In a Vase on Monday – Mystically Inspired

A couple of weeks ago I bought two ‘Mystic Spires’ Salvia. Botanically known as Salvia hybrid ‘Balsamisp’, this plant is a hit with me so far. I had to fend off bees to cut the flowers. Actually deadheading the plant as so many new buds are forming; I wanted to give the buds room to grow. That left me with short stemmed flowers and a floral engineering task.

I unceremoniously jammed some tiny pots into the vase and placed a glass frog on top of them, bits of a wine cork hold the glass frog level at the top. This works, although the vase must be filled precariously to the rim with water as the Salvia drink a lot..maybe it is the wine cork.

I will be interested to see how these perennial Salvia fare through the summer. Planted in full south facing sun and extremely well drained soil. Another mystery for the Mystic.

A closer view.

I decided a spires theme would work here. The white spires are Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata); the spiky foliage, Asparagus Fern, a volunteer in my garden; the chartreuse leaves are from a Plectranthus of unknown origin. The blue container, a Christmas gift from my brother’s family long ago.

Finally, it is spring! Happy Gardening and thank you to Cathy at for hosting. Follow the link to see more spring in a vase this Monday.


17 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Mystically Inspired

  1. That is a beautiful salvia and so well filled out. I’ll have to keep that in mind.

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  2. Kris P says:

    I love this and, after similar machinations balancing flowers with my “triplets”, I can appreciate the challenges your faced pulling it together. ‘Mystic Spires’ is among my favorite Salvias – I can’t keep ‘Amistad’ alive but ‘Mystic Spires’ has hung on for years in some corners of my garden.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    That’s a pretty salvia with full, fat buds. I hope it does well for you… salvia are pretty tough!

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  4. pbmgarden says:

    This is just specatacular. Love the limited palette. That’s a nice salvia. I can’t seem to keep purple salvias but rescued some my neighbor was digging out last year so we’ll see. The white Sweet Almond Bush spires are a nice touch against the foliage.


  5. tonytomeo says:

    Not so foreign this time. I actually grew ‘Mystic Spires’ salvia, although I do not recognize the hybrid name. Sweet almond bush remains unfamiliar, but that is nothing new.

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  6. Cathy says:

    What a gorgeous Salvia. Such a pretty vase and worth the trouble with keeping everything in place. 😃

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