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. 🙂

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!

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. 😉
  • 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? 🙂

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! 😉