Monday, May 19, 2014

Bridal Spirea -- And the Winner Is?

My bridal spirea did exceptionally well this year (actually, many of my plants did exceptionally well this year.)






I was so smitten by how beautiful my bridal spirea was that I made a bunch of arrangements for my house (just in time, too - before the heavy rain came!).  I couldn't stop taking pictures of them from various angles; one angle was just as lovely as the next.  Since we are at Jane's Flowers In The House party, let's decide together which photo is the best; tell me your top four, please.


# 1


# 2


# 3


# 4


 # 5


# 6


# 7


# 8


# 9


# 10 


#11



Which are your top four favorites?




27 comments:

  1. They're all heavenly but #8 is my favorite. Reallt your plants did exceptionally well this year?

    Lucky woman. I lost hydrangeas, my favorite hypericum, rosemary and a callicarpa ( yay on that one).

    I have been eying spireas around town, who knows, it could be a replacement plant....

    Thanks for joining in.

    xo J

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  2. All of them are gorgeous!! ... to pick ... nr. 8 (favourite as a floral arrangement), 5, 6 and 11. But for sure all of them are so lovely and stunnig, no doubt! All the best!

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  3. I`m not even going to choose four, but will just enjoy all of them.

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  4. 1, 4, 9, 10.
    I love the way the blossoms stand out against the somewhat solid colors in the back round of those. It will be fun to check back and see what others choose and why. I do believe you have something to please everyone!

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  5. Was inn love with #3, until I came to #10. Definitely my top two! The spirea really is gorgeous. Turns out we are neighbors - by blog standards at least! Strange winter we had, but it seems to have made the plants grow well. Who'd a thunk?

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    1. That's funny, isn't it that we are "neighbors"? I thought for sure my plants would suffer from such a harsh winter.

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  6. If I have to pick then, 1, 4, 7 & 10, not necessarily in that order. The first one of the entire plant is really something though.

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  7. They are glorious--I understand why you are obsessed with them. Is the wall above your mantle painted hot pink? What a great color!. My faves are 8 and 11.

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    1. Yes, it is hot pink. It took my poor hubby a few weeks to get used to that shocking color. It's a fantastically happy color. He now loves it.

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  8. Oh my gosh those flowers are gorgeous. I've never seen anything like that before. And really great photos too!

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  9. How fun to see all the views. I really enjoy No. 3 for the dark red background and cascading effect, and No. 8 is a delightful composition overall. Really they're all lovely, you take excellent photographs. No spireas blooming here (in Minnesota) yet. Everything's a bit late this year, so it may be June before we see their pretty blooms.

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous ...no wonder you took a lot of photos and I enjoyed them all ! :)

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  11. Is there anything special you have to do when cutting spirea and bringing it in the house? How long will they last once cut? I never thought of putting some branches in a vase; they look so lovely - mine are just coming into bloom in Connecticut.

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    1. Hi T, I am sorry for taking this long to answer you. I hope there is still time for you to bring inside some Spirea branches. I found this article http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=668 for you. It discusses how to cut and condition flowers and woody stems much better than I can ever explain. With respect to the Spirea specifically, it's very important to cut the branches before the flowers begin to age but after the branches have stored enough energy to keep feeding the flowers. I don't know when this perfect point is for Spirea, but what I did this year was I cut the branches after the flowers had open fully about three fourths down the branch (there were still buds at the tip of the branch). Watch your Spirea closely because the weather can cause the flowers to open suddenly overnight. My Spirea branches lasted about 4-5 days. (Remember to follow the advice from the article closely because Spirea flowers are very delicate.) Next year, I will experiment and cut them at different stages to see when that ideal point is. You should do that. It would be a fun project. If you decide to experiment, let me know what you find out. Christa

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  12. I haven't had a lot of luck with cutting spirea and keeping it in vases, although one summer, I designed a wedding using it, but waiting to cut it until the morning of the afternoon wedding because the bride had always loved her mom's huge bush. A little stressful though waiting until the day of to make the two large urns for the front of the chapel.

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    1. Hi Heather, I can't imagine doing something that big the morning of. That's a lot of stress. I bet the bride was very happy. It's too bad Spirea flowers aren't more sturdy because they are just perfect for weddings.

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  13. 3,7,8,9....I wanted to say 10, too! haha! They are all really beautiful! WOW!

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  14. They are all beautiful, but #11 is my favorite. Enjoy!

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  15. It is very difficult to decide to choose four,Christa. They are all beautiful. OK,,,if I say.., 3,4,9.10.
    I think I am going to miss hydrangeas!

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  16. Love your great photos of spirea! beautiful.

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  17. Here are my Top 4 picks: #4, 7,10 & 11, . This is a really pretty set of photos. I know also know what this plant is called. I've seen them around and even took some photographs of some bushes in the neighborhood but had no idea what they were.

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  18. My spireas haven't flowered yet. I hope they do as well as yours!

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  19. they are all gorgeous - but I like the close up #10 the best I think.
    Have a lovely week and thank you for stopping by my blog today. I thought you said you didn't know anything about photography? These photos say otherwise!

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  20. I can't possibly choose a favorite, they're all gorgeous!

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  21. They're all so beautiful that I couldn't possibly choose either!
    Please come share at this week's Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) linkup here:
    http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/springtime-at-last.html

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  22. Very beautiful! Happy Wordless Wednesday.

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