Most of the roses have slowed or stopped flower production in deference to the heat, which has reached well over 105 F (41 C) daily for I'm not sure how long now. I'm pleased to see them putting bloom on pause while the bushes still look healthy - after all, these are all newly planted. But a few insist on blooming anyway, and they cope by producing much smaller flowers. The bloomer-in-chief is Crown Princess Margareta. These blooms must be more or less unrecognisable to an eye familiar with her large, apricot-toned flowers; but this is still the Princess - blooms about half size or less with colour tending to pink or nearly white from the intensity of the sun.
Along with them I used some readily available foliage and stems. These are the grey, crinkly leaves of Atriplex, species unknown. It sprouts in various spots around the yard, and it seems to be a relatively well-behaved small shrub so far. It is occasionally recommended for landscape use out here, so I assume it is not too hazardous to let grow on. With the soft silver of its foliage, it seemed like a good addition with the roses and saves me from cutting any of my baby shrubbery. I have no idea how it will respond to being plonked in a vase; at first I thought perhaps I needed to have sealed the stems, but we shall see! It is not thorny so it is fairly easy to work with, other than a rubbery tendency to pull itself back out of arrangement!
Rambling in the Garden!