In a Vase on Monday – the same but different

Finding material from the garden to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly challenge is becoming harder each week.  But I did find something  to add a little interest to the evergreen foliage of two weeks ago.I think I have mentioned before that if Leonotis leonurus is cut when flowering and placed in a vase with some water that you allow slowly to evaporate, the orange flowers keep their colour and indeed look much the same as when fresh.

In a vase on Monday 16th January

In a vase on Monday 16th January

I added a few clementines to add a touch for orange colour; there are always plenty in the house at this time of year, they are delicious.

Leonotis leonurus becomes an interesting dried flower

Leonotis leonurus becomes an interesting dried flower

The tall stems of the Leonotis I left in the garden have become frosted, I’m hoping they will recover in spring as I didn’t take any cuttings last year.

flowers of Leonotis leonurus and berries from Arbutus unedo

flowers of Leonotis leonurus and berries from Arbutus unedo

All of the foliage is the same as two weeks ago, I just rearranged it in the same vase.  The berries of the Arbutus have remained attached and haven’t lost their colour so are a good choice for a vase.

With thanks to Cathy for hosting; do visit to see her interesting choice of flower for her vase this week and to find out what others have found on this very cold and windy January day.


27 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – the same but different

    • I found out by accident when I left some in a vase when I went away; when I returned the water had all gone but the flowers of the Leonotis were still bright orange. The ones in the vase are from a year ago!

    • I don’t think they are related; Leonotis is described as being a shrub from the mint family. Shrub seems a bit odd to me although I suppose the stems so get a bit woody. Maybe if it is grown somewhere that the winters are warmer it does develop into a proper shrub. I’d call mine a perennial.

  1. What a versatile flower the leonitis is – I had intended to investigate growing it here but hadn’t got round to so will definitely have to do so now (have written myself a reminder!). Having the dried flower is such an asset for winter vases, and what a shelf life it has! The splash of colour with the berries and clementines make such a welcome splash of colour – and especially for you having the real thng to enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  2. I really love the Leonotis flowers – good they can be used dried too. The flowers look like salvia flowers. Are they the same family? The orange theme with clementines is nice and warming for winter. 🙂

    • Clementines are so good here; they usually come from Sicily and the smaller ones that don’t get exported are sold at give away prices (€1 per kg), so we eat lots and I also sometimes juice them. I might even try pickling some.

  3. It’s never occurred to me that Leonotis could be used as a dried flower, Christina. I’ll have to give that a try once my plants offer a new cycle of bloom – at the moment, my remaining flowers look ragged and sad. I love how you showed the flowers off using color echoes from the clementines.

  4. Christina I love the Leonotis with its orange flowers: they are precious. Its color stands out with the green foliage. The berries of the Madroño are precious. Did you know that the Madroño and the Bear is the symbol and part of the shield of Madrid? Greetings from Margarita.

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