In a Vase on Monday: My Summer Garden

My Monday vase is certainly not as bright and sunny as our hostess Cathy’s (do go and visit her today at Rambling in the Garden), but it does give you a pretty good idea of what my garden looks like at this time of year.

A cutting garden would be lovely for Dahlias, sunflowers and other annuals, but the snails and slugs limit me to using containers for my summer annuals which then get baked in the heat and drowned in the rain. So I have limited them to a minimum this summer and only the Queen Ann’s Lace (Daucus carota) is in pots along with some Scabiosa and a few Cosmos. (Yes, the slugs love the Daucus leaves and have even devoured a few Scabiosa seedlings!)

The other plants I have used this week are all in the garden, or from the wilder edges of the garden! Red Knautia, white, red and cream Scabious, Persicaria ‘Firetail’, Teucrium hircanicum, Feverfew, Perovskia, Succisella inflexa ‘Frosted Pearls’, and some Anemone flowers and buds.

The red Persicaria had too little rain early on to develop nice strong stems, so it is looking a bit floppy this year. Hopefully the (torrential) rain we had yesterday will give it a boost.

Fortunately I put this vase together before the storm hit on Sunday evening… the Perovskia is prostrate, but no real damage was done.

Thanks to Cathy, and hope you all have a good week!

 

The Tuesday View: 25th July 2017

We have had grey skies, wind, showers and sporadic bursts of sunshine so far today, and when I finally decided to go out and take the weekly photo of my Tuesday View we had a mix of everything within a couple of minutes!

The Golden Clematis flowers on the right-hand side are like little lanterns when the sun goes in. And I love the sparkly raindrops reflecting on all the foliage too. The Acer, with tall Golden Rod behind it, moves so nicley in the breeze, as do the grasses.

Individual plants that look good this week are the Hypericum shrub, the pale pink Potentilla I showed you last week, and the lovely ground cover Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) which has just started flowering. This is one of my favourites as it will flower for a couple of months and then the foliage will start turning a gorgeous bronze colour.

And finally, here is another little vista that has made me smile  this week: my Buddleia weyeriana ‘Sungold’, which I feared lost after it froze right back in the winter, has sent up new shoots and I think I can see buds too! It is just below a sea of mint flowers, which have been abuzz!

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What has been making you smile in your garden this week?

Why not share a view of one area of your garden through the seasons? (It doesn’t need to be every week…!) Just leave a comment below so we can find you. 🙂

 

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! 😉