It is late at night but I want to join Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly invitation to fill and share a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.
I gathered flowers early this morning and parceled them into a variety of containers until I had time to work with them. Time got away from me. When I finally caught a moment late this afternoon to photograph one vase for a quick post, I really should have taken time to grab a container to that would better complement the color of the flowers.
Cleome hassleriana was supposed to be the star of this arrangement. The cleome has opened up in the past week and is doing well despite the lack of rain and the high heat. It self-seeds and I let it go mostly wherever it wants. My original Cleome hassleriana seedlings came years ago from my friend, Chris, who bought them at Monticello.
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) and Echinacea ‘Big Sky Sundown’ are also tolerating this hot weather. These two flowers prove that pink and orange can coexist, but they may have stolen the limelight from the cleome.
A few sprigs of Dutch Lavender complete this quick vase.
Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)
Echinacea ‘Big Sky Sundown’ (Hybrid Coneflower)
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Dutch’ (Dutch Lavender)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)