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Single Pink Geranium breaks on through to the other side

June 24, 2013

 

1. purple lace cap

Capped by a hair line of deep blue salvia, a single native geranium pierces the orbit of this purple lace-cap hydrangea.

With a welcome surplus of rain, our entire garden is lush, quenched and happier than ever this month.  Especially our 10 species of hydrangeas since they usually wilt and droop in the heat of Junes past.

We’ve been playing with the hot pink native geranium as an exclamation point breaking through the complex lace-cap hydrangea flowers.  The colors blend well.

Same geranium.  Different lace-cap hydrangea.

Same geranium. Different lace-cap hydrangea.

Each lace-cap hydrangea bloom has two kinds of flowers within one.  The flat, wide open flowers around the edge and tiny tight ones of deep blue and purple in the center where bumble bees often scurry.  Looking closely, we discovered that one tiny inner flower is also at the center of each larger flower around the border.  Nice touch!

Inspired by the new iPhone, it's easy to see many compositions in the same arrangement by dragging fingers across the screen.

Inspired by the new iPhone, it’s easy to see many compositions in the same arrangement by dragging fingers across the screen.

Season: mid-June in Atlanta

We call these arrangements Radical Ikebana since we’re not trained in Ikebana – the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging.  This series is composed in portable, recyclable wine bottles, easy to present as gifts and the small hole keeps everything upright. 

 

This variation has a canopy of maclaya and pinellia parts hovering above, paired with two kinds of daisies.

This variation has a canopy of maclaya and pinellia parts hovering above, paired with two kinds of daisies.

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