Heading into summer, I had a lot of material availabe to use in a vase today. I had already decided to use some of the secondary blooms from the sunflowers, which are beginning to go to seed. So it made sense to select some other flowers from the same color range.
There is lantana...
...and plenty of Berlandiera lyrata, the wonderful chocolate flower. Fortunately for vasemaking, it remains open in indoor light, despite a tendency to close under extremely high midday sun.
There are chrysanthemums from my impulse buy last fall, which decided to go on a blooming spree.
There is a single bloom of Aquilegia chrysantha "Swallowtail"...
...and a small sprig of Tagetes lucida aka Mexican tarragon. I would have used more, but the plant is not large enough yet.
But I suppose the most astonishing addition is foliage and flowers from my tomato vine.
I intend to write a post about the tremendous tomato soon. Suff￼ice to say, it needed trimming back to allow me to walk along my garden paths. I felt a few stems could come indoors for today's vase, to which it adds a nice airy effect from the flowers and a tousled look from the many-angled leaves. Initially it wilted down but then perked up again when settled in the vase.
As you can see, it was quite a mix of flowers!
I used one of my recent handbuilt vases (coiled, not thrown), this one in a dark earthenware clay.
And now I need to start my next batch of sunflower seeds for late season bloom...