In a Vase: The Red Roses

Today's vase is primarily about red roses.

Yes, there are accents from the pelargoniums in coral-red...

...and in scarlet.

And there are cooler-hued accents from the lavenders that are just coming into bloom now: Lavandula dentata...

...and the hybrid "Goodwin's Creek Gray."

But the main impetus came from the first open bloom on the old red hybrid tea rose "Mister Lincoln".  I wish I had cut it last night; but as I didn't, it was already fully open when I got to it this morning.  It is a lavish rose with plenty of substance and fragrance to match.

Then there was a constellation of smaller red roses from miniature "Daniela", which puts them out by the handful.  This is a lovely and extremely vigorous bush, loaded with floribunda-type clusters.

The coral and scarlet pelargoniums do their part keeping all those velvety red roses visible.

And a couple of stems of Salvia officinalis carry on the cool tones introduced by the lavenders.

With all the reds, a dark vase seemed just the thing.

Linking with the classic "In a Vase on Monday" theme with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden!

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  • #1

    Cathy (Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:14)

    This is like summer all over again for me Amy! Gorgeous roses! And of course, lavender has to go with them. (I think it is an unwritten rule! ;-) ) Love your dark vase too. My pelargoniums succumbed to the frost two nights ago, and were frozen solid in their pots, so that was that for this year. So especially nice to see yours today!

  • #2

    Summer (Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:38)

    Stunning ♥

  • #3

    AlisonC (Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:50)

    Ooh, I love this arrangement. Wonderful colours and flowers.

  • #4

    Cathy (Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:41)

    I love how the bloom seem to be pouring out of the vase in some of the pictures - such glorious reds! Thanks for sharing

  • #5

    Kris P (Tuesday, 15 November 2016 18:22)

    I like the way you balanced the warm colors with the cool tones of blue and gray. Your roses, as always, are glorious.

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 16 November 2016 12:32)

    Cathy - I quite agree about roses and lavender! It's lovely to have the roses around after letting them drowse through the summer :) Do you ever carry your pelargoniums through indoors? An acquaintance in the Midwest kept hers in a cool room through winter. I tried the same without success last summer; I wish I knew how to keep them going as I know it can be done!

  • #7

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 16 November 2016 12:33)

    Summer - Thank you so much :)

  • #8

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 16 November 2016 12:39)

    Alison - Thanks very much, and thanks for the visit! I can't leave a comment on your post at the moment (wrong computer), but I enjoyed your IVoM post. Like you, I planted my sweet peas in too much shade last year, but as this is the desert they eventually got enough sun anyway, just got off to a slow start... ;-)

  • #9

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 16 November 2016 12:41)

    Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - Thanks so much! Those reds are wonderful to have around in the garden and house both :)

  • #10

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 16 November 2016 12:43)

    Kris - That warm/cool combination was unplanned, but I couldn't leave the lavender out, once I had discovered that L. dentata had begun blooming... ;-) Thanks so much!

  • #11

    Belén Soto (Thursday, 17 November 2016 13:29)

    A combination of reds and blues really spectacular, I like the results !!
    A big hug from a Spanish gardener :)

  • #12

    Cathy (Friday, 18 November 2016 02:41)

    Hi Amy, I have tried keeping the Pelargoniums through winter, but they get terribly straggly and do take up much needed window space. But I have also taken cuttings almost every year which produces fresh young plants - I keep them almost dry once they have rooted, and then start feeding and watering in spring before potting them up and hardening them off for outdoors again. This year I didn't bother as I find they do take a long time to start flowering again the following year. :)