Having been away for the best part of a week followed by a busy weekend this post has to be a catch up on what I missed.
So I’ll begin with the long view, linking with Heather at Xeric Style. Lots of colour from the Eschscholzia californica and Cistus in today’s view from the top room window.
Here’s the view of the slope which you usually see on Thursday, again there’s lots of poppies both orange Californian ones and red European (there are more of those now so the balance of colour is changing). The star of the slope has to be the nearly black Iris ‘Before the Storm’, which is probably my favourite Bearded Iris (until I think another one is!), these are forming a wonderful clump now and so may need dividing to make more clumps and there may even be enough to spare for a ‘in a vase….’ next week.
So to the vase this week; I have two to share with you; the first I made last week as a table decoration for my MIL’s birthday lunch. It was fun picking flowers from her garden – such a different choice of plants. I used some beautiful Heuchera leaves around the base and included some Cornus foliage and un-open flowers with pure white flowers of Spirea.
Back home I used some more Dutch Iris, but I have to say I don’t like the colour of these either in the garden or in a vase so I have decided to pull them out when they’ve finished flowering this year and plant more blue or possibly yellow one . I planted these I.‘Bronze Queen’ in autumn 2010 and have always found them a difficult colour to combine with other flowers or actually to like at all. Do you find it difficult to dig up something you don’t like in the garden?
Thank you Cathy for hosting again this week, Like you I was thinking of using Aquilegea this week but decided they were looking better in the garden than the irises I finally chose.