Last Monday there was no vase from the small, sunny garden. All last week was, in the memorable words of the Marchioness to Dick Swiveller, a Oner - from start to finish. Hopefully this week goes a bit better!
At any rate it begins well, celebrating my sister's birthday today. I took charge of the dessert (Lime Mousse Cheesecake) and the flowers.
I had more material for the vase than I expected. Happily, Crown Princess Margareta is once more in full bloom and I picked five blossoms to use.
There were also some small, blooming branches from the new Lagerstroemia indica "Dynamite". These are white buds that open to deep red flowers.
And a couple of stems of Jasminum sambac.
The Jasmine leaves made for some nice foliage, as did the rose leaves. I was able to cut the rose stems a little long because these blooms all came on single stems. This left plenty of foliage besides working better in the elegant cut glass vase which was given me some years back as a Christmas present.
Though I didn't have enough time to properly condition the flowers before they had to be arranged, I was able to stand the crape myrtle stems in boiled water, which seems to have much improved their vase life. Thanks for the advice, Cathy!
What with the roses and the jasmine, this is a very fragrant bouquet.
Looking at my clock, I see it's Tuesday now - even here; but in any case here is my Monday Vase for the wonderful meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
Weather Diary: Partly cloudy; High: 102 F (39 C)/Low: 84 F (29 C)