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Christmas Bouquet


These same roses enjoyed a little showing off the other day. 



Well, they're back for one more try, with a few new additions.



Redcoat joins the group- it's an old David Austin rose.



I barely showed you the garden greens I was using in the last post. Here they are up close. The small rose leaf canes are Petite Pink Scotch, which came from a Sacramento Cemetery sale. The large hips in the bucket are from the rose, Kathleen.



The deodora cedar cones, that look like roses, are saved from an aged tree we had to take down due to branch drop. It's special to have these small remants from what was once a huge garden presence. The next image is chocolate pelargonium- this along with mint pelargonium have become staples in the floral industry in the last few years. Their leaves take up space elegantly and add a bit of drama. The silvery eleagnus is one of my garden treasures and it lasts really well in bouquets. The small hips are from The Gift. The fat juicy hips are from a rugosa rose. 



Sherry asked me if the yellow-leafed shrubs shown in my fall post are roses. No, Sherry, here are their fruits.









Intimacy like this is part of the joy in playing with nature. 



Japanese Anemone's Rule (at the moment)


Few flowers seem as eager to express themselves as the Japanese Anemone. This is their time and they seem to be craning their necks in order to not miss a thing! 










This morning my husband said, "Come see what I made."

I amble into his studio thinking I'd see a painting----------  instead I'm greeted by a 6' high bouquet complete with backdrop!!!

Yes, Leroy can definitely arrange a flower or two. What a thrill to unexpectedly see such beauty. Lately, the anemones have just been falling over themselves, not to mention a few rosebushes- he thought why not harvest a few.

We have always loved Japanese Anemones since we first spotted them in Berkely gardens many years ago. We found they are easy to grow if not invasive. And if they're happy, they are impossible to get rid of. We wouldn't be without them though.

Thank you Leroy for inspiring a blog post!










Companion Plants for Roses


While posting a picture to FB, I came across some pretty wild companions. They definitely hold their own with roses, as for what the roses might think? You tell me.



This iris is not all that unusual, rather dramatic here with Pink Pet in M. Wellan's LA garden. But take a look at the next shot . . .


Verbena bonariensis and roses

This garden belongs to Marilyn's friend Evelyn. Verbena bonariensis has taken over amongst about a hundred roses. What a sight- I really started rethinking the possibilities.



Here in my garden, phlox and fuschia boogie with Oklahoma. Cutting back and pulling out are essential to keep up with these kinds of looks.


If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it's because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.