The Tuesday View: 18th April 2017

Heavy snow showers this morning made my ‘Tuesday View’ almost disappear from view. But I took a photo of it from the living room window anyway, worried it might be under a layer of snow later…

However, by the afternoon we had bright sunshine!

Thank goodness the snow didn’t stick around. It is nonetheless very cold still and there may be more wintry showers to come this week, along with frosty nights. (Tender plants on the patio have been covered with cloches, and the Cordyline is under cover again too.)

The Viburnum ‘Aurora’, which was in bud last week, is now open fully and smells heavenly!

The yellow tulips beneath the Viburnum are really pretty too…

I think they were in a mixed bag, and I can’t recall the name. Any ideas? They are quite tall. Here is one up close…

And the pink frilly tulips to the left (‘Weber’s Parrot’) are perhaps my favourites today!

Along with ‘Purple Dream’ …

I wonder what is flowering in your gardens today. If you would like to join me in choosing a view of your garden to share each week throughout the year, please do!

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In a Vase on Monday: Swan Wings

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. In Germany Good Friday is also a holiday, so we were able to do some garden tidying before the cold rainy weather set in on Easter Sunday!

This Monday I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme with a rather special tulip. I have also made use of a new ‘frog’ for the first time!

Tulipa ‘Swan Wings’

I did try photographing it outside, but the wind kept blowing it over!

The Spiraea inspired this vase (along with wanting to try out the frog). The white tulip, barely open, seemed a lovely accompaniment…

I nearly titled this post ‘Snow white’, as snow showers have been forecast for this week. But the only predictable thing about the weather  in April is that it is unpredictable!

At the base of my arrangement I used fresh Alchemilla leaves, one of the first wild strawberry flowers, some Omphalodes verna ‘Alba’ and a white Muscari…

The bowl I used is my favourite blue rice bowl, bought in the Japanese shop I briefly worked in many years ago, and used almost daily for one thing or another. 🙂

(I just realised – those are huge Alchemilla leaves! Where did they appear from so suddenly! )

I shall be keeping my eyes open this week as spring rushes on and surprises me daily.

Hope you have a sunny week!

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P.S. The above photos were taken on Sunday afternoon, and after the tulip had been indoors for a while it began opening… now it is clearer why it is called Swan Wings, with those feathery edges.

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In a Vase on Monday: Bee’s Delights

After a week off from blogging with a horrible cold I am pleased to be back with a vase again this Monday, joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

The weather has been wonderful this past week, and the garden has sprung to life with bees and butterflies as well as flowers, allowing me to use this fun vase my friend gave me last year…

From left to right:

The borage-like flower is Trachystemon orientalis, then a yellow Pansy, an orange Cowslip hybrid, Narcissus Tete a tete, and a blue Scilla.

Next some lilac pansies and no-name Hellebores.

In the centre, Puschkinia, blue and white Grape Hyacinths (Muscari), a ‘Heart’s Delight’ tulip and a purply red violet (which has appeared from nowhere).

Further to the right some pink and purple Anemone blanda, some ‘Glory in the Snow’ (Chionodoxa), another Grape Hyacinth (‘Peppermint’) and more Hellebores.

Can you spot the bumble bee in the next photo? I think that is what you call photobombing!

Hope you are also getting some spring sunshine this week, and maybe a few April showers for the garden too. 😉

In a Vase on Monday: An Early Spring Posy

This posy is posing beautifully for my Monday vase, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and the many other participants of her lovely meme.

Crocus in yellow, white and purple, red and white Hellebores, a snowdrop or two, a sprig of Mahonia foliage, and Dwarf Iris – the pale one with yellow markings and blue veins is ‘Katherine Hodgkin’, which loves this dry spot.

Which side do you like best?

Or how about this?

Or this?

I think she is rather vain, this posy… but doesn’t she have reason to be?

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In a vase on Monday: March Marvels

Another week has flown by, and some very mixed weather with it. Wind and sleet mid-week made me wonder if winter was back with a vengeance, but then an extremely mild 15°C on Saturday brought on a few early spring flowers. 🙂

As I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with my weekly vase, Snowdrops are of course in the forefront…

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And Amaryllis/Hippeastrum are flowering beautifully on my windowsill too…

But a few other spring flowers are making their debut appearance today: a white Hellebore, a single yellow crocus and one purple one, and three stems of this dear little pale blue Puschkinia that the bees were humming around on Saturday afternoon. Marvellous!

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I wonder how your March began. Was it in like a lion, as the saying goes… out like a lamb. We can hope!

Have a great week!

In a Vase on Monday: In the Garden!

Monday is the day I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme. The title of today’s vase refers not only to where the photo was taken, but also to where I spent all day – working in the garden. It was wonderful! I saw the first bee. I saw the first crocus. I ache all over!

And I picked some snowdrops.

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To fill out the vase I added a few Spring Snowflakes (Leucojum vernum), which also have a lovely name in German – March Bells (Märzglöckchen).

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In addition, I still have some Hippeastrum flowering, including this beauty which is almost the same as the red one I posted a few weeks ago.

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As it started to lean to one side I decided to cut it, and discoveed another two shoots coming.

Today was a good day.

Hope you have a good start to the week too!