Lots of choices out there these days, but Kniphofia ‘Percy’s Pride’ just happens to be at its very best right now, so I knew that was what I wanted to feature this week.
Once I had gathered the plant material, I knew that the stems would be a jumble so I settled on this copper container with a nice patina. I’ve had some trouble with flowers not lasting very well in metal vases, so this is something of an experiment. I’ll let you know, in next week’s post, how it goes.
This was to be a study in chartreuse, so the base is several branches of Lonicera nitida ‘Lemon Beauty”. I have lots of this, all started by layering from one small plant from Cistus, acquired in 2005. Some stems of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ went in next. I like it best at this stage, before it starts to show pink. Now I had enough material in the vase to stabilize the three stems of Percy. I then began to add some golden bamboo to fill in here and there.
The finishing touch is Northern Sea Oats. It is just beginning to form the seed heads that give it its name. They will be changing color through fall, and will make it into many more bouquets before being slammed down by winter.
Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) invites you to forage in your garden for the makings of a bouquet every Monday of the year. Even if you don’t participate, you will be cheered, I’m sure, by the efforts of a growing group of bloggers.