. Fountain in the foreground:
The fountain provided water for thirsty birds during this week of extreme low humidity. Happy to help!
She is able to drink from the film of water that cascades down the surface of the urn.
Despite the week of terrible winds, the first flower on Grevillea 'Kings Fire' survived and is opening.
The wind is finally expected to ease today. The multiple huge wildfires, unfortunately, are still burning; we continue to think of those who have lost their homes, and the firefighters still working to save others.