this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet was fashioned around some shrub roses that are blooming in my yard.  Though roses never seem to do well for me, these sweet roses never fail to produce sweet clusters of blooms off and on all summer.  I no longer know their name, as they were a long-ago, end of the season purchase from the grocery store at only $3 a bush.

If I knew the name of these roses, I would buy lots of them and put them all around my yard.  They are the only roses I’ve ever grown that continue to give their all every summer, while all the other roses seem to call it quits after a year or two.

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I mixed them with Alchemilla Mollis, otherwise know as Lady’s Mantle.

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Don’t they look lovely together?

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And, I should have stopped there.  I think simple is always better.

But . . . I got a little carried away, and added Nepeta and some dill.

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I love the softness of dill, but I think I like it better as a “stand-alone” plant than in a bouquet.

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And here is the finished product . . . a little busy, but it will do.  It brightens the porch, or maybe I’ll take it to work to brighten my desk.

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Linking with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for “In A Vase on Monday”.

15 thoughts on “this week’s bouquet

  1. It is such a happy color that plays well with everyone. A unique color in the garden, which is one of the reasons I love it so.
    Thank you Eliza, and may you have a great week also! Isn’t every week it’s not winter wonderful?

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    1. Thank you Ali! I do like simple arrangements, and with so much blooming right now, it is difficult to limit myself to just one or two flowers. It is such a joy to be in the garden right now soaking up all the color – I hope you are enjoying your garden as much as I enjoy mine.

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    1. You have so many things always in bloom Kris, it would be difficult to restrain oneself, but you always do it magnificently. At the height of summer here, it is hard not to use lots of variety. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have that blessing year round. Have you ever counted how many varieties of plants you have in your gardens? It would be interesting to know.

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    1. Thank you Cathy! Alchemilla is such a unique plant. I like it not only for it’s unique flowers and their color, but I always enjoy the leaves when they are holding droplets of water. And I love how it reseeds itself around the garden, not in a thug kind of way, but replenishing itself in perfect amounts, so I don’t have to buy new plants.

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  2. I love your bouquet, especially with the frothy bits! Isn’t that typical that a cheap nameless rose should do better than a carefully cultivated more expensive one!

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  3. Thank you Alison! Alchemilla does have a frothy look about it. That is a wonderful word for describing it.
    It does seem that some of the most inexpensive plants I’ve purchased have been my best buys, holding up much better than the pampered beauties that cost a fortune, and then die on you.

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