Sunday, June 5, 2011

Monday, Flower Day!

Quite a challenge this week, Jane.*

Altho the garden is awash in the prettiest yellow you can imagine, I realized again just how lacking my garden is in flowers to cut.

While the daylilies are going crazy [Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns'] and spreading their pale yellow sunshine all over, the hydrangeas are just beginning to open and about the only other flowers I have at the moment are in the pots I just made up and the small dahlias that I planted last weekend.

Hydrangeas it is! And a happy discovery: the first flush of alstromeria [Alstroemeria 'Sweet Laura' PP # 10030]. While they are way too orange for my taste, I love the flowers and they bloom with abandon all summer long. So in they went. Now, what to do to pull those two colors together? something burgundy... Loropetalum 'Pizazz' TM for my "greenery" and voila.

The more I looked at it, the less I liked it - all that dark golden yellow makes me think fall, not spring or summer. Another tour of the "fields" and I found a few things that more nearly meet my color needs!

A few coneflowers [Echinacea purpura], some pastel yarrow, the last of the primroses [Oenothera berlandieri 'Siskiyou'] and one lone purple salvia [Salvia nemorosa 'Marcus'] - this is a color grouping more to my liking!
*If you are not already looking at all the Monday Flowers, be sure to visit the instigator - Flower Jane at Small But Charming to get in on the fun, or to see who else has flowers in the house this lovely Monday.