Summer is glorious but I have always been drawn to the subtlety of the muted tones as things wind down in the garden. Here is the latest example: Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ has been starring in a parade of bouquets at Joy Creek. It lasts and lasts. This week the supporting cast is especially strong: Cotinus ‘Grace’ and Hydrangea quercifolia foliage, the fading blooms of Hydrangea ‘King George’ and several plumes of Miscanthus ‘Cosmopolitan’.
Meanwhile, at home, Iris ‘Immortality’ is gifting me with a second flush of blooms. I like a single flower, backed up by a branch of Ponciris trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon’ (those wicked thorns would do any dragon proud), complete with three of its fruits. It should be fun to see what others are finding to put in a vase as the choices dwindle with the season. Go to Rambling in the Garden to get in on the act.
Both are lovely and nicely autumnal!
Thanks, Eliza…your comments are always much appreciated.
There is something special about faded hydrangea blooms, a quality of colour not seen anywhere else, and with grasses the effect is especially lovely. And you have irises blooming still? What a great combination your bloom makes with that Flying Dragon twig – thanks for sharing, rickiii
finally seem to have gotten the hang of keeping Hydrangea blooms looking fresh…easier as they fade.
Wow, Ricki, you have a talent for the autumn arrangements!
When we love something, i guess it shows.