We had a few friends over for dinner at the end of the week which meant bouquets for the table, the bathrooms and the living room. I went out early to cut the flowers and put the arrangements together but then I got busy and never photographed them until the next morning. A good lesson in what flowers hold up well and which ones fade overnight.
The bouquet that was the centerpiece of the dinner table should look good indefinitely — unlike the table which is clearly in morning after disarray mode.
I rarely think to cut Sedum 'Autumn Joy' before it starts to color up but decided it would look good in my new vase in its green stage. I had already done a bit of pruning on Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' and added them with the green bottom side uppermost. Lastly I added a couple of stems of Applemint for fragrance and to lighten the bouquet with a bit of white variegation.
The living room got a spray of Thalictrum along with flowers from Hosta 'Krossa Regal.' I love the frothy fragility of Thalictrum and was really disappointed that it completely faded overnight.
I brought this Maidenhair fern inside just for the evening and put it in a more dramatic container to disguise its usual utilitarian pot.
Mark's bathroom got Lilium 'Henryii' along with a leaf of Heuchera 'Lava Lamp.' This is a new Heuchera for me and it's doing very well in the garden due to its villosa heritage.
My bathroom got a mercury glass vase full of Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta and a pair of variegated Geranium leaves — two plants that I've put in so many bouquets over the years that I know they will last for more than a day.
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this Monday meme to see what other gardeners have put into a vase this week.