Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Vase: Happy Spring

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Far from the winter weather descending on eastern regions of the country, Arizona is moving rapidly toward spring.  One can feel the change of season here.  Clouds and chilly weather have suddenly given way to the bluest of skies, and warm clothes are only for evening cool.  The garden is responding in kind.  A few spring beauties are beginning to show, and plants that were already in bloom are putting out a plenitude of flowers.

It is from the latter that I cut today's vaseful.  Yellow marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens)...
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...and Senna nemophila...
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...combine with the cool hues of Lavender "Goodwin's Creek Gray"...
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...and Eremophila hygrophana...
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...to make a vase in purple and yellow tones.
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The silver foliage of the Eremophila begged for the addition of more silver from Convolvulus cneorum, which is budding, but not yet in bloom.
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Plus a little rosemary to fill everything out...
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It is interesting to watch the bloom cycles of the various plants, as some are seasonal and others tend to bloom off and on throughout the year.  The Senna is a spring-bloomer, which set buds weeks ago but is only now opening flowers; while this Eremophila has been putting out scattered blooms for months.  The Argyranthemum has likewise been blooming for some time, but its latest flush is heavier than I have seen before.  (I planted it less than a year ago, so have not had time to watch it through early spring.)
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As for the lavender, I expect it to quit at some point, but so far that point has not been reached!

All these plants are fairly drought-tolerant and well-adapted here in the desert, and I like the effect of combining material with similar cultural requirements.
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  Once again I am using a pot I made late last year.
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Today's vase is truly a Monday Vase, unlike last week's!  Do check the others posted at Rambling in the Garden!  Within the next few days I hope to post the second part of my series on the setting of the garden, but I decided to make sure of my vase this week.

Happy Monday!
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Weather Diary: Sunny; High: 82 F (28 C)/Low: 54 F (12 C)


19 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much - very happy you like it, Sandra!

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  2. What a sunny vase that is, and I love the shape of your pot too. Isn't it fascinating to find things blooming off and on throughout the year? Things clearly flower when conditions are right for them which seems so much better than being forced into flower in artificial conditions like commercial blooms

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    1. It's wonderful to know that plants can tailor their blooming to their own needs... and that the garden and gardener can work alongside. Thanks so much, Cathy!

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  3. I love your vase...and the lovely blooms. With the light you have captured both colour and texture beautifully. Golden yellows, purples, and sage green a great combination.

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    1. Thank you so much! Happily, I managed to get the photos while the light was still perfect - not something I always manage on a Monday! So glad you enjoyed these :)

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  4. I love your vase...and the lovely blooms. With the light you have captured both colour and texture beautifully. Golden yellows, purples, and sage green a great combination.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Grazyna - and welcome to the blog :)

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  6. A cheerful vase Amy,blue and yellow are a match made in heaven.

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    1. They certainly are... I was delighted to find I had enough of everything to make the combination this time!

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  7. A truly fabulous vase in a beautiful pot. I adore yellow and purple. Your vase makes me think of the desert.

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    1. It's definitely a desert-y combination, Donna! It's nice to think that yellow and purple can work with so many different types of flowers and climates, as it really is a wonderful combination. Thanks so much!

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  8. Love your bright and cheerful arrangement, Amy. Such a treat to see yellow daisies now and the purple looks perfect with them.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Elizabeth! It has certainly been a bright note with the daisies in it, and I can never get too much lavender... ;-)

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    2. So glad you enjoyed it, Elizabeth! It has certainly been a bright note with the daisies in it, and I can never get too much lavender... ;-)

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  9. A beautiful vase in my favorite color combination, Amy! I had another look at that Senna on-line - I'd love to have Senna that bloomed in spring to complement the one I have that blooms in fall/winter.

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    1. I owe some of my respect for yellow daisies to you, Kris! I do hope you can find the Senna; this one sulked for months but seems to have finally gotten its roots down and is blooming profusely. I, on the other hand, need to get one that blooms in winter... ;-)

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  10. Gorgeous color combination Amy and your pot is just beautiful!

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