Monday, February 29, 2016

In a Vase on Monday: Spring won't be denied

Despite our unseasonably warm weather this month, I've hung on to the notion that it's still winter.  While I know most gardeners long for spring, winter means rain here and I've been obsessed with rain of late.  But the truth is that spring arrived weeks ago here in coastal Southern California and it can no longer be denied as the bouquets prepared for today's "In a Vase on Monday" demonstrate.  Rain may still arrive, or it may not.  I'm no longer counting on it.

This weekend, as I was cleaning one of my most neglected garden areas, I discovered 2 flower stalks on one of my Cymbidiums.  One was already blooming and the top-heavy unsupported stalk was trailing on the ground.  I decided to cut it for use in this week's vase where it could be enjoyed.

Front view

Back view

I stuffed this vase with more flowers and foliage than I should have.  I'm blaming this on the fact that the garden presented me with too many options.  Yes, spring has most definitely arrived!

Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Cymbidium Sussex Court 'Not Peace'*; Freesia; Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy'; Laurus nobilis, shown with its bright green new foliage and its unopened flower clusters; and Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl'.   *I'm unable to find any explanation for the name of that Cymbidium, although an on-line search substantiated that this is its correct name.

The Ceanothus hedge in the front garden is also coming into bloom and I was unable to ignore it either.  I don't think I've ever used the Ceanothus in a vase so I was inspired to see what I could do with it.

Front view

Top view

I'd planned to stick to blue and white with this arrangement but the centers of the white daisies prompted me to add another touch of yellow.

Top row: the noID Ceanothus
Bottom row: Argyrantemum frutescens, Freesia, and a bi-color Pericallis hybrid

With the garden in overdrive, I could easily have produced a few more vases but I restrained myself.

The orchid arrangement sits on the dining room table, where I hope the sunlight will prompt the last 2 buds to open

The blue/white/yellow arrangement that screams spring sits in the front entryway.  The toad that normally sits there has been temporarily replaced with blue bird salt-and-pepper shakers I inherited from my mother-in-law.

Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other gardeners have found for their vases this week.

All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

Friday, February 26, 2016

And the award goes to...

I don't watch the Oscars but Los Angeles is a company town and it's hard to escape the relentless coverage leading up to Sunday's event so it seemed an appropriate lead-in to a post on my favorite plants this February.  If I were giving awards to plants in my February garden, top honors would have to go to the Osteospermums.  These plants are usually at their best during the cooler months here.  The excessively warm weather we had through November slowed the start of their show and I've been concerned that our unusually warm (and dry) February would stall out their performance but such is not the case.  Osteospermum of all types are in bloom throughout the garden but I'll restrict this post to just a few.

Osteospermum 'Blue-eyed Beauty' blooms on shorter stems than many of the others in its genus but it's literally blanketed in flowers.  These were planted from 4-inch pots in December 2014 so they've aptly demonstrated their ability to handle both heat and drought conditions.

Osteospermum 'Pink Spoon', planted in February 2014, wins with its unusual flower petals

Osteospermum 'Summertime Sweet Kardinal', planted in January 2015, gets an award for top performance of a flowering plant in my dry garden.  And doesn't it complement Leucadendron 'Ebony' (on the right) beautifully? 

Some of my Grevilleas also got off to a slow start on their bloom cycle this year.

Grevillea alpina x rosmarinifolia may have small flowers but it puts on an impressive performance and continues to gain stature in the south side garden

Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola' bloomed about a month later this year but it's no less floriferous than in prior years

I'm not going to show Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' or 'Superb' in this post.  Even though both are still blooming and will probably continue to do so off and on throughout the year, they're at risk of overexposure on this blog so they're shying away from publicity right now.  However, did you notice that birdbath-style succulent planter in the wide shot of Grevillea 'Penola' above?  I'm very impressed by the Agave titanota 'White Ice' that forms its centerpiece.

Look at that cool color, those leaf imprints and the graceful form of those thorns!

The warm weather has also brought out the blooms on our Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis).  The blooms don't last long so they surely deserve notice when they make their annual appearance.

Regrettably, the Cercis occidentalis has a poor backdrop for her publicity shot

Like every movie, every garden has valuable supporting players.  One of the most notable this month is Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold'.

I grow Coleonema 'Sunset Gold' for its chartreuse foliage color but it does a great job in the bloom category too

Like the Oscars, awards are made in many categories that contribute to the final product.  I took photos of other plants but, unlike the Oscars, I'm not going to stretch out this post with a lot of supplemental awards, yet I do want to share one more.  The award for best lighting in late afternoon goes to: Bulbine frutescens.

Making a late afternoon pass through the back garden with my camera, I couldn't help but notice how the Bulbine glowed

With that, I'll turn you over to Loree at danger garden, the host of this monthly favorite plants wrap-up.

All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday Vignettes: Spring jewels

Last week, the morning after it rained (yes, we got 0.53 inches of rain last week!), I looked out the window of my office and my heart almost stopped.  I saw a small but bright pink ball of color.  Could it be?  It had been nearly 2 years.  I'd pretty much given up hope.  Maybe the same delusions that had me imagining snow when I saw the flower petals of our Pyrus calleryana falling had returned in a different form?  But no, a closer look proved that it wasn't a figment of my imagination.

The bloom I spied through the window

This is Paeonia cambessedesii, also known as the Majorcan Peony.  The first time I tried to get this plant, available as part of a limited supply offer from Annie's Annuals & Perennials, I pushed the "submit" button a moment too late and lost out.  The second time I received notice of its availability, I didn't dilly-dally with other selections - I placed my order immediately.  I planted it from a 4-inch pot in March 2014.  It didn't flower that year or in 2015 and I frankly held out little hope.  My history with peonies is a sad one.  Many years ago, I tried planting a herbaceous peony.  Knowing that our winter chill was probably insufficient to satisfy the plant's needs, I tried fooling it by depositing ice on top of the soil at periodic intervals throughout the winter months.  I knew it was harebrained idea but I really, really love peonies.  Needless to say, that experiment was unsuccessful.  Next, I planted a tree peony.  After 3 or 4 years of nothing, I got one flower, then years and years of nothing.  After we moved into our current home in 2010, I planted another tree peony.  Nothing.  Then, in 2013, I planted an Itoh peony, an intersectional hybrid advertised as suitable to warmer Southern California areas.  It came with buds but it hasn't bloomed since it was first planted.  For a tiny specimen, the price for the Majorcan peony was relatively high but I had to try, didn't I?

This photograph was taken 2 days after the bud opened

So, maybe this will be a repeat of my tree peony experience but, as the saying goes, hope springs eternal.  The plant is still dinky - no more than 4 inches in diameter - but it's alive and it's produced a bloom!  I put my name back on Annie's wish list to receive notice when more of these plants become available.

Unlike the peony, the other spring jewels in my garden this week are not at all shy, although they can be difficult to photograph.  But the other day when I was on the back patio cutting my husband's hair, a job I somehow got drafted to perform many years ago and, despite my best efforts, haven't been able to pass off to a more qualified party, I was repeatedly buzzed by the local hummingbirds.  Standing between them and their feeder, they apparently decided that I posed no threat - or they were simply too embroiled in fighting with one another to worry about me.  So, when I finished with my chore, I sat down with my camera aimed at their feeder.  Mine is a point-and-click camera so the quality isn't great but I was still pleased to get such close shots.

I believe this is a female Rufous hummingbird.  Unfortunately, the colorful male Rufous that visited the feeder several times during my husband's haircut chose not to return once I had my camera in hand.

I believe this is a male Anna's hummingbird.  Anna's are residents here year-round but Rufous, described by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as the "feistiest hummingbird in North America" are short-term visitors.

My last shot is fuzzier still but I thought you might enjoy it.  It's the first time I've been mooned by a hummingbird.

For more Wednesday vignettes, visit Anna at Flutter & Hum.

All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

Monday, February 22, 2016

In a Vase on Monday: Keeping things simple

In my last "In a Vase on Monday" post, I commented that African daisies don't make great vase material because many of the flowers close in low light.  After that pronouncement, I couldn't help wondering if Gazania 'Sunbathers Otomi' wouldn't fare better given its ruffled center disk.  Late last week, as I made what's become my weekly spin through my local garden center, I came across a new edition of another favorite African daisy, Osteospermum '3D Silver'.  The new release was labeled '4D Silver' and its tag declared that it doesn't close at night.  Like G. 'Otomi', '4D Silver' has a dense central disk.  With that point in mind, I decided I was going to try 'Otomi' in a vase.

Gazania 'Sunbathers Otomi' in my garden, as shown in my February Bloom Day post

While I considered a variety of flowers to accent the Gazanias, I ended up keeping the arrangement simple with just 3 ingredients.

Completed arrangement in my sunny kitchen

The ingredients include: Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey' (recycled from last week's vase), Gazania 'Sunbathers Otomi', and Ribes viburnifolium (aka Catalina perfume currant)

So far, so good.  The outer flower petals do curl up some as the light level drops but the flowers don't close completely as my other Gazanias do.

On the left, the vase on the east-facing dining room table in late morning; on the right, the vase in the late afternoon with the east side of the house already in shadow

Did I stop at one vase this week?  No, of course not.  The garden is literally full of flowers and I'd already cut some others with the prospect of including them in the vase with the Gazanias.  However, I kept each of my vases simple this week.

Vase #2 has just 2 elements.

I couldn't ignore the yellow Freesia in bloom in several areas of the garden but I decided that it would overwhelm vase #1 and detract from the Gazanias

This small vase includes just Freesia and the flowers of the succulent, Graptopetalum 'Darley Sunshine'

It sits next to my computer where I can enjoy the Freesia's perfume

Vase #3 may be my favorite this week.  It sings that spring is in the air (even if our temperatures are headed into summer-like territory again this week).

A Narcissus I planted our first year in this house began to open just after Bloom Day

This vase includes Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum', Lantana montevidensis, and the noID Narcissus

I would have placed this vase in the front entryway but our Santa Ana winds are scheduled to return today and I've already lost 2 of my lighter-weight vases to brisk winds sweeping through the front door so this one sits safely on the bedroom mantle

As for my future vases, you can expect to see that Osteospermum I mentioned at the top of my post.  I didn't leave it sitting in the garden center.

3 Osteospermum '4D Silver' in 6-inch pots came home with me

Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other bloggers have put together with materials on hand this week.

All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

Friday, February 19, 2016

Need help creating a water-saving garden?

With drought conditions impacting many areas of the world, more gardeners are looking for ways to save water.  My husband and I have been water conscious for years - we installed our first drip irrigation system in the tiny garden I tended at our former home - but our consciousness was raised to a new level when we moved into our current place in December 2010.  Not only was our new property much larger and our water bill correspondingly much higher, but California entered a period of severe drought in 2012, complicating matters further.  Public notices about the drought began in 2013.  We began voluntary conservation measures in 2014 and, in 2015, mandatory water restrictions were implemented.  We'd managed to reduce our water use by about 25% in 2014 but the 36% reduction required of my community in 2015 (in relation to 2013 usage levels) was still painful.  With no end to the drought in sight, water saving remains an ongoing concern that informs most of my gardening decisions.  I'm constantly looking for ideas to up my game so I was very pleased when Pam Penick, author of the blog, Digging, and a book on lawn alternatives, Lawn Gone!, asked me if I'd like an advance copy of her newest book, The Water Saving Garden.  Of course, I said yes!

Reprinted with permission from The Water-Saving Garden, by Pam Penick, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Pam's new book is a logical extension of some of the themes in her prior book, which I've had on my shelf since it was published in 2013.  Pam pointed out that lawns don't make sense in many areas of the country, like the arid US Southwest, where they require unreasonable amounts of water to be kept looking good.  While I removed the lawn in my former garden because it was tiny and I didn't want to give up the space to something as boring as sod, I began removing lawn in stages in our current garden almost immediately after moving in largely because it was a water hog.  I admit that the decision to eliminate all of our remaining lawn, a step we took this past fall, wasn't easy but seeing photos of lawn-less gardens, like those in Pam's book, her blog, and other publications, got me over the hump.

Photo of my front garden in December 2011 when it still was mostly lawn (left) and the same area in 2015 following removal of the lawn and replanting

Recognizing that many people have reservations about low-water gardens based on preconceived notions about what those gardens are like, Pam starts her new book with a look at a range of water-saving gardens in different styles and different parts of the country.  She points out that reducing water use doesn't automatically dictate use of cactus and rock.  While I've become very interested in succulents in recent years and portions of my garden are allocated to such plants, I also rely heavily on a range of Mediterranean plants that are adapted to drought conditions.  Very few people who see my Grevilleas and Leucadendrons turn up their noses.  In fact, some seem to think I must be gaming the water restrictions with such beautiful specimens in my garden.

Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' in my front garden

And almost everyone who strolls along our street offers positive comments on my succulent garden.

The second section of Pam's book is focused on water capture and retention.  Her suggestions include everything from permeable paving to the use of rain barrels to increasing shade cover.  We were lucky enough to inherit permeable paving with our current house.

The permeable paving in our front driveway, sporting moss growing between the pavers after rain

We've added flagstone paths as we've removed our lawns but all of these have ample spacing to allow rain to seep into the soil.

The gaps between our flagstones are filled with creeping thyme

As anyone who regularly reads my blog knows, I advocate rain collection.  I brought one 50-gallon rain barrel with me when we moved in but I've since added 2 more, a 160-gallon tank and a behemoth 265-gallon tank, which in total has given me 475 gallons of water collection capacity.  My collected rainwater has seen me through some difficult dry periods, while allowing us to keep our water usage well below the budget allocated by our water service provider, despite our 36% reduction target.  As Pam points out in her book, it's truly amazing how much rain one can collect off the average roof.  I was down to about 50 gallons of rainwater earlier this week but, with just over a half inch of rain on Wednesday night, I estimate I'm back up close to 350 gallons.

My largest rain tank, situated out of sight behind our garage, collects rain from the roof gutters 

If time and circumstances permit it, I also collect rain flowing down the rain chain outside our dining room in trugs.  I use some of this to water plants under roof overhangs with any excess going into whichever collection tank still has capacity.

Pam's book also describes ways of sculpting gardens to retain rainwater using berms, microbasins, swales and terraces.  I've done a little experimenting with the first two but, had I read her book earlier, I think I would have factored these strategies into my plans in a more deliberate way.

The third section of the book is focused on planting.  Losing, or at least shrinking, lawn areas is one theme.  In addition, Pam emphasizes use of adapted natives (with appropriate admonitions to define "natives" in terms of one's own microclimates), as well as other adapted plants.  Importantly, she also emphasizes the need to time planting with the needs of the plants in mind.  In California, if not all of the Southwest, that means doing the majority of one's planting in the fall.  I got that message years ago but continue to be frustrated by the difficulty of procuring the plants I want within the right planting window.  Local nurseries and garden centers generally sell most plants when they're in bloom or about to bloom rather than when they should be planted to ensure the development of healthy root structures.  In time, I hope they'll adjust their practices and expend more effort educating their customers.  I know from experience that planting at other times here, even in early spring, can be a recipe for disappointment.

The fourth section of Pam's book addresses the creation of the illusion of water in the garden.  This is a topic I haven't seen covered much in other books dealing with drought, water-saving or summer-dry gardens.  She talks about the value of recirculating water features and the use of both plants and stone to evoke the impression of plentiful water to visually cool garden spaces.  Like all the other sections of her book, this one is accompanied by lots of beautiful photos to prompt the reader's thought processes.

This photo from my own garden shows just how a simple recirculating fountain adds life to a garden

The final section of Pam's new book is a selection of 101 water-saving plants.  Of the plants she listed, I have more than one third in the same genera, if not always the same species.  My beloved Grevilleas and Leucadendrons didn't make the list but I admit that they're not adapted to broad sections of the country so I'll forgive Pam that omission.

Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder' in my front garden

Pam's offer of the book was without obligation.  I offer this review out of my own enthusiasm for the book and the subject matter.  If you're concerned about water conservation but aren't sure how to get started, or simply want to step up your game by creating a more sustainable garden, I recommend picking up Pam's book.  It's scheduled for release on February 23rd but advance orders can be placed now.

All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Foliage Follow-up - February 2016

The Santa Ana winds are blowing here again and it's uncomfortably hot and dry.  I came home this afternoon to find my husband had turned on the air conditioning, which I think is a first for February.  Although we ran the irrigation system in the wee hours of the morning, by late afternoon almost everything still looked a little parched so finding subjects for this month's foliage follow-up, the meme hosted by Pam of Digging, posed something of a challenge.  I focused on succulents, many of them in pots.

I received my very own circle pot as a Christmas gift from my husband.  Rather than hang it, I have it sitting on our patio table.  I stuffed it with succulent cuttings from my garden, mostly Aeonim arboreum and Aeonium 'Kiwi'.

I planted this succulent bowl a few months ago.  Its centerpiece is Kalanchoe 'Fantastic', picked up on a Santa Barbara plant shopping trip with a friend in November, along with what I think are 3 Aloe brevifolia.  Cuttings of other succulents from my garden were used to fill in.

This hanging planter was a Christmas gift from my wonderful sister-in-law.  It contains Echeveria 'Blue Prince', noID pale blue Echeveria, Graptopetalum 'Darley Sunshine' and miscellaneous cuttings from my garden.

Not all of my succulents are happy as the next photo shows but even unhappy succulents can be pretty.

The same green Aeonium arboreum was used in both of the areas shown here but those on the left are planted on a dry slope in an area which currently has little protection from the sun, while those on the right receive more regular irrigation and half-day shade.

Succulents that receive some shade generally seem to fare better when the temperatures soar.

This Agave 'Blue Flame' gets partial shade during the hottest part of the afternoon

But others develop the best color when they're stressed a bit.

I apologize for the quality of this photo but it does show how nicely both Aloe dorotheae and Crassula pubescens ssp. radicans (surrounded by Agave 'Blue Glow') color up when given a healthy dose of sun.

We've got a chance of rain late Wednesday into Thursday but, based on prior experience this season, my expectations are low.  Forecasters expect temperatures to drop 15-20 degrees tomorrow but, by the end of the week, the ridge of high pressure is expected to return, sending temperatures back up.  It's not the winter we expected in Southern California.

For other foliage highlights, visit Pam at Digging.

All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

Monday, February 15, 2016

Bloom Day & In a Vase on Monday - February Floral Explosion

Although I've complained mightily about the heat and lack of rain this month, the garden seems to be no worse for either (although I'm rapidly depleting my store of collected rainwater).  Last week's warm temperatures, which are expected to continue through at least mid-week, have prompted a floral explosion.  Everywhere I look, something new is blooming or preparing to bloom.  For this month's Bloom Day post, the meme sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, I've organized my photos by garden area.  (Warning: this is a photo-heavy post.)

In the back garden, several genera are beating the drums:

All the Argyranthemum frutescens are blooming, including the pale pink number on the right I thought I'd pulled out 2 years ago

The Gazanias love the heat! Clockwise from the top: G. 'Sunbathers Otomi', G. 'Orange Flame', G. 'Gold Flame' and G. 'New Day Yellow'

Most of the Grevillea are in bloom, including G. alpina x rosmarinifolia and G. 'Ned Kelly' shown here

The Hebes are joining in, from left to right: H. 'Grace Kelly', H. 'Patty's Purple' and H. 'Wiri Blush'

The Osteospermum have also taken off, from the left: O. 'Blue-eyed Beauty', O. '3D Berry White' and O. 'Spoon Pink'

Although the heat is once again proving that Violas are a poor investment here, they're hanging on like troupers (but I'll probably pull them in March unless we get rain as they're overly thirsty plants)

A miscellaneous collection of other flowers have joined the parade:

Top row: Crocus (a surprise from a batch planted our first year here), Ipheon, and self-seeded Cerinthe major purpurascens
Middle row: Papaver nudicuale, Solanum xanti, and Verbena lilicina
Bottom row: Felicia aethiopica, Cyclamen (another foolish impulse purchase) and noID Narcissus

In the succulent category, from the left: Aloe striata, Bryophyllum manginii, and Bulbine frutescens

The front garden also has a number of attention-seeking plants:

Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' got a later start this year but is now blooming like gangbusters 

Gazania 'White Flame' continues to provide nearly year-round bloom in the front garden (where the squirrels are less likely to eat the flowers than in the backyard)

For once, Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' (left) is flowering on Bloom Day, shown here with G. 'Superb' and G. 'Pink Midget'

Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder' actually has colored bracts that just look like flowers.  I couldn't help showing it yet again as, within the space of just over a week, it underwent a significant color change.

Other flowers in bloom in the front garden include, clockwise from the left: Bauhinia x blakeana, Argyranthemum frutescens, Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold', Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy', Lavandula multifida, Pelargonium 'Vectris Glitter' and Tropaeolum major

The area next to the garage has gained a lot of new floral color since I planted it following removal of the lawn, although two plants inherited with the house are playing the starring roles right now.

Calliandra haematocephala (pink powder puff) is in full flower and the bees are happy

Pyrus calleryana (ornamental pear tree) has produced a gentle snowfall of white petals since last week.  Planted below are (clockwise from the upper right): Arctotis 'Opera Pink', 2 hybrid cultivars of Pericallis, Rhodanthemum hosmariense (Moroccan daisy), and more Viola.

Surviving on very low water diets, even the dry garden on the northeast side of the house and the slope below have flowers to offer.

The current star of my dray garden is this Osteospermum 'Summertime Sweet Kardinal'

Other blooms in the dry garden include, clockwise from the upper left, Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola', Grevillea 'Scarlet Sprite', Lavandula 'Goodwin's Creek Grey', Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl', Leucadendron salignum 'Chief' (another plant whose bracts just look like flowers), and my neighbor's Brugmansia peeking over our fence

Down on the back slope are, clockwise from the left, Ribes viburnifolium (Catalina perfume currant), a noID dwarf bearded Iris, trailing Lantana, prostrate rosemary, and the first calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) to bloom

Not wishing to be ignored, even the south side garden, the lower level running along the street and the vegetable garden have a few blooms to offer.

The garden beds on the southeast sported blooms by, from the left, Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid', Aloe variegata (now correctly classified as Gonialoe variegata), Euphorbia ridgida and a tiny noID Muscari

In the area on the southwest side of the garden, I found blooms on Euryops chrysanthemoides 'Sonnenschein', a self-seeded Osteospermum, and Pelargonium peltatum 'Pink Blizzard'

And in the vegetable garden there are flowering Aeonium, Camellia hybrid 'Taylor's Perfection' and some Schizanthus pinnatus (aka poor man's orchid) I planted from plugs

While many of these blooms, like the so-called African daisies (Arctotis, Gazania and Osteospermum),  don't make good cut flowers, I still have an embarrassment of riches to choose from in preparing this week's bouquet for "In a Vase on Monday," the meme sponsored by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  However, with Sunday being Valentine's Day and a wedding anniversary later in the week, I focused on traditional colors in selecting materials for my vase, which turned into 3 vases.

This one is made up of just 2 plants: Leptospermum 'Pink Pearl' and Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey'

I cut a stem of the noID dwarf purple Iris for this one and added Coleonema album, Coprosma 'Plum Hussey', trailing Lantana, Rhodanthemum hosmariense, Schizanthus and Solanum xanti

I copied another vase I created for "IAVOM" last year here with Grevillea 'Penola' and Jacobaea maritima (commonly known here as dusty miller)

If you made it through the entire post, congratulations!  Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming in her garden and elsewhere in the world and visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other gardeners have used in their vases this week.

All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party