In a Vase on Monday: Watering Cans

Sunday afternoon was sunny and warm, and I had plenty of time to pick and photograph some flowers for a vase so that I can join Cathy once again for her meme “In a Vase on Monday”.

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It is still very dry here, despite showers on Saturday evening, so the big watering cans have already been put to use at times. These two little watering cans found their way into my home years ago – I think the larger one was a gift from my Mum – and have never been put to use, until today, but not for watering!

For the larger can I cut some white Spiraea, which smells lovely. I also cut two pieces of fresh lime green Euphorbia myrsinites and cut off the long twisted stalks. Then I added a single yellow iris, a yellow tulip, and some Lamium…

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The iris is Iris reichenbachii, a dwarf bearded variety that often gets overlooked among the other plants, so I will divide it this autumn and put some in a more prominent position. It comes from the mountains of the Balkan region and loves sun and well-drained soil – especially important if it is to survive a cold winter…

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The wild tulip, Tulipa sylvestris, is gorgeous and  is supposed to spread, but I will definitely plant a few more of them this autumn…

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The smaller can contains some wildflowers found dotted around the garden: cowslips (Primula veris), yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon), a dandelion…

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… and on the other side you can see a wild mustard flower (Sinapis arvensis) and nestled at the bottom two golden strawberry flowers (Waldsteinia fragarioides) …

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When I brought the vases indoors the tulip closed up immediately and the Spiraea scent became a little fusty, so I will put it out on the patio again.

Take a look at Cathy’s blog Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other “Monday Vasers” have found in their gardens today. (And congratulate Cathy on her 1,000th post!)

Hope your week is full of sunshine and flowers!