Have you checked out the meme "In a Vase on Monday" over at Rambling in the Garden? If not, it's well worth the visit. People share wonderfully creative ideas for arranging the plants and blooms in their gardens.
For this Monday, I'm cheating a bit and sharing a basket arrangement.
|Salvia 'May Night' in spring.|
A thought came to me earlier in the summer for using the spent blooms of my Salvias. While they're a flower garden highlight in late spring, they need attention by early summer.
|Salvia 'May Night' by the end of June.|
Many of you have noted that Salvias tend to get floppy. I agree. To deal with this issue, mine are planted in the corners of my cut flower/vegetable garden. As they get tall and start to take over, I stake them with metal supports. I deadhead the spent flowers several times during the summer for repeat blooms.
This year, I had an additional idea.
Instead of throwing the spent blooms in the compost pile, I decided to try saving them, drying them, and using them for potpourri.
I have two clumps of Salvias, so I created two bouquets of spent blooms. These were clipped in late June, and they still have a pleasant scent as they've dried during the past month. I placed one above my microwave--so the warm, moist air of cooking can release their scent.
Another recent "In a Vase" creation was very simple: I placed two 'Stargazer' Oriental Lilies and two white ones in a flat vase, with a complementary large Snapdragon in the center. The scent was wonderful, although the fishman said it was almost too overpowering.
Oreo was interested, too. But I had to be careful and place these out of her reach after photographing them. Lilies of many types can be toxic and even deadly to cats!
Head on over to Rambling in the Garden for more plant arranging ideas.