In a Vase: Summer Thoughts

It is that time of year: Caesalpinia pulcherrima and Catharanthus roseus are taking over the task of keeping color in the garden.  While the former does not take kindly to being cut, the latter is tolerably good in a vase.  The individual flowers are short-lived but the cut stem will continue to open new blooms, so I like to go ahead and use it sometimes.

But if the summer tropicals are setting the pace in the garden, a few roses are still keeping up, notably the miniatures.  'Daniela' is loaded with bloom.

Others in the vase are the long, slender-stemmed Russelia equisetiformis and a cluster of orange Hamelia patens, another tropical which has just begun blooming for the summer.

Hamelia patens

A Monday vase is better late than never, I hope?!  Anyway, here it is, with many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for encouraging us to make sure there are usually some flowers indoors as well as out in the garden!

Weather Diary: Sunny with blowing dust; High: 90 F (32 C)/Low: 72 F (22 C); Humidity: 8%-48%

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Cathy (Friday, 25 May 2018 16:25)

    The effect of the red blooms in your terracotta vase is SO effective, and they are enhaced by the shape of it too - such a pleasing combination

  • #2

    Diana Studer (Friday, 25 May 2018 17:36)

    the slender tubes are Russelia?

  • #3

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 29 May 2018 21:59)

    Thank you so much, Cathy - I do love red flowers! ;-)

  • #4

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 29 May 2018 22:03)

    Diana - The very slender tubes in the fourth photo are from the Hamelia; the ones with the open lips are Russelia.

  • #5

    David C. (Saturday, 02 June 2018 14:41)

    Those reds are stunning with the brown-ish background. Including the white centers on the remaining roses. "Sunny with blowing dust..." - yep.

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 02 June 2018 23:54)

    Thanks, David! I love using red flowers here; they show up against the bright sunlight and our pale quartz soil lol! And yes, plenty of blowing dust - I'm now trying to get a reasonable bid on repairing a section of concrete block wall that just came down in a dust devil... :/