Cold, windy, wet weather was predicted for last night and today. Apart from a few showers, it has turned out quite mild; but the prediction had already encouraged me to cut one flower for today's vase. The enormous bud on the rose "Mister Lincoln" stood a good chance of being broken off or at least battered about if the winds blew in.
So I cut it last night and slipped it into a vase this morning. The rose had a beautifully long stem, so I tried one of my taller vases. It was too wide for a single rose. Then into another vase. It was the wrong color. Then...
Out to the garden to cut a few more flowers. After bringing them inside, it was clear they would not help blend the colors at all. So at last I cut the rose shorter and used my little stoneware bottle to hold it.
The color has blued since I brought the flower in, but it's still such a beauty.
And it is big - over five and a half inches across and not fully open yet. And fragrant. Need I say more...? (Actually I did, as I posted separately about the bush some weeks ago.)
Here it is several days ago out in the garden.
So then there were the extra flowers, which clearly needed a vase of their own.
Several stems of Senna nemophila, which is in full bloom now (with a fragrance reminiscent of chocolate, I might add)...
...and a few blooms here and there from Justicia californica...
...and a cluster of leaves and berries from Hamelia patens. Not too many berries left now, but these are still bright!
The year has certainly come in like a lion here; we have had more rain in January than I remember through all of last year.
Wishing everyone a happy week! And do check the other vases at Rambling in the Garden, where Cathy hosts In a Vase on Monday!
Weather Diary: Cloudy with rain showers; High: 59 F (15 c)/Low: 47 F (8 C); Humidity: 51%-100%