In a Vase: Silver and Blue

Narcissus autumn colors

As I walked out into the garden, I was greeted by a particularly strong burst of blue; initially I noticed it in the full-flowering, blue-stemmed stalks of Salvia farinacea.  Looking further, I realized I had a whole host of blues and near-blues from assorted lavenders.  I did not use all of them, only Lavandula x intermedia and L. x Goodwin's Creek Gray.

salvia farinacea and lavandula x intermedia
Salvia farinacea and Lavandula x intermedia

They seemed the perfect foil to the silvery white of this cluster of Narcissus "Autumn Colors"...

 narcissus autumn colors well as the silvery peach tones of rose "Wollerton Old Hall".

rose Wollerton Old Hall

I did not want to complicate the mix, so I slipped just these into a narrow-necked stoneware jar.

the Monday vase

There is quite a bit of blue!

the Monday vase

Thank you to Cathy for helping open our eyes to what is actually available to cut for indoor enjoyment!

rose Wollerton Old Hall

As an additional note, I decided to make up a small book of photos for this Christmas.  Just 33 color plates and no text, it's a slim, softcover volume but does have some of my favorite garden photos from this past year.  I have a handful left, and I'm making them available here on the website for $20 USD each and free shipping just about anywhere.


Visions From a Desert Garden can be ordered here if you like!

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Comments: 10
  • #1

    Cathy (Tuesday, 05 December 2017 03:07)

    A lovely combination that I would never see here Amy! I almost thought I could smell that lavender, and then I realised it was my lavender handsoap I could smell! LOL!

  • #2

    Cathy (Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:24)

    That splash of blue in your garden must have been a joy to behold - and now you have that joy inside, along with your wonderful WOH rose. So nice :)

  • #3

    Kris P (Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:57)

    It's a lovely combination, Amy. Blue flowers always make the grade in my book.

  • #4

    Diana Studer (Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:38)

    Those deep vivid blues are the colour that makes my heart sing!

  • #5

    Brian Skeys (Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:51)

    That salvia is a vivid blue perfectly complimented by the rose.

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 07 December 2017 00:18)

    Cathy@Words and Herbs - Honestly, I am surprised by it even here! I expected the Salvia and French lavender to be done and the narcissus to wait a little longer. But I'm perfectly happy with each of them! ;-) Lavender soap sounds wonderful; I need to start making soap again - it's been years since I've done it, and now I could add lavender from the garden... Mmmm...

  • #7

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 07 December 2017 00:30)

    Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - Yes, and I'm happy to report that the Salvia has lasted very well in the vase. WOH is a fabulous rose... ;-)

  • #8

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:18)

    Kris - Yes, love those blue flowers... :-) I've made plenty of room for them in this garden!

  • #9

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:34)

    Mine too, Diana!!! I've been delighted to find there are a good many desert-adapted blue flowers.

  • #10

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:53)

    Thanks, Brian! WOH rings so many changes with its color, I was lucky it was in its silvery-peach mood this time.