Passion Flowers have been given their common name as representations of the passion play. This morning, I found three in full glory. They only last one day, so it's usually smart to cut them and bring them indoors, in order to experience their scent and beauty, up close.
The weekend is forecast to be in the triple digits. I decided to pick some flowers last night while the temperatures aren't so bad. The arrangement consists of Celosia, Cuphea, Cosmos, and Gomphrena. If the bottom photo looks like a larger bouquet, it's because the background is an old painting with a bouquet of flowers.
Platycodon grandiflorus in a bed of Sedum angelina
Every spring it's always a delight to see the large blooms of the Balloon Flower Platycodon grandiflorus open. The buds, as their common name suggests, look like little balloons about to pop. Once they do, the flowers are fairly large, measuring around 3 inches wide. The blue of this variety is even more striking in combination with the chartreuse foliage of the Sedum.