In a Vase on Monday: Thunder

A few days of warm and thundery weather with rainshowers every few minutes has meant the tulips are practically over and everything is about ten foot tall… ok, I am exaggerating, but you know what I mean!

The last of the tulips to open was this elegant peachy one that has turned a deeper shade over the past day or so. It is ‘Menton’ from the Peter Nyssen Harlequin Collection (which I would certainly recommend).

I was actually hoping the Geranium phaeum would make the vase look a bit more dramatic, to justify the title, but they just look soft and pretty instead!

The flashes of white are the Moon Daisies, which are beginning to open now (and we have so many again). There were in fact a few flashes of lightning as I cut them.

A single Geranium macrorrhizum ‘czakor’ …

… a Hellebore, the last white Narcissi actaea and one Spanish bluebell were added, as well as some red/purple Heuchera leaves as a collar.

The vase was chosen intentionally to highlight the deep purple flowers of the Geranium. There is one with plain leaves in here too,  but most have lovely chocolatey markings on the foliage.

You can see the stormy sky in the background here. Have you had thunder this May?

 Thanks to our lovely host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  She has a gorgeous pink Aquilegia in her vase today. 🙂

In a Vase on Monday: Pop!

The tulip season will be drawing to an end soon, so I just had to make the most of them again for a vase this week, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme.

The white one at the back is ‘Green Star’ which stands out well in the rockery near the fringed white one I featured a couple of weeks ago (‘Swan Wings’). On the left is the raspberry ripple style parrot tulip ‘Estella rijnveld’ and in front of that a yellow lily shaped one which I have now correctly identified as ‘Flashback’ after looking through orders and receipts. The peachy double one at the front is ‘Charming Lady’ and the parrot tulips in the middle are the orange ‘Irene Parrot’ and the red ‘Rococo’, both from Peter Nyssen – Irene was in their Harlequin collection.  On the right, probably my favourite of all, is ‘Eye Catcher’, which I have had for years now. On the right of that is the lovely pink ‘Attila’ (also from the Harlequin collection). The single lemon yellow tulip on the right remains unidentified for now,  and finally front centre is an unnamed fringed red tulip, which I am going to call ‘Frank’… 😉 If I could send bulbs to the US I would dig them up and send them to Frank at Sorta Like Suburbia to try and convince him how lovely the fringed ones are and how any discerning tulip collector simply has to have at least one!

The fillers are Kerria japonica, Aruncus foliage and Brunnera.

Did you spot the little snail I found on the Kerria? Here he is again below… Cute!

Have a great week!

In a Vase on Monday: Happy May Day!

Before I share my vase with you for Cathy’s Monday meme (Rambling in the Garden), a few thoughts on May Day…

  • I have no idea where I heard it, but apparently you should clean your front door step on May 1st to stop the ants coming in… I did mine a couple of days early. 😉
  • Do children still dance around May poles in the UK? And do they still have May Queens? Or is that all no longer politically correct?
  • In Germany, May Day should either be spent hiking or taking part in a Labour Day demonstration… (Personally, I might just go for a gentle stroll later.)
  • Another tradition in Germany is to put up the new ‘Maibaum’ (May tree/pole) in the village or local community. This is usually guarded well the night before as some villages ‘steal’ each other’s May poles and demand a ransom for them. A nice example a few years ago was that the staff of an old people’s home nearby stole a May pole, transporting it through the town in the middle of the night on mobility aids(!), and demanded a crate of beer as ransom, which they got!

So , now back to my vase…

I intended to use just a few tulips again, but got carried away, as you do in May…

(Click on any picture for the slideshow)

Do you have any May Day traditions? 🙂

Happy May Day, whatever you are up to!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Tulips from Amsterdam

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the host of this lovely meme, has shared some beautiful tulips in her vase today. By coincidence I am joining her with some of my own tulips that have been such a show this spring.

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All of the tulips here originate from Holland (maybe not quite Amsterdam), but I must confess my little windmill on the photo below is from Norfolk!

The moment I thought of today’s title, that song came to mind… famously sung in the UK by Max Bygraves, but well-known in Germany too (as it was actually originally written in German!). Here is a fabulous German version of it from youtube (from 1961!) by the Dutch singer Mieke Telkamp…

She can roll her ‘r’s so well! 😉

I am not entirely sure of all the names, but the purple one is ‘Purple Dream’, the white one ‘Swan Wings’, the pink parrot tulip ‘Weber’s Parrot’, the three orange ones are ‘Princess Irene’, the creamy one with a yellow-green stripe is ‘Green Star’ and the yellow lily one is ‘West Point’, kindly identified by Christina last week. The rest are probably from the Harlequin mix from Peter Nyssen.

Have you got any tulips in your garden? Or do you find them a little brash?

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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. 😉