Cathy often encourages us to forage for flowers to put in our Monday vases. That is exactly what I did today, albeit the foraging occurred entirely in the garden. Today's vase is bits and bobs, cultivated and (dare I say) uncultivated flowers, from a potted Sedeveria to some volunteer rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosus) that I meant to pull out months ago. (It is always nearly impossible to pull out rabbitbrush when it is in full, glorious yellow bloom. Just now it is only in bud.)
So here they are, all together in a vase: Lavandula multifida, Sedeveria x 'Sorrento', Asclepias subulata, Ericameria nauseosus, a lacy sprig of mesquite (Prosopis velutina), and furry silver foliage of Leucophyllum pruinosum 'Sierra Bouquet'.
I put them in one of my handthrown vases.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting so many lovely vases each week!
Weather Diary: Sunny and hot; High: 106 F (41 C)/Low: 86 F (30 C); Humidity: 15%-42%
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Kris P (Monday, 17 September 2018 17:47)
I love the use of the succulent as a trailing element, Amy! And I wouldn't be able to yank out the rabbitbrush when it's blooming either...
Cathy (Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:13)
Beautiful! I do love the way you photograph your vases Amy! :)
Jane (Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:05)
I love these sepia and pale yellow colours together, Amy, against the similarly coloured wall. Your vase is a lovely shape and your arrangement looks perfect in it.
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 19 September 2018 13:00)
Kris - That Sedeveria was perfect for cutting - it even has rootlets ready to go into soil! And I'm hopeless when it comes to pulling out my favorite wildflowers in full bloom!
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 19 September 2018 13:01)
Cathy - Thank you so much! It occurs to me that I've had a lot of practice now! ;-)
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 19 September 2018 13:02)
Jane - Thanks very much! During certain times of day, the sunlight is perfect in that little nicho, so it's one of my favorite places to photograph. So glad you like the vase!
Cathy (Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:49)
How I always love to see you use this vase, Amy - I do so love the shape! And today's foraged blooms seem to really complement it, as if if they were blooming out of a sand dune, or at least very sandy soil. Thinking of your lcation, is your soil very light and sandy?
Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:44)
Thank you - so glad you enjoyed it, Cathy! It was fun to be a bit more casual with the selection. ;-) My soil is a mess - mostly tight, hard clay except right up next to the house, where it is very loose fill dirt that was dumped in when the house was built. At least that gives me a range of options for drainage!
Diana Studer (Friday, 28 September 2018 17:37)
I have always admired your vases. Hope there are lots of happy customers in your future!