In a Vase on Monday: Lemon and Lime

I have got a vase full of sunshine today – lovely lemon and lime colours, refreshing and cheery!


There are sunflowers to be picked in the flower field near us, but  Cathy’s lovely meme encourages us to take materials from our own gardens and they are plentiful right now. I stuck with the sunflower jug though. 🙂

Lemon balm was the first ingredient taken, and then the lime green Euphorbia. The rest was built up around that theme.

I included a few Marigolds and a white Zinnia (both grown from seed and slightly disappointing), a yellow Achillea flower and some fresh green Sedum buds. Below you can also see a yellow wild flower is in there, which has popped up around the edges of our ‘lawn’.

The yellow Potentillas are flowering, so I added a couple of sprigs – I have two large shrubs which I always overlook until they flower. A useful plant for (almost) evergreen interest. (It does shed leaves in a very cold winter though).

The Clematis tangutica is as rampant as ever. Perhaps I will get round to giving it a larger obelisk next year! Both the flowers and seed heads feature here, as well as a small piece of Golden Euonymus and some St John’s Wort.

The finishing touches: some Zebra grass (botanical name?), an arch of Vinca leaves and a couple of Alchemilla leaves around the edges.

Do visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Her vases with her imaginative props are always a delight!

The Tuesday View: 18th July 2017

It is a perfect summer’s day again today, and the Tuesday View is still looking refreshed from a few cooler days last week. Focusing on this part of the rockery has been extremely satisfying this year so far, as more is in flower than I remember from previous years. And although the dry stony part at the bottom is partly bare ground now after the heatwave, this part I look down on most often is densely planted and thriving!

The first picture is from the side, looking through the Acer. The Perovskia is now in full bloom and the Miscanthus is getting taller.

Most of the rockery is now difficult to see from this angle, so here it is head on, with a freshly mown (and green!) ‘lawn’ beyond.

Not much has changed since last week, but the yellow Achillea is finally setting more buds and growing a bit taller.

Right at the top of the rockery, just in front of where I stand to take the photo, is a lovely pale pink Potentilla fruticosa. It has taken years to get established and is a slightly odd shape, but the flowers are very pretty. When it gets a bit bigger I will trim it into a nicer shape.

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Join in if you like, and show us how one view in your garden progresses through the year. Just leave a link below in the comments so we can find you.

And thanks to all those who join me regularly (or even irregularly!).

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In a Vase on Monday: Summer

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again, along with many others from around the world, for her Monday vase meme.

Looking around my garden yesterday I realised there are so many lovely wild things growing (i.e. weeds!) so I have also incorporated a few into my vase.

As you can see, the sun is very bright in July, making it difficult to capture the airy vase as a whole, but at least we have had lower temperatures for several days now before the next wave of heat rolls in tomorrow.

On the left is a small stem of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ – such a beauty – with Perovskia and Fleabane.

In the middle are some grasses (Melica and Sporobolus), a poppy seed head, an Allium and some purple spikes of Teucrium.

The white flower is a wild Queen Ann’s Lace.

I think it really does look like lace, don’t you? One of the nicer common names given to pretty plants. 😉

One stem of Calamagrostis and a wild white flower were added…

And of course, I had to use some of my red Queen Ann’s Lace too! (With some wild Achillea in the background).

Why not visit Cathy now and see the lovely pink arrangement she has posted today.

Have a great week!

The Nepal Himalaya Park Revisited

In early July I returned to the Himalaya Garden near Regensburg, which I posted about here, but this time with my sister. It was very sunny, but the bright sunshine didn’t detract from the planting at all. As I mentioned in my last post about it, this is not a show garden, but more a plant lover’s playground. And yet some of the combinations were stunning! These Foxtail Lilies for example, with golden green Euphorbia and golden grasses…

The blues, silvers and golds all melded together too: here Eryngium with more grasses…

And here Eryngium, Lavender and Melica ciliata…

I particularly like this part of the garden, set in a former stone quarry on a well-drained south-facing slope…

We both enjoyed the amazing and unusual selection of plants and trees, some of which remain unidentified. Can anyone help us identify this tall flower in the foreground below, with large silvery leaves?

And those green ‘umbrella’ style plants on the right seem familiar too… now what are they!

I know I can count on my wise and curious plant-loving readers for help! 😉

The Tuesday View: 11th July 2017

This Tuesday my view is looking somewhat dishevelled after a week of heat, thunderstorms and high winds! Whenever the sun appears from behind the clouds it is far too hot to even deadhead the roses, but I don’t think the bees and other visitors mind too much! 😉 Here it is today taken a little further from the left than usual…

The focus is till on the Stipa gigantea in the middle…

… and the single Achillea flower which will hopefully be followed by more to fill in the support.

The Perovskia is turning bluer by the day. Soon the bees will be flocking to it. This one is supposed to be a dwarf form, but is almost as tall as my other one.

It is currently almost impossible to get into the rockery and do much work, even if the weather were cooler, as the planting is close and the slope is steep – and slippery after all the rainshowers we have had. In this picture you can see a little better how steep it is…

Behind/below the yellow Achillea is the Hypericum shrub – it froze back badly in the winter, but has made a remarkable recovery. I usually give it a hard prune in spring, but didn’t need to this year.

Oh, I have just spotted my Buddha in the above photo… I always forget he is there in the summer as he gets lost underneath the Acer!

That’s it for this week. Other Tuesday Views would be more than welcome and in the comments below you will soon find links to others who have already joined me in showing a single view weekly, to record the seasonal changes.

Thanks for visiting!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Spot the Difference!

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again by gathering materials from my garden for a vase, in order to share them with you all.

I’m afraid the pink rose in the background was trying to grab all the attention while I took the photos!

Can you see what the difference is in the next picture?

The dwarf Buddleia is doing a fine job of attracting the butterflies, mostly Peacocks, but also this Silver-washed fritillary…

It is hot, humid and windy here, and heavy showers have flattened some of my grasses, so I picked a big bunch of these (Sporobolus?), stuck in a stray Buddleia stem, and a Melica ciliata that was swaying over the pathway, and framed it all with some rather healthy looking Hellebore foliage. (Wish it looked that good in winter!)

At the front I added a reddish pink Daucus carota ‘Dara’ flower.

Everything was placed in a flower frog in a new vase, which I picked up on a whim on a brief trip to the florist this morning. I love the colour and the glaze, as well as the shape. 🙂

 

Daucus carota ‘Dara’, grown from seed this spring – it’s a slow germinator, but worth the wait!

Having just looked at Cathy’s own lovely vase today I think we must have been on a similar wavelength as the shape of our vases is very similar. Do go and visit her and see what beautiful arrangements are being created around the world for her meme this Monday!