Vase Envy

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Orange nasturtiums cropped.2 Do you remember the first time you were enchanted by cut flowers in a vase? Although each element was lovely on its own, combined they were amazing. My mother filled jars with nasturtiums, which grew in sunny patches in the avocado orchard. Unfortunately, they last only two days before they start to look tired. Aren’t we always looking for flowers with staying power? Alstroemerias, proteas, roses…what’s your preference? Before you answer, consider: You may be creating a child’s fond memory. These are from my garden. CRW_4006 Above: Red-and-white miniature roses, ivy geraniums and Martha Washington geraniums (pelargoniums). CRW_4736_JFR Alstroemerias, aloe flowers, yellow roses. CRW_5685_JFR Pink ‘Simplicity’ roses, Crocosma repens ‘Marble Queen’, aeonium flowers. DCP_5425 Roses and bulbine blooms. Wish I knew what the blue is. IMG_1405 Echeveria flowers in a midcentury figurine. It suggests a little girl who happened upon flowers, and gathered them in her apron. IMG_2990 Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ in a green vase chosen because the base echoes the shape of the rosette. IMG_3018 Aloe flower in a Fiestaware vase. Blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel, so the contrast is eye-popping. IMG_3460 Succulent rosettes repeat the colors in this blown-glass, iridescent vase. I’m curious, do you say “vahz” or “vayz”? I say “vayz” but I suspect “vahz” is correct.

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Debra Lee Baldwin

Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.
Debra Lee Baldwin
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