Very Hot

I love cutting flowers in my garden and bringing them indoors. I also enjoy experimenting with different colors and textures.

The above photo is an example of what I think is a most fortuitous combination. It’s just two flowers: Tithonia “torch” and Rudbeckia “Henry Eilers.”

Tithonia is a terrific annual, but it has a serious flaw: its stems are soft and fragile. In fact, I cut the blooms in this bouquet because we were expecting a heavy rain storm later, and I knew it would take a beating and get all mushy. I also chose a short, round glass bowl to keep the stems from getting all floppy.

As for “Henry Eilers,” I can’t say enough about this hardy perennial. It looks great in the border – yellow but a paler shade than the usual rudbeckias – and with those narrow, spidery (sorry, A.B.) petals, it adds interest and sophistication to any arrangement.

When I put the two together, it was a definite “wow.” I just had to share it with you.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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7 Responses to Very Hot

  1. GardenPest says:

    wow. just wow. simplicity.


  2. cj wright says:

    Gorgeous! Definitely a Blue Ribbon in every way. 🙂


  3. herbdoc says:

    Stunning combo, DN! It’s just says have a wonderful autumn!


  4. Lib says:

    Wow is right! Love it. Zinnias and some type of tall yellow sunflowers grace my table right now.


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