I have been eyeing the spent flower heads on the Arizona Rosewood (Vaquelinia californica) for a several weeks at least. Today a couple of them finally came in to make a small vase...
...along with several stems of the faithful Pennisetum setaceum rubrum.
They are happily combined in my dark brown stoneware vase; both should dry nicely, I think.
I hasten to point out that this vase is not because there are no flowers blooming in the garden at present. Things are a bit scarce, but not that bad. I just thought we would enjoy the luscious sienna hues of the Vauquelinia and the silver-brown of the grass.
Thank you to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday each week! Do check all the wonderful vases linking to her posts!
Weather Diary: Mostly clear; High: 94 F (34 C)/Low: 81 F (27 C); Humidity: 26%-49%
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David C. (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 11:02)
That spent rosewood bloom works well in a vase. At my last house, I would put in dormant grasses from my foothills hikes, and I even had a large urn with many sotol stalks...and high ceilings. Yours is proof that dormant can be just as good as flowering.
Cathy (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 11:17)
Subtle and understated, but still so elegant, Amy; thanks for sharing
Kris P (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 13:52)
Those rosewood flowers are pretty at every stage!
Cathy (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:30)
I love seeing what is currently growing for you through your vases Amy - the Pennisetum is invaluable!
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:25)
David C - Every bit as good - I also love the dried pods and stems of Hesperaloes, despite the risk of spilling seeds all over. I love the idea of sotol stalks for indoor decor :)
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:30)
Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - Thanks so much :) I think I need to do some more dried vases?!
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:34)
Kris - They really are! It's a wonderful little tree/shrub in every way... :)
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:43)
Cathy@Words and Herbs - The Pennisetum was such a wonderful addition. It took me a long time to warm up to using ornamental grasses, but I love them now! :)