Monday, August 18, 2014

In a Vase on Monday: Floral Accents

There REALLY isn't a lot of floral color in my garden right now.  Yes, there are a few - mostly short - flowers here and there but, with the exception of the Coreopsis 'Redshift,' there's nothing much available in sufficient quantity to make an impact in a vase.  Most of the flowers also don't coordinate well with one another.  I considered constructing a vase solely with foliage material but, after cutting a mass of colorful coleus 'Honey Crisp,' I was able to find a few flowers that provided a nice floral accent to the variegated foliage of the coleus (Solenstemon scuttellarioides).


Close-up of Coleus 'Honey Crisp' showing the peach, yellow and green upper surface and its pink and purple undersides



The first floral accent I hit on was Gaillardia grandiflora 'Goblin,' which is very short.  The taller look-alike Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' hasn't reappeared this year, which is unfortunate.  After a couple rounds of our property, I also picked up:

  • Gaillardia 'Mesa Peach' (2 stems) - short and barely visible in the photo at the top of the post 
  • Helianthus annuus 'Lemon Queen' (1 stem) - planted late from seed in the vegetable garden, this appears to be the only 'Lemon Queen' to show her pretty face
  • Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' (1 stem)
  • Tanacetum parthenium 'Aureum' (2 stems) 
  • Zinnia (2 stems) - planted from seed, I have no record of the small flowered variety that has survived our water limitations

Close-up of Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Pennisetum 'Purple Majesty'

Close-up of the 2 small Zinnia flowers, surrounded by Gallardia 'Goblin' in flower and in bud



Once again, the bouquet landed in the front foyer to greet everyone who comes through the door.




Please check in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see her floral creation and to find links to photos of bouquets created by other participating gardeners.


All material © 2012-2014 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

26 comments:

  1. Kris, this turned out lovely. You found a bounty of interesting flowers. Love the way the coleus 'Honey Crisp' ties them all together.

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    1. The coleus certainly provide a good substitute when there are few flowers to be found, Susie, and 'Honey Crisp's' subtle color variations provided a valuable assist with today's vase exercise.

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  2. Kris this is really gorgeous. I wish I grew coleus...I need to next year. The floral accents you chose are perfect with the coleus and really work well together. A late summer color fiesta.

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    1. I almost skipped the coleus altogether this year myself, Donna, but I'm glad I didn't. They help make up for the lack of floral color.

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  3. The Coleus is beautiful, I never seem to have any suitable foliage for my vases so perhaps I should try some next year. If I were picking from my garden there wouldn't be a lot of choice but the new cuttings bed with its irrigation mean that I have a lot to choose from. Your vase works well with a lot of foliage and just a few blooms, the sunflower is a great colour.

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    1. I'd planned to make use of the raised planters in my vegetable garden for flowers this year but, other than the sunflowers, I didn't get far with the exercise. Maybe next year, I'll attempt a true cutting garden there.

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  4. That is so sophisticated. WOW! I would love to have that displayed in my home. Well done!!

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  5. Despite the lack of flowers in your garden at the moment you still came up with a sophisticated floral display indoors :)

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    1. It really was a bit of a scavenger hunt this week...

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  6. Lovely vase - I especially like the close up of your helianthus.

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    1. The Helianthus was a lucky find in the garden - I'd thought that all my sunflowers were long gone. Thanks for visiting and dropping a comment!

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  7. Aren't you finding that a more limited choice makes us more inventive? Yours works really well - and that coleus has a really apt name as the leaves do look slightly crispy. Love the 'Goblin' buds too - and I see your frog hopped into the picture again!

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    1. Yes, indeed! At this time of year creating a vase is a challenge on more than one level. If the fall blooms don't show up soon, I may be climbing the giant Yucca or my Magnolia tree to get flowers for next week's vase!

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  8. That's a lovely arrangement Kris, I really like to use coleus in flower arrangements. They have such terrific colors

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    1. I seem to fall in love with coleus all over again every year come mid-summer, Deanne.

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  9. That is such a warm welcome when someone enters your home! Really pretty and dare I say autumny too! ;-)

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    1. I was going to make a comment about it being a harbinger of autumn in my post, Cathy, but people are getting a bit annoyed at the idea that we're hurrying summer along...

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  10. Your vase positively glows with colour Chris. I like how the colour of the rim of the zinnias complements the gallardia. Love the sole sunflower too :)

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    1. Pure serendipity on the color match, Anna!

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  11. What a lovely vase Chris. The colours are so hot and sunny. I particularly like the effect of the Pennisetum with the Helianthus. The feverfew makes a very pretty filler too.

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    1. I think feverfew has factored into virtually every bouquet I've put together over the last several weeks, Elizabeth - I couldn't do without it right now.

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  12. Just beautiful! Love that coleus foliage with the blanket flowers and sunflowers. What a perfect August bouquet. :o)

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    1. Thanks Tammy! It came out much better than I'd anticipated when I started my floral foraging this week. I have no idea what I'll use next week, though..

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