This week's vase was intended to make use of the Calendulas while they last. And of course, I couldn't leave out roses! Then there was the chrysanthemum which has just begun to bloom. Not surprisingly, I quickly found I had quite an assortment of flowers, which perhaps is as it should be for the first of May.
There is rose "Wollerton Old Hall"...
...and there are two colors each of Calendula and Lantana.
And there are the bronze-colored chrysanthemums.
Having cut all of those, I added some bits and pieces, such as a Tetraneuris acaulis and Cuphea ignea "Vermillionaire"...
...and a couple of sprays from the delightfully long-blooming Aloe "Firebird".
With all those warm and sometimes earthy colors, I combined them in my earthenware vase, handbuilt from simple red clay. Yellow and bronze on one side...
And orange tones on the other.
Wishing everyone a very happy month of May! Thank you, as always, to the lovely Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for inventing and hosting In a Vase on Monday!
Weather Diary: Fair; High: 93 F (34 C)/Low: 57 F (14 C); Humidity: 6%-33%
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Kris P (Tuesday, 02 May 2017 12:36)
Chrysanthemums! Is that normal timing for blooms in the desert? Whatever the case, it's a beautiful arrangement, Amy. You can't go wrong with that rose. If I ever see it offered locally, I'm going to snatch it up, even if I have no place to put it.
Cathy (Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:06)
Gorgeous. Like summer! I am very taken by your white Lantana. I am hoping to find one for a summer pot this year. :)
Hollis (Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:37)
Great colors! The yellows, oranges and reds feel so summery!
AlisonC (Tuesday, 02 May 2017 15:02)
These colours are so good together and the vase is just perfect. The rose is wonderful and it's such a beautiful shape. It's going on my list, and Calendula are about my favourite flower. If I had to pick one, that would be it.
Cathy (Tuesday, 02 May 2017)
Oh you are always teasing me with your lovely Wollerton Old Hall...I really haven't space to add it here but I do love it :) Your earthenware pot is perfect to bring out the orange and yellow bronze tones - great choices all round!
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 04 May 2017 01:54)
Kris - The chrysanthemums' bloom time is wonky, isn't it?! But this happened last year too, so I think it must be normal here. I bought and planted them for autumn bloom, then they went on to flower again in spring. So I get two bloom periods out of them even if they don't make it through summer (the first one didn't). The rose is a wonderful one - probably my top pick of the ones I'm growing right now :) I ordered it directly from David Austin, but that meant I could get it own root, which I think was good.
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 04 May 2017 02:17)
Cathy@Words and Herbs - I hope you can find the lantana! The white is such a fresh, cool color, I really love it. Thanks so much :)
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 04 May 2017 02:23)
Thanks very much, Hollis - Those warm colors do seem just right for the season, and it's nice to think that some will continue blooming during the summer :)
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 04 May 2017 02:29)
Alison - Thank you so much :) I am asking myself why I never grew Calendulas before this; I'm enjoying them tremendously! The rose is such a beauty and a good grower, at least here... ;-)
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 04 May 2017 02:32)
Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - Somehow I do seem to be doing a lot of PR for Wollerton Old Hall - the rose, at any rate! But in a month or two, you will be teasing me with The Poet's Wife, so all will be even, except that I might possibly find some space... ;-)
Diana Studer (Friday, 05 May 2017 15:53)
those lush full roses are perfectly paired with the round terracotta vase.
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 06 May 2017 21:12)
Thank you so much, Diana! :)