The first arrangement of flowers from my garden. They seem to be later than usual. Zinnias, Dahlias, Sedum and Dusty Miller sit on the arm of my late grandmother's turn-of-the-century wooden Morris chair. One of her handknit seat cushions can be seen above the flowers and one of my "Not Wrapped Too Tightly" footstools is to the right. The more colors the better!
This variety of Hydrangea is in its final color change, from white to pale blue to pale purple to this almost-burgundy.
My first Dahlia to bloom this year. I didn't get my usual corms this year, nicely marked in packages, and bought these as small plants from a stand in front of a private house. They were only $1 apiece, and I spent quite a few minutes picking out 5 plants with colors that would compliment each other. They were all marked by the homeowner/grower with the color/variety. Only thing is, all five plants are actually the same color, lol, this not quite yellow with a tinge of pink and white. They're nice though, and I'll be able to practice my arranging skills using monotones.
The second variety of Hydrangea is blooming for the first time this year. It's bright white and has very sparse flowers. I love the mix of full blossoms on the outside and the tiny closed ones on the inside. This is the fully mature flower, the center ones don't open or get any larger, I'm not sure of the name of it.
The same "tableau" as in the post below, but this time with the thin golden brocade curtains shut. This western window lets so much sun in at this time of year, I have to close the curtains most days or the apartment turns into an oven. I love the golden color that these curtains impart the whole room during the late afternoons.