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!

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: 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: Happy Spring!

Before I present my vase for the weekly Rambling in the Garden meme, I would like to congratulate our host Cathy on her five year blogging anniversary! With “In a Vase on Monday” Cathy has inspired so many to go out into their gardens each week to find materials for a vase to share. Not only that, her regular and cheerful posts about her garden, along with her poems, are such a pleasure to read. So thanks Cathy, and here’s to the next five years!

To mark the first day of astronomical Spring my vase this week was photographed at the exact time of the March equinox – 11.28 a.m. I didn’t actually notice the sun crossing the celestial equator, as it had gone behind a cloud (and seems to have stayed there πŸ˜‰ ) but I did then inspect the garden to find the first Narcissi opening, along with the first tulips “Early Harvest”. Bang on time! Here is one of those precious tulips, together with some Forsythia that came out today after being indoors for a few days.

I brought out my Forsythia vase, which sadly doesn’t get used very often, although it is always on display on my sideboard.

This is the cusp of Early Spring – in phenology Early Spring starts when the Forsythia opens and the Narcissi are in full bloom. Full Spring will be when the fruit trees start to blossom and the lilac is in flower. So we have plenty more of the season to come.

Happy Spring to all in the northern hemisphere, and to those in the south a very Happy Autumnal Equinox!

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In a Vase on Monday: Catching the Light

For the first time this year I have a late winter/early spring flower from my garden to put in a vase for this Monday meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

Last week I managed to remove a lot of the winter debris from my rockery and flower beds, including Miscanthus leaves strewn across the garden (it never gets cut sown in time to prevent that happening!). While gently raking up twigs and leaves left behind from the storm in January I saw something white. “Ooh, a snowdrop!”

Yes, just one!

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It was in the coldest possible spot on the north side of the house, and since it looked so cold and lonely I decided to bring it indoors!

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A little sprig of Euphorbia, some white Erica and some Heuchera leaves provided the support it needed to stand up in a vase – the tiny green vase was bought in Norfolk last summer. The glass candle holder behind it and the mat below it remind me of the ripples of the sea…

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I hope you can also see signs of spring in your garden today. Even if they are sparse, they are so very welcome!