It is that time of year: Caesalpinia pulcherrima and Catharanthus roseus are taking over the task of keeping color in the garden. While the former does not take kindly to being cut, the latter is tolerably good in a vase. The individual flowers are short-lived but the cut stem will continue to open new blooms, so I like to go ahead and use it sometimes.
I am amazed that I am using roses again today. We had a bout of near-record high heat (for this time of year) for about a week, with temperatures suddenly shooting up to around 100 F/38 C after a rather short spring. While there will be much higher temperatures as the summer goes on, it was the rapid rise that left me and the garden breathless and wondering what would happen next. The roses, in particular, were not a bit happy with the situation.
Fortunately, we have got a reprieve this week, with more seasonal highs in the upper eighties. I am hoping this will give the garden a chance to better adjust before things get really hot again! I need to make the most of the time by making sure everything is well-mulched, but today it is time for Cathy's In a Vase on Monday
Iris 'Abbondanza' - so far it's the only bearded iris to flower reliably in this garden, but what a beauty it is! It opens brilliant yellow blooms with tangerine shading at the center, brightening into orange beards.
The garden has been very kind. Despite my relative neglect lately (it's been hard to think what I'm doing without my little gardening companion), the garden has gone ahead and bloomed in full measure this April. Hippeastrum, Iris, and Trichocereus flowers have been among the most spectacular, but nowhere is the goodwill more in evidence than with the roses. They need to be mulched, and they need a good feeding, but many are flowering well anyway.
So today, let us celebrate the arrival of roses with In a Vase on Monday!