I had little time to prepare a vase today, so these flowers were subjected to a rapid picking and poking this afternoon. Fortunately, they are mostly forgiving sorts!
I used my smallest stoneware bud vase and was again reminded how much more material I have for even a tiny vase nowadays. This is rose "Sterling Silver" -- that most elegant rose, finally back in bloom -- in combination with very small chrysanthemum flowers, a first-ever sprig of Salvia leucantha "Santa Barbara", and a leafy twig of Leucophyllum laevigatum "Sierra Bouquet".
Leucophyllum laevigatum "Sierra Bouquet" has unusually furry, curly leaves.
The Salvia is worth a little more mention. It has been biding its time near the bottom of the South Border since last spring. It began putting on some growth recently, and now the fuzzy flowers are appearing. In general, Salvias do quite well in this garden, so I look forward to seeing more from this particular one!
Linking (with apologies for the brevity of this post!) with In a Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden...
Weather Diary: Fair; High: 94 F(34 C)/Low: 68 F(20 C); Humidity: 17%-50%
Cathy (Tuesday, 11 October 2016 11:49)
I recognised that rose when I saw the picture as it has appeared before and I remember its unusual colour. The fuzzy leaves of the salvia are unusual and are a good foli for the rose. I am only just beginning to appreciate what a wide range of salvias there are and that they are not all hardy, not here anyway. Thanks for sharing
Kris P (Tuesday, 11 October 2016)
The rose is lovely, as is the little vase. FYI, you may want to check the security setting for your site. My own https setting somehow got turned off and I noticed the same warning on your site this morning.
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 11 October 2016 16:36)
Cathy@Rambling - Salvias have proven their worth in this garden; most have been very reliable, so I have begun adding unfamiliar species fairly casually. Salvia leucantha is reportedly hardy to 25 F (-4 C). And of course, good drainage might be an issue; mine is unfortunately planted in the clay part of the garden, which might be one reason it took so long to really start growing.
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 11 October 2016 16:38)
Kris - Thanks for the heads-up! I'll have to check on that. It was fun to use my bud vase for the first time in many months. I used it frequently for IaVoM at first, when I had only a few flowers to put in... ;-)
Cathy (Wednesday, 12 October 2016)
Love that rose Amy. Such a pretty colour! :)
Hollis (Wednesday, 12 October 2016 09:24)
What a great combination of colors! beautiful photos, nice way to start the morning.
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 12 October 2016 14:21)
Cathy@WordsandHerbs - Thanks so much. It's a favorite of mine, and luckily grows quite well here!
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 12 October 2016 14:24)
Hollis - So glad you enjoyed them :) It was fun putting the fairly muted colors together as so much of my garden is unabashedly bright ;-)