Strong winds and overcast skies were the rule today, and this week's vase was disarranged by the wind as I took it outside to photograph it. However, fortunately it was the sort that can stand a little mussing since it consisted mostly of just two types of flowers loosely combined. Bright pink bougainvillea bracts...
...and white lantana...
...are both in plentiful supply. There are also a couple of stems of artemisia tucked in at the base.
I used one of my handthrown stoneware pots, which was large enough to hold all the stems I picked.
Being from a woody plant, the bougainvillea sprays were soaked for about five minutes in boiled water, a technique that seems to be working for them. Otherwise, I find the stems are quite prone to wilting, leaving the bright, crepey bracts all drooped and crumpled. This batch is holding up well so far.
The tiny true flowers of the bougainvillea are white, a fact that inspired the combination with the white-blooming lantana.
Thank you to Cathy for the encouragement to cut garden flowers for the house each week. Do check the other vases inspired by the IaVoM theme at Rambling in the Garden!