In a Vase: Simply Summer

Well, it has been a while since I have posted a Monday vase, and to be honest I have been thinking about this one since last week.  


Not that it is very complicated - just a handful from a few flowers that I am enjoying in the garden right now.

I used only a few types.  First, the wonderfully reliable (and brilliant) Russelia equisetiformis...

...also Pennisetum setaceum rubrum...

...and a couple of sprigs of Lavandula x intermedia, just beginning to bloom.

I gathered the elements together as if creating a hand-tied bouquet and slipped them into the small mouth of my stoneware bottle.

Thank you to Cathy for hosting IaVoM!  I have missed cutting my flowers and bringing them indoors!

Weather Diary: Partly cloudy; High: 104 F (40 C)/Low: 83 F (28 C); Humidity: 25%-63%

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Kris P (Tuesday, 17 July 2018 12:34)

    And simply elegant too, Amy. My own Pennisetum are only now showing their first tentative blooms, probably in response to the 110F temperature we reached earlier this month. Best wishes for weathering your heat and humidity. Have you had any monsoonal rain?

  • #2

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 18 July 2018 02:12)

    Thanks so much! :) We have had some rain at last, Kris - a few days later than the rest of Phoenix, and after not one but two strong dust storms. I think that was nearly 120 days with no appreciable rainfall - not a record, but not exactly the norm, even here! But at least our temperatures haven't gone as high this year... so far. It's always a bit unnerving to see SoCal getting higher temps than we have in Phoenix! The Pennisetum is such a wonderful plant for the hot months, isn't it?!!

  • #3

    Diana Studer (Saturday, 21 July 2018 17:58)

    40C is still way too high for me

  • #4

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 28 July 2018 20:27)

    Diana - It is pretty warm... ;-)

  • #5

    David C. (Wednesday, 22 August 2018 17:39)

    I somehow missed this post...

    Great combination, I need to look again and see if I like the grass / red / lavender or just the first 2 more. Though the randomness of the lavender is a good thing! Now that my locale finally got a soaking rain last night (first in weeks), I may need to keep your grass seedhead / bold flower idea in mind. Though I don't know if Rusellia grows here to be found...

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 24 August 2018 18:13)

    David C - The lavender was definitely an afterthought. ;-) Russelia has been a wonderful plant, very reliable and nearly carefree other than requiring the occasional trim. I'm not sure what the 'correct' way is, but I always end up leaving a few sprays for the hummingbirds! Mine is in a frost-protected spot, but I understand it can come back from the roots after a freeze...