The Tuesday View: 15th August 2017

It is a beautiful sunny morning and a bank holiday here in Bavaria (Assumption Day). That means it will be a quiet morning until the annual village festival gets going, with loud music! Sadly this event also involves a programme of meat and alcohol, barbecues, pig roasts etc, which are not our cup of tea, so we will be taking a little trip elswhere later. 🙂

In the meantime, as I focus once again on my Tuesday View, I notice the Acer looking tired and the Golden Rod in full bloom.

But from a different angle it still looks summery, and very green for August…

A swing to the left shows the top of the rockery, with several roses flowering…

The Miscanthus is not ready to flower yet, but a few Asters (Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’) are starting to open…

And the sedum buds are getting bigger and bigger!

Feel free to join me with  a Tuesday view, and leave a link in the comments so we can find you.

Have a good week!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Sink or Swim

I now know that Cosmos do not float well!

With very short and curvy stems it was impossible to get these Cosmos and Scabiosa to stand up in a vase, so I decided to try floating them… well, the Scabiosa and pale blue Didiscus, along with a Clematis seed head, all floated nicely, but the Cosmos submerged almost immediately.

Nevertheless, pretty for a day or two, and now I know!

Why not visit Cathy, who hosts this meme at Rambling in the Garden. Or even join in!

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The Tuesday View: 8th August 2017

Here is my view this Tuesday, as I focus on one area of my garden through the seasons.

Freshly mown grass always makes the garden look tidier, don’t you agree?!

And cooler temperatures also meant I could cut down (or pull out) a lot more of the Lysimachia  that has now gone brown and is starting to flop. It was on the right of the picture below…  If cut back in time it sends up new shoots which serve as perfect ground cover until the winter.

With some Alchemilla also cut back the view at ground level has opened up and the Heuchera leaves are looking wonderful in front of the purple Teucrium that just goes on and on flowering. 🙂

Now that the heat and humidity is subsiding, there is a distinct ‘late summer’ feeling to the garden, and nothing says it better than the sight of Golden Rod just coming into flower at the bottom right of the view (behind the Acer). Yes, the summer is drawing to an end and I am relieved that the temperatures are set to drop a few degrees over the next few days. Time for a breather! 🙂

I wonder if you are seeing signs of late summer yet in your gardens?

I welcome any other ‘Tuesday Views’ to link in to this post in the comments below.

Have a great week!

In a Vase on Monday: Buttons

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme has become a lovely ritual not only providing pleasure, but influencing what I grow and how I see my garden too. I sowed a few mixed Scabiosa in the spring with summer vases in mind, and the waiting has paid off – I am delighted with them all, even if I now don’t know which ones they are as they got mixed up when planting out into my summer containers!

Scabiosa and Knautia always remind me of buttons, and since my button tin was handy… 😉 The larger flower in the middle is a Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’ – I feared it had succumbed to the slugs, but fortunately this plant was one of the survivors and has just started flowering!

Just to the right of the Cosmos in the photo above is my creamy Scabiosa ochroleuca, which has been in the rockery for several years now.

I particularly love this pink scabious, with Daucus carota ‘Dara’.

The Clematis tangutica is producing these gorgeous fluffy seed heads in great quantities now. Just right of this one is a small red Knautia.

A new addition to the garden this summer is this pretty Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’, planted last autumn.

The Scabiosa sown were: Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Tall Double Red’, ‘QIS Formula Mixture’ and ‘Snowmaiden’, and Scabiosa caucasica ‘House’s Hybrids’. Sowing took place much later than usual in early and mid May, as we had frosts right up until the end of May this spring. So the flowers have been late. However, since I grew these precisely for putting in vases, I had no qualms about cutting them. There are plenty more buds! The plants will be planted out in the garden in September where they might drop a few seeds and, hopefully, will appear again next year.

Thanks to Cathy for conceiving and hosting this wonderful meme – go and visit her today and enjoy beautiful and unique vases from around the globe!

The Tuesday View: 1st August 2017

Since last Tuesday little has changed in my view, and 36°C is a bit too hot to stand around taking photos, so just a quick post today!

The Perovskia and Achillea stand out, but the Sedums are slowly gaining size and producing big buds ready for the late summer butterfly bonanza.

Meanwhile, here is a view I haven’t shown for a while: the ‘old’ Tuesday View from last year…

By August we get a little shade early afternoon on the corner where the Perovskia is, reducing the glare a little!

Look forward to seeing your views again this week.

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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!