In a Vase on Monday: Midsummer

This Monday is Midsummer’s Day, St John’s Day or in Germany ‘Johannistag’, still celebrated in smaller communities with bonfires or beacons and perhaps a party too.

I am celebrating it with flowers – in a vase of course, as it is Monday! And on Mondays gardeners from far and wide join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to put materials plucked from their gardens or foraged locally into a vase to share. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our meadow and the perimeters of the garden are full of summer flowers and they seemed so appropriate for Midsummer’s Day.

I’m not sure I can put a name to them all, but will try! There are still lots of the large Moon Daisies (Ox-Eye Daisies), but the other daisy-type white flowers are two different types of Chamomile and Fleabane. The clustered white flowers are Achillea…

… but sometimes the midsummer magic turns the Achillea pink… ๐Ÿ˜‰

The purply pink flower is Centaurea (Knapweed) and the yellow flower next to it in the next photo is Bird’s-foot Trefoil…

Naturally a midsummer vase needs St. John’s Wort (Hypericum), which never fails to flower just in time for this date…

This tall flower bud hasn’t opened yet, but I think it is Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace)…

A few snippets of perhaps not so useless information : according to tradition here, rhubarb and asparagus should not be picked after midsummer’s day. It is also traditionally the date when the mowing of meadows began, although often it is two or three weeks earlier these days. And also the date when I shall start watching out for glow worms. ๐Ÿ™‚ (P.S. This evening we did indeed see the first ones on the edge of the garden near the woods. Midsummer magic. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I found a lovely Beth Chatto quote on the NGS website recently, which I find true on face value but today in particular on another level as well…

‘Grow contented plants and you will find peace among them.’

Worthy of thought.

Have a wonderful week, and if the heatwave in western Europe is headed your way too, stay cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

In a Vase on Monday: Old Favourites

On a visit to the rockery in my old garden today I picked a lovely posy of summer flowers for our friend a couple of doors away. It is always a little strange visiting my garden there – I feel somewhat guilty at leaving it to its own devices, as well as offended that it clearly doesn’t need me…. but look at what it rewards my absence with!

I will post a few photos of the garden in a day or two, but here are some of the old favourites I was happy to see again. The white Peony Festiva maxima and pink Sarah Bernhardt (not quite open)…

Red Centranthus ruber, yellow Lysimachia, fern leaves and a yellow lily whose name I have forgotten again..

And then a geranium, some heuchera, Veronica gentianoides, Aquilegia, Alchemilla mollis and some fluffy white flowers that could be cow parsley at a first glance… but unfortunately they are Ground Elder! The other white peony is unidentified, as I was sent a wrong one several years ago. I think Lemon Fizz might be a nice name…

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for tirelessly hosting this meme every week. Do visit her this Monday and take a look at her pretty vase and all the other lovely vases linking in from various parts of the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

In a Vase on Monday: Daisies

With so many Moon Daisies (Ox-Eye Daisies) in flower in the meadows I simply had to fill a big vase with them and bring some indoors to share for Cathy’s Monday meme at Rambling in the Garden.

I don’t remember ever picking so many before – a luxury! Enough to fill one of my largest vases – my Portmeirion Enchanted Tree vase given to me by my sister a few years ago.

There is something about them that makes me smile. Along with our current heatwave they signify the onset of summer for me. I hope they bring a smile to your face too this Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks to Cathy for hosting once again. ๐Ÿ™‚

In a Vase on Monday: Pink and Perky

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to join her in picking flowers etc from our gardens to plonk/artistically arrange in a vase. Well, after missing last week I was convinced I had nothing for a vase again this week… small plants don’t like being chopped about and the few flowers I have are for the bees. But then I looked again…

The last tulips are still hanging on – flowering since Easter they have withstood heat, cold, frost and WIND! The one on the left is Menton, which is much pinker than I had expected but fits well in the butterfly bed. (You can just about see the others in the background)

The other tulip is Amazing Parrot, which hasn’t opened out as much as many parrot tulips, but that seems to have helped keep it intact for so long. I love those peachy pink hues. ๐Ÿ™‚

The incredible Ice N Roses hellebore still stands tall and I love the faded flowers.

And at the centre is a pretty aquilegia with a rather complicated name: ‘Winky Double Rose and White’. I am adding aquilegias to the new garden with care as I don’t want to be inundated with purple ones again!

I also found one last Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ and some silvery foliage from a patio pot.

And I think I may have found a good spot to take photos at last! At least this afternoon, with the sun going behind clouds all the time, I found my potting table was in the ideal spot. I tried putting a table cloth on it to hide the dirt, but I think it looks better without!

With tablecloth:

So once again, many thanks to Cathy for hosting this meme and encouraging me to go out and hunt for some treasures to brighten up a chilly Monday! Do go and visit her and see what everyone else is finding in their gardens for a vase this week.

 

 

The Sunshine Bed: Phase 1

The first delivery of plants for my Sunshine Bed arrived at the end of last week, just as it started to rain…. ideal actually, as the ground was dry and this would mean good conditions for planting.

Well we didn’t get much rain in the end so I was able to hoe and rake the soil on Monday morning and get everything in. Just as I was finishing up it started to rain again and as the plants had all had a good soak beforehand I didn’t need to water them in. What luck!

Here is the sunshine bed seen from the house..

Let’s walk along the grassy path and take a closer look…

A bit closer… and you can perhaps recognize what the trees are now. From left to right, a silver birch, a willow and a wild cherry.

I had to mow around the bed as it is that time of year where you can almost watch things growing, and I am amazed how lush the vegetation looked after just a few litres of rain.

Aย side view shows how meagre my plants look at the moment. But I know they will fill out and there are two more plant deliveries to come…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the right, Cytisus x praecox ‘Allgold’ (Broom) which shouldn’t really be in flower yet but as is often the case with nursery plants it is a bit early. Yellow broom grows at the roadsides near us, which is what prompted me to choose it. I noticed some died in the drought last year, but most of it survived as it is pretty tough and likes the sandy soil we have here.

A couple of aquilegias, some Alchemilla mollis ‘Thriller’, Euphorbia, a Papaver naudicale (Iceland Poppy),ย several grasses and some Helianthus microcephalus ‘Lemon Queen’ complete the picture… for now.

I have already sown seed for annuals to go in this bed: Tithonia, sunflowers and yellow Cosmos. And some Crocosmia bulbs are going in today too. ๐Ÿ™‚ As you may have guessed, this bed will be yellow and orange. It is the first time I have chosen a colour theme for a single area and I am not entirely sure I will stick to it long-term, but we will see…

Have you ever planted up a flower bed with a limited colour theme? And did it work?

Iย would love to hear your ideas or suggestions regarding plants too. That is what is so good about blogging – learning from all you talented gardeners and garden designers out there!

Thanks for visiting!