Hesperaloe parviflora flowers are in bloom all over the place just now. I don't know whether they grow wild here, but they are a very dependable plant and widely used in area landscaping. We have several which grow and bloom with minimal care and water along the difficult west side of the house. So for today's vase I decided to use some of their vibrantly shrimp-pink stalks, combined with stems of Bougainvillea and Cistanthe grandiflora.
All went into an earthenware jar I made last summer. Its small mouth was just right to hold the long stems, and the colour seemed perfect.
Not knowing anything about preparing these varieties for arranging, I simply put them in the vase - with the exception of the bougainvillea, which had its woody stems dipped in boiling water prior to use. The vibrant magenta bracts surround the occasional white bloom.
The flowers of Cistanthe grandiflora are the most volatile element in the vase because the blooms close at midday. By the time I was able to get these pictures, the flowers were already beginning to shut. However, the stems, blooms, and spent calyxes are still decorative in themselves.
Equally decorative are the big seedpods on the Hesperaloe.
And the bright pink flowers grow in rows along arching stems. Some of these stems must be seven feet or more (2 m) tall; I used smaller ones and cut them shorter as necessary. The warm colour is unlike anything else I grow.
This was a fun vase to put together - a very bright vase for a mid-May Monday, and using some of the more exotic material available. I am linking to Cathy's Monday Vase meme; do go and check all the other vases inspired by the meme in this flower-rich season!
Weather Diary: Mostly sunny, High: 85 F (29.4 C)/ Low: 62 F (16.7 C)