In a Vase on Monday: Gold Dust

The pollen has been dreadful the past week or so. Thank goodness I am not a hayfever sufferer, but even I have felt my eyes itching and nose running. It seems everything flowered at once: the maples and sycamores, oak, lime, beech, all the evergreens, the larch, and the birch. The birch is apparently releasing extra pollen this year too, as it is a ‘mast year’ (see links below). Apparently birches have mast years every other year, while other trees only every 6-8 years. We have had ‘pollen storms’ where the sky has literally been a hazy yellow, and everything is coated with yellow dust – hence the title ‘gold dust’!

And my vase, as you can see, is golden this week. πŸ˜‰

The Kerria japonica is looking gorgeous, as are (don’t laugh!) the dandelions! I added some more weeds – Lamium (yellow archangel) and some fern leaves as well as a sprig of green Euphorbia (unknown/forgotten) and some of the small Euphorbia polychroma. Then a stem of Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ went in, and finally this elegant lemony yellow tulip. The Forsythia vase was used again simply to complete the colour scheme, but with the plain back facing.

Why not join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden too? Her addictive meme is such fun, and visiting vases from other parts of the world is always an inspiration!

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Information on mast years:

https://www.britannica.com/science/mast-seeding

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mast_(botany)#Mast_seeding

62 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Gold Dust

  1. What a jaunty, jolly bouquet! And I would never laugh at dandelions. In fact, I don’t mind them on my lawn at all. The only time I dislike them is when they seeds have flown and the lawn is spiked with spindly stems. But our electric lawn mower takes care of that, quick as a wink.

    • I gave up trying to eradicate dandelions from my garden the year after we moved here as the fields and roadsides all around us are full of them anyway, going to seed! They are pretty in the lawn, but not in my flower beds! LOL!

    • Only a very brief shower so far, which did clear the air for a few hours. Many weeds are pretty enough for a vase, and the dandelion colour fit the bill this week!

  2. Beautiful golden selection, Cathy! I didn’t know about mast years – that is really interesting! I was aware that some years the oak trees just go mad and produce double the acorns. Your euphorbia looks like Euphorbia amygdaloides, if I was looking at the right stem – evergreen base, spreads by runners, very vigorous!

    • Thanks Ali, although I don’t remember ever planting a Euphorbia with that name, but it may be one of those that was here when we came. There was very little in the garden at all except ivy, but a few tough plants that had obviously been part of the original planting came back once I cleared the rockery. πŸ™‚

  3. I find mast years fascinating….we are not in pollen as it is still too cold but we will bloom all at once and be covered in pollen in a few weeks likely. I love the golden vase as these are colors I don’t see much of until summer…..and the dandelions are perfect!!

    • Looking at the evergreens today I think they must be in a mast year too so it is no wonder we are sinking in a sea of yellow dust!

  4. Such a sunny vase which is much needed on a really gloomy day here. And why not include dandelions? If they were rare we’d all be planting them. Lovely Cathy.

    • Absolutely – so many wild flowers are pretty and as long as they don’t take over there is always space for them in my garden! (And vases!)

  5. I have a piece of yellow calcite which would have been perfect to accompany this lovely sunny vase today, Cathy πŸ™‚ It really is an INTENSELY sunny result, isn’t it, with the yellows accentuated by the fresh greens of the euphorbias. Thanks for sharing it, dandelions and all – as Chloris says, why not?!

    • Thankfully burning off fields is not allowed here any more, but I remember how they used to burn the fields in August after the harvests in England when I was a child. So I sympathise and hope your air quality improves soon!

  6. I absolutely *love* that you add dandelion flowers to your arrangement, Cathy. You’re a delight. I have never heard of this golden dust phenomenon but I find it fascinating. I’ll check out your link now. Your golden vase is lovely!

  7. Cathy your vase I love it very much and the color of the flowers is magnificent. I love dandelions in your vase! I like them a lot. The Euphorbia polychroma is beautiful as the Epideum “Amber Queen”. The yellow lemon tulip is fantastic and the fern leaves are gorgeous. It is a vase of “gold dust”. I love. I did not know about the years masts of trees: thank you very much for telling and leaving the links. I do not have pollen here, I’m cold, very cold. Only 3ΒΊ Centigrades per day: thank goodness that from Wednesday the temperatures rise. Have a good week. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Ooh, that is cold! We have been spoilt with such a warm April, but May has started off much cooler. April 2018 was the warmest April on record in Germany! I wonder what May will bring…. Have a good week, with some warmer weather I hope!

      • Thank you very much Cathy. I also hope that higher temperatures come, but we have what we have and we have to live with it. But the grass does not stop growing and with the cold outside and my leg and hip are bad and they hurt a lot and I can not do anything, I do not know how I’m going to cut the grass this year. Sorry to tell you my problems, but Cathy I consider you a friend πŸ™‚ Greetings from Margarita.

        • I am sorry to hear you have hip and leg pain. It is hard to have a garden and not be able to tend it. I hope you manage somehow and find someone who can help. πŸ™‚

          • Cathy thank you very much for your kind words. But since the accident at work more than 15 years ago I am used to the pain and that each year is worse than the previous one, because my spine was very damaged and is operated by several places with metal plates. I have not paid attention to the doctors to make a life of rest and I have dedicated myself to the gardening and for that reason I am worse than it had to be. They want to replace a plaque with another one in the cervical vertebrae, but I am long because for the moment I can stand it and a mistake can leave me in a wheelchair. But live life with gardening! That it would be to live without flowers, would not be worth it. Live the flowers! Although they are surrounded by weeds I want to have flowers! And I’m going to have them anyway. And one day I’ll make a vase and post it on Monday on Cathy’s blog. Many Greetings from Margarita πŸ™‚

  8. I love your sunny yellow vase today Cathy. Yellow is really the colour of spring isn’t it? It sounds like your weather has been similar to ours. We are forecast rain for most of this week, but I don’t know if it will actually happen.

  9. I love the joyful yellow flowers, even the dandelions! We’ve been complaining of the pollen here too but we’ve nothing on you it seems. I hope your gold dust blows away quickly.

  10. I thought that was a dandelion but they are so bright and happy looking, if only they weren’t quite so prolific. Love all the yellow, it’s good to see it all and you have a lot to show off.

    • Thanks Alison. If the dandelions didn’t have such long roots and set themselves in between paving, I would like them even more! πŸ˜‰

    • It has felt like that Eliza. We had the warmest April on record and we have been barefoot with just short sleeves for at least three weeks! May has started off cooler though with a north wind.

  11. Although I love a colorful garden and there are no colors I wouldn’t enjoy, yellow and orange happen to be my favorite. I think they just brighten my mood whenever I see them. Your “gold dust” is gorgeous. And I can’t imagine your pollen showers being as you describe. That must be something to see!

    • The pollen really has been a trial this year, but I know I shouldn’t complain as it is going to be over soon and at least is easier to deal with than the smoke you get from forest fires. Thank goodness I don’t react badly to it, apart from sneezing regularly! LOL!

      • Pollen is one of the ironies of spring, isn’t it, Cathy? We are so excited that everything comes alive, and then we have allergy season. My allergies are bad every year in the fall. A lot of my friends are having a hard time right now. Every time you sneeze you need to run to the window and look out at your gorgeous garden. πŸ™‚

  12. Oh what fabulous colour and flowers Cathy including those dandy lions. I like the kerria – my favourite photo of my niece was taken when she was about five with a kerria crown on her head. I’ve never encountered a ‘pollen storm’ and wouldn’t want to even though my hayfever symptoms have fortunately diminished over the years,

    • I have floated some kerria flowers in a bowl, and can imagine a crown of them must look adorable! It now seems the conifers are all in a ‘mast year’ too – the trees look brown rather than green as they are smothered in flowers and pollen. Should be lots of pretty cones in the autumn! πŸ™‚

  13. I love that you are using Dandelions for your vase. Dandelions perhaps don’t get the credit they should – their flowers are good for the bees and their seeds are good for the birds. And if you forget that they are “weeds” you would have to think they have a pretty bloom!

    • Yes, there are so many in my garden it would be a shame to ignore them just because their roots annoy us gardeners! Our pollen and ‘mast year’ is another case of trees fascinating me…. why ALL the trees in one region do this is a mystery!

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