In a Vase on Monday: A Thousand and One

This is my 1001st post! So to celebrate I have made a vase guaranteed to produce a smile or two.

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It is full of summery loveliness from my garden, and was actually inspired by this vase which I made at the end of last week to use some of the poor anemones battered by rain and wind…

The Anemones don’t last long in a vase though, so I tried to recreate the look yesterday and took it a bit further. I included:

Japanese Anemones; Perovskia; a grass that may be an early flowering Miscanthus; pink, red and white Cosmos; Golden Rod; yellow Achillea; purple Linaria; Stipa gigantea; Heuchera flowers.

This is the grand August finale, as I won’t be here next Monday and the week after that will be September already. Can you believe how quickly summer has flown by?

Now go and visit our lovely host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, with her gorgeous Dahlias and links to many other beautiful and inspiring vases from around the world!

A Tiger or a Bear?

I am very pleased that this Buddleia has recovered after freezing back completely last winter, but was then doubly happy to see these two butterflies resting on it the other day, as they are quite unusual…

The English name is Jersey Tiger, but in German they are called ‘Russian Bear’… interesting! Another name used in both languages is ‘Spanish Flag’. I wonder what the Spanish call it!

When resting you cannot see the bright orange part of the wings, so here is a Wikipedia photo to give you an idea of the flashes of bright orange when they flutter away – too quickly for me and my camera!

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In southern Germany they can often be seen, but only near the woods or on shrubby grassland. They apparently like raspberry or nettle leaves, both of which are abundant in the nearby woods and hedges.

Have you seen this butterfly? And which name would you say is more apt – Tiger or Bear?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Tuesday View: 15th August 2017

It is a beautiful sunny morning and a bank holiday here in Bavaria (Assumption Day). That means it will be a quiet morning until the annual village festival gets going, with loud music! Sadly this event also involves a programme of meat and alcohol, barbecues, pig roasts etc, which are not our cup of tea, so we will be taking a little trip elswhere later. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the meantime, as I focus once again on my Tuesday View, I notice the Acer looking tired and the Golden Rod in full bloom.

But from a different angle it still looks summery, and very green for August…

A swing to the left shows the top of the rockery, with several roses flowering…

The Miscanthus is not ready to flower yet, but a few Asters (Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’) are starting to open…

And the sedum buds are getting bigger and bigger!

Feel free to join me with ย a Tuesday view, and leave a link in the comments so we can find you.

Have a good week!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Sink or Swim

I now know that Cosmos do not float well!

With very short and curvy stems it was impossible to get these Cosmos and Scabiosa to stand up in a vase, so I decided to try floating them… well, the Scabiosa and pale blue Didiscus, along with a Clematis seed head, all floated nicely, but the Cosmos submerged almost immediately.

Nevertheless, pretty for a day or two, and now I know!

Why not visit Cathy, who hosts this meme at Rambling in the Garden. Or even join in!

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In a Vase on Monday: Buttons

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme has become a lovely ritual not only providing pleasure, but influencing what I grow and how I see my garden too. I sowed a few mixed Scabiosa in the spring with summer vases in mind, and the waiting has paid off – I am delighted with them all, even if I now don’t know which ones they are as they got mixed up when planting out into my summer containers!

Scabiosa and Knautia always remind me of buttons, and since my button tin was handy… ๐Ÿ˜‰ The larger flower in the middle is a Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’ – I feared it had succumbed to the slugs, but fortunately this plant was one of the survivors and has just started flowering!

Just to the right of the Cosmos in the photo above is my creamy Scabiosa ochroleuca, which has been in the rockery for several years now.

I particularly love this pink scabious, with Daucus carota ‘Dara’.

The Clematis tangutica is producing these gorgeous fluffy seed heads in great quantities now. Just right of this one is a small red Knautia.

A new addition to the garden this summer is this pretty Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’, planted last autumn.

The Scabiosa sown were: Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Tall Double Red’, ‘QIS Formula Mixture’ and ‘Snowmaiden’, and Scabiosa caucasica ‘House’s Hybrids’. Sowing took place much later than usual in early and mid May, as we had frosts right up until the end of May this spring. So the flowers have been late. However, since I grew these precisely for putting in vases, I had no qualms about cutting them. There are plenty more buds! The plants will be planted out in the garden in September where they might drop a few seeds and, hopefully, will appear again next year.

Thanks to Cathy for conceiving and hosting this wonderful meme – go and visit her today and enjoy beautiful and unique vases from around the globe!

The Tuesday View: 1st August 2017

Since last Tuesday little has changed in my view, and 36ยฐC is a bit too hot to stand around taking photos, so just a quick post today!

The Perovskia and Achillea stand out, but the Sedums are slowly gaining size and producing big buds ready for the late summer butterfly bonanza.

Meanwhile, here is a view I haven’t shown for a while: the ‘old’ Tuesday View from last year…

By August we get a little shade early afternoon on the corner where the Perovskia is, reducing the glare a little!

Look forward to seeing your views again this week.

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The Tuesday View: 25th July 2017

We have had grey skies, wind, showers and sporadic bursts of sunshine so far today, and when I finally decided to go out and take the weekly photo of my Tuesday View we had a mix of everything within a couple of minutes!

The Golden Clematis flowers on the right-hand side are like little lanterns when the sun goes in. And I love the sparkly raindrops reflecting on all the foliage too. The Acer, with tall Golden Rod behind it, moves so nicley in the breeze, as do the grasses.

Individual plants that look good this week areย the Hypericum shrub, the pale pink Potentilla I showed you last week, and the lovely ground cover Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) which has just started flowering. This is one of my favourites as it will flower for a couple of months and then the foliage will start turning a gorgeous bronze colour.

And finally, here is another little vista that has made me smileย  this week: my Buddleia weyeriana ‘Sungold’, which I feared lost after it froze right back in the winter, has sent up new shoots and I think I can see buds too! It is just below a sea of mint flowers, which have been abuzz!

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What has been making you smile in your garden this week?

Why not share a view of one area of your garden through the seasons? (It doesn’t need to be every week…!) Just leave a comment below so we can find you. ๐Ÿ™‚