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. πŸ˜‰
  • 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? πŸ™‚

Happy May Day, whatever you are up to!

 

The Tuesday View: 25th April 2017

After a beautiful spring Monday with warm sunshine and blue skies, we are back to cooler temperatures and rain showers for the rest of the week. The garden is extremely happy wth this weather, despite some frost damage to a couple of tender herbs that were optimistically planted out in our warmer than average March.

So today’s view may be under cloudy skies, but it is still full of colour – green!

The Acer has leafed out and the Geraniums and Lysimachia in the foreground are getting taller. The peonies are growing rapidly too.

A highlight today is the deep purple Heucheras. They were divided a few years ago from a potted plant invested with vine weevils. It seems the weevils leave them alone if in the ground. Their foliage contrasts well with the pink and purple tulips and white Narcissi (Thalia, I think). This combination was originally pure fortune, but I have added more of these colours in the past couple of years.

Finally a glimpse of the “old”, or alternative Tuesday View.

Golden Euonymus and Aubretia are taking the stage here at the moment. I am also looking forward to seeing the Aquliegias flowering here soon.

What is grabbing your attention in your garden today? Do join me in sharing one particular view each week. It can be an eye opener, as I have discovered! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰

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 Β 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 β€˜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. πŸ™‚

(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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The Tuesday View: 11th April 2017

This Tuesday I am quite excited about this view as it is blossoming and turning greener by the minute!

The highlight for me is definitely this Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’, in front of the Acer. I’ll zoom in a little…

Tricky to see in the midday sun, so here is a close-up…

The first petal of a flower is just about to unfurl! I planted this two years ago and it didn’t flower last year. In fact I thought it had died. So it got extra special attention (extra water and some homemade compost) last year and now it is rewarding me. I just hope it smells as good as everyone says. πŸ™‚

Other highlights are the next lot of tulips…

The purple ones (‘Purple Dream’) have been in for years and still do well, and the pink one is, I think, a new parrot tulip. I will have to look up what I planted last autumn. The Heuchera leaves on the left also look pretty with the sun shining through them.

Now is an exciting time in the garden, so if you would like to join me in showing the same one view of your garden every week, to watch the changes that occur in that spot as the seasons progress, then please do! And leave a link in the comments below so we can find you.

Happy gardening!