In a Vase: Crimson and Purple

Yesterday morning I went out and discovered a near-perfect bloom on Mister Lincoln.  This was a milestone, as flowers on my hybrid teas have been opening much too fast for use in bouquets.  There have been flowers on Mister Lincoln, and many more on Sterling Silver, but I haven't been able to catch them in time even for photography, let alone for cutting.  With cooler weather (nights especially), blossoms are opening more slowly, luxuriously.


I decided to build a bouquet around that bloom of Mister Lincoln.  Red flowers are plentiful in the garden, and Lavandula multifida is blooming in a rich purple that seemed just right in combination as well.

There are pelargoniums supplied by my sister...

...there is also Lavandula multifida and Russelia equisetiformis...

...and even flowers from Hamelia patens (the orange tubular blooms) and florist's cyclamen.

And there is the flower of Mister Lincoln itself.

One can also see a cluster of greenery supplied by stems of basil (left) and leaves from the Hamelia (right).


I've used one of my handthrown vases, this one a little more angular than others in this short series of pots.  

Wishing all of you a happy week.  And a very happy Thanksgiving for those who will be celebrating on Thursday!


Thank you to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday.  Do check her post at Rambling in the Garden for links to many more vases for this week!

Weather Diary: Fair; High: 74 F (23 C)/Low: 41 F (5 C)

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Comments: 18
  • #1

    Chloris (Tuesday, 21 November 2017 02:13)

    What gorgeous rich colours, lovely vase too.

  • #2

    danger garden (Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:18)

    Congratulations on Mr. Lincoln, you found lovely company for him.

  • #3

    Cathy (Tuesday, 21 November 2017 13:04)

    Oh that contrast of blue/purple and red is so striking - what a great combination! I do hope your roses continue to give you pleasure for much longer �

  • #4

    Cathy (Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:48)

    Love that red rose Amy! Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

  • #5

    Kris P (Tuesday, 21 November 2017)

    Your high temperature is lower than ours right now, Amy! Your 'Mr Lincoln' is indeed perfect and it looks great accented by the lavender. Coincidentally, I used the same lavender this week.

  • #6

    Marcelo (Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:21)

    Amy, that's a stunning combination of red and purple shades! The red rose is a scene stealer, what a wonderful variety!

  • #7

    Christina (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:57)

    Love this rich arrangement; it would be perfect for the Christmas table too. Your temperatures are similar to ours.

  • #8

    Bec (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:46)

    That's a beautiful rose and a lovely arrangement. I love the colours and I think it would be a good arrangement for Christmas too. I hope your roses continue to bloom and give you joy. love bec xx

  • #9

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:49)

    Chloris - Thanks very much - the garden does itself proud on red flowers... ;-) But they work well here in the intense light!

  • #10

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:51)

    Thank you so much, Loree! I sometimes stop and ask myself how I've gotten so much bright red in the garden? Much is due to the hummingbirds, but their tastes certainly can't explain my penchant for plain bright red pelargoniums...

  • #11

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:56)

    Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - I do hope so too! Some of the roses are finally blooming properly; it took a long time! Must get the watering sorted for the Rose Border...!

  • #12

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:12)

    Cathy@Words and Herbs - Isn't it a wonderful rose? The first variety I ever bought, and that was because it reminded me of my grandmother's rose garden... I'm sure she grew Mister Lincoln! Wishing you a lovely day too!

  • #13

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:42)

    Kris - I've noticed that happening more often than I expect, though the weather here does have a reputation for being perfect right around Thanksgiving. ;-) That lavender has done what the rest do, sprawled much larger than anticipated (when will I learn?), so there was plenty to cut! I'm looking forward to checking your vase and other blog posts as time becomes available - hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • #14

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:44)

    Marcelo - Thank you so much! I love that rose; it was one of many my grandmother grew and the first I ever bought for my own garden. :)

  • #15

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:47)

    Thank you so much, Christina! It would perhaps be even more appropriate for Christmas; hopefully the bush will still be in bloom then, though I don't know. It has taken me three years to begin to figure out the rose seasons here... ;-) Hope you have a lovely day; this sort of weather is wonderful for garden and gardener alike!

  • #16

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:53)

    Bec -So glad you enjoyed it! There is a great deal of red and purple in my garden as the hummingbirds love those colors, and I've learned to love them too. ;-) Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  • #17

    Diana Studer (Saturday, 25 November 2017 13:54)

    Always a pleasure to enjoy your chosen flowers, and your vase.

  • #18

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Sunday, 26 November 2017 17:17)

    Diana - Thank you so much - hope you have a lovely week! :)