In a Vase on Monday: Highlights of May

One of the highlights of May is definitely the Aquilegias, reaching for the sky in shades of purple, blue and pink…

For my Monday vase this week I chose to cut some of these tall stalks to contrast with an iris that has just opened and the lovely pale and mid-blue Camassias.

I added Geranium phaeum (again!)…

And on the outer edges I also added a white Geranium sylvaticum ‘Album’, which is not quite as prolific as the chocolatey purple G. phaeum but just as tall (about 60-70cms), and grows well in complete shade, adding lovely highlights to my North border.

What are the highlights in your garden right now? Do you have particularly tall plants in May?

Thanks go to Cathy, who hosts this wonderful meme at ‘Rambling in the Garden‘.

The Tuesday View: 16th May 2017

It’s hot! A few summery days lie ahead of us before the next thunderstorms are forecast, and I shall make the most of the time I have available to do some weeding and cut back a few things. As you can see in today’s view, everything is growing like mad and getting greener and greener!

I think some of that Lysimachia needs to come out before the clematis obelisk on the left gets swallowed up! (The bell has almost disappeared already!)

The acer is the star this week. It is a lovely fresh pale green at this time of year…

And if we look through it we can see the first of the irises…

And look, a peony has opened! It looks a bit like how I felt this lunchtime in the hot sun though!

The lovely aquilegia below (‘Rose Queen’) is actually not quite within the Tuesday view, but it is one of the first to open. The others are almost all mixes that have spread around over the years and are only just starting to bloom. They seem taller than ever this year!

If you have a view of your garden that would like to focus on and share through the seasons, please join me and my fellow Tuesday View crowd and leave a link below in the comments.

Happy May!

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. 🙂

Finding a Niche

There are several plants in and around my garden that pop up in different places each year. Our top compost heap is home to nettles and Jack-in-the-Hedge (Alliaria) this year. While the beech hedge on the north side of the house has offered cover for Greater Celandine. The ants, birds and puffs of wind help them find a new niche to thrive. Sometimes in the most inconvenient of places, but we are flexible here!

The Cymbalaria muralis, for example, has moved up a few steps this spring…

Along with the Aubretia…

Corydalis lutea started out as a single plant in my front bed and now appears in both familiar and new spots, making use of nooks and crannies…

Another pleasing sight is the little violas that have seeded themselves from a single (purple) plant all the way down our garden path…

They are accompanied by violets and a few other weeds…

… as well as wild strawberries…

Then there are those unwanted ones too, of course… but beggars can’t be choosers…

And finally, the Nigella have returned. I wonder what colours will appear this year… 🙂

Do you have any colonizers in your garden?

🙃

 

The Tuesday View: 9th May 2017

Tuesday has come round once again – time to show my Tuesday view, although I feel not all that much has changed since last week.

If I look down to the spot where I am standing to take these photos I can see Geranium phaeum… the foliage is so lovely, as well as the purple flowers, echoing the reddish brown of a Heuchera planted here as well.

The acer leaves have unfurled further, the lavender is looking greener, and the early peony buds have got fatter…

From a slightly different angle you can see some of the remaining tulips in the top bed on the left. And down in the meadow on the right the day lily leaves and brownish green foliage of Aruncus dioicus can be spotted too.

Has your view changed this week? What is catching your eye most at this time of year? If you would like to join me in highlighting one particular view of your garden as it changes through the seasons, please leave a link below in the comments.

Happy gardening!

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!

The Tuesday View: 2nd May 2017

It’s been raining all morning but it looks as if the sun might make it later after all. Nonetheless, I thought I had better take some pictures of my Tuesday view now (2.30 pm) in case it starts raining again…

The most noticeable change is the green trees in the background and how the Lysimachia and Geraniums in the foreground have grown.

Lysimachia on the left, Geranium in foreground

This lovely Geranium spreads like mad, but I pulled a lot out in early spring to give the other plants some breathing space. The Lysimachia also gets pulled up here at regular intervals to keep it in check!

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’

These buds should be open by next week. 🙂

I have already got a few of my favourite Geraniums flowering – G. phaeum. Do you have a favourite Geranium sort in your garden too?

If you would like to join me in showing one particular view of your garden on a weekly basis, to follow its progress through the gardening year, please leave a link below!