In a Vase on Monday: In the Garden!

Monday is the day I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme. The title of today’s vase refers not only to where the photo was taken, but also to where I spent all day – working in the garden. It was wonderful! I saw the first bee. I saw the first crocus. I ache all over!

And I picked some snowdrops.



To fill out the vase I added a few Spring Snowflakes (Leucojum vernum), which also have a lovely name in German – March Bells (Märzglöckchen).


In addition, I still have some Hippeastrum flowering, including this beauty which is almost the same as the red one I posted a few weeks ago.


As it started to lean to one side I decided to cut it, and discoveed another two shoots coming.

Today was a good day.

Hope you have a good start to the week too!

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!


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!


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…


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

In a Vase on Monday: Poppity Pop!


After saving the first poppy to open from a downpour a couple of weeks ago it was put in a vase and I was pleased to see it lasted several days. So now that the poppies are at their peak I decided to make them the focus of this week’s vase for Cathy’s meme at Rambling in the Garden.


As you can see in the picture below the ferns really accentuate their colour in the rockery, which gave me the idea to combine them in a vase.


I added Lady’s Mantle…


… which is another plant with lime green foliage, and it looks particularly pretty just before the flowers open too.


I am so glad I cut these on Sunday, as Sunday evening we had a big thunderstorm with absolutely torrential rain and they are now looking rather bedraggled…

These poppies all came from one packet of seeds, sown out many years ago (I just looked it up – 2006!) in a container in early summer and planted out in the following autumn. From just a few plants I now have quite a display, so if you are hesitating in trying out Papaver orientale I can only sing their praise and have never had any problems, except for them getting too vigorous at times and seeding themselves out in the wrong place!


Thanks to Cathy for hosting, and have a good week!


In a Vase on Monday: The Can-can Girls

This Monday I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again with a vase. Correction, several vases…

Meet The Can-can Girls!


(It is raining steadily again, after several days of very cold and wet weather, so these were snipped to savour them before they get totally drenched.)

This is Poppy at the centre of the stage – a real show-stopper and the leading lady, although she does tend to clash a bit. (That doesn’t seem to bother her!)


Then Paeonia (known as Pea to her friends) is looking rather sparkly in her frilly pink dress complete with diamond-like raindrops.


The shy one is Iris, long-legged and willowy and a bit classier than the other girls.


And finally Tulipa Estella Rijnveld (the other girls just call her Stella but she doesn’t like her name being shortened) is a bit past her prime, but still going strong. Just look at those petticoats!


Do you have any stars putting on a show in your garden this week? Do share!


Before I leave you today, I have a mystery plant… this was given to me yesterday by some neighbours. They also have no idea what it is…

Any assistance would be appreciated, as I should like to find out what kind of care it needs.


In a Vase on Monday: Purple

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again this Monday for her weekly meme where we gather things from our gardens for a vase to bring indoors.


As spring progresses towards summer (or so it seems at the moment with our gorgeous sunshine) the tulips are gradually stripping out in the warmth, shedding their petals rather elegantly, as tulips tend to do. But one remained fully clothed for today, albeit one I don’t remember planting or even seeing before! The mystery tulip is very dark purple, almost black. A perfect match for the Geranium phaeum I intended to use anyway, as it is taking over one spot in my garden. I love the decorative foliage on this G. phaeum, which reflects the chocolatey purple of the flowers.


I also wanted to use the seedheads of my red Pulsatilla vulgaris. Another favourite, and the colours matched too. So in it went, along with a few purple Heuchera leaves and a fading deep red Hellebore.


And since I had decided on a purple glass vase, a few cuttings of sage and lavender around the edges lightened it up a bit.


I hope you are all getting some of this beautiful blue sky too.


Have a week filled with sunshine!


In a Vase on Monday: A Sweet Embrace

What a beautiful sunny day today, and it was really warm too. Lots of jobs needed doing, so my vase for Cathy’s meme didn’t get too much attention this week. Nonetheless the flowers I chose gave me a big hug when I put them in a vase full of cool water. 🙂


 The white arms outstretched are the sweet smelling Spirea (unidentified as yet). I also included several different tulips, including a flashy new parrot tulip that opened this week, helpfully labelled “Parrot Tulip”. Then some Cowslips and Dandelions, Lamium and Kerria japonica. There’s a big Hellebore leaf in there along with a couple of the large Trachystemon orientalis leaves and a whisp of Fennel.


Oh, and a new Narcissus which I think is called “Cheerfulness”.


Here’s a big hug from my Spirea for you all. (See that blue sky?)!


Have a sunny week!


In a Vase on Monday: An Artist’s Palette

I am back in Germany now, and after a short break from blogging I am pleased to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with a vase (well, actually two) filled with delights from my garden.


On the left: A small pink Lilac Wonder, Jan Steen, Lucky Parrot, and Lilac Wonder again.

Centre top is unknown, and at the front is Aga Khan, a lovely bright double orange flower with a short stem, going well with the orange Princess Irene at the back. I think the pink parrot tulip on the right is Libretto, and the double white is called Gerard Dou.

The second vase below  contains Purple Dream, the yellow Flashback, Green Star, White Triumphator, Spring Green and a clashing red Eyecatcher. A few remain nameless, but nonetheless gorgeous.


When I was asked to draw a flower as a child, I inevitably drew a tulip. Later, when asked what my favourite flower was, I would usually say tulips. No roses for me! Today I am still drawn to these beautiful and varied blooms. Aren’t they just fascinating?



On my return from the UK at the weekend I was amazed to find how far ahead Germany is already. With some very warm and sunny days recently the trees are more green than brown, the blackthorn blossom has been and gone and the tulips are in full force – many flowering earlier than usual so the combinations are a little over-the-top, but I love them!

However, it has turned very cold here again this week, and April is behaving badly as usual with wintry snow showers spoiling the intermittent sunshine. I did manage to catch the sun shining through a skylight in our hall though, creating the dramatic effect in the photos. Sometimes I wish I could paint…

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of the tulips outside, enjoying a drop of sunshine again after yet another snow flurry!

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Have a lovely week everyone!