In a Vase on Monday: Loveliness

Mondays are often busy, but today I had time to wander around the garden and choose some flowers for a vase, so that I could join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with her lovely meme again.

However, when I have a fixed idea of what I want to create, it never turns out as I planned, so I ended up with two vases today, and both of them are simply “lovely”. Hence the title!

The first one features my lovely deep red peony. This is always the second to flower and doesn’t get quite as tall as the later ones, standing up well to rain or wind. With purpley-blue Aquilegias and a single blue Centaurea it  looks absolutely lovely.


(Note the poppies flowering in the background… the one I used in my vase last week lasted a good 3-4 days.)


A match made in heaven…


The second vase uses lots of Moon Daisies, grasses and paler Aquilegias.


I added one of the Siberian irises, just opening, and some deep purple and some white Geranium phaeum, which has proved to last extremely well as a cut flower.


Some blue Veronica and Omphalodes verna, and a couple of Pulsatilla seed heads completed the airy effect. The white Aquilegia below is, I think, called Green Apples.

On a grey day there is nothing better than bringing the garden indoors. Do take a look at Cathy’s creation this week, and all the others who have linked in with floral loveliness.


P.S. Thanks to my lovely commenters last week my mystery plant was identified as a type of Celosia.


The rigid petals are quite fascinating!

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!

In a Vase on Monday: Short and Sweet

A very short post this Monday, as I share a vase with flowers from my garden for the weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.


Short and sweet, refers not only to my post (time has got the better of me today), but also to the flowers – the Narcissi smell gorgeous and the stems of all the other flowers I picked (except the Snowflakes) are rather short!

Cowslips, Narcissus Thalia, Summer Snowflake, Pulsatilla, Anemone Coronaria, Corydalis cheilanthifolia (the yellow flower at the back), blue and white ‘Forget-me-nots’ (actually Brunnera), and blue and white Muscari.


Actually picked on Saturday, as a table decoration, but photographed today.


Have a lovely week everyone!

In a Vase on Monday: Golden Winners

Before I show you my Monday vase this week, a brief update on the vote for the Amaryllis in my post An Amaryllis Winter just before Easter. Thank you for joining in the fun vote and leaving comments too!

And the winner is…



Closely followed by Lemon Star

Actually the poll showed Lemon Star ahead, but according to the comments I think Chico won by a slim margin of two points.:) They were my favourites too and I hope to grow these two again next year.

So, now to my vase, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden – along with many other vase creators around the world – in collecting materials from my garden to bring into the house every Monday.


As you can see, I couldn’t NOT use my forsythia vase again. But this week I added some other golds to go with the Forsythia itself, which finally opened outdoors last Thursday after our first really warm day of the year.

(Since then we have had several hot days, over 20°C!)


I’m afraid I have forgotten the names of the daffodils, but I think they don’t mind just being called “Daff”…


I think this is Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Heart’s Delight’.

I love the slight pink tinge around the tips of the petals, which is more prominent on those growing in partial shade.


I also included some Euphorbia myrsinites, some of my yellow Hellebore flowers (‘Frühlingssonne’) which are now going over, and a couple of daffodils.

You can click on any image to enlarge them.

So April has got off to a good start with warmth and sunshine. I do hope it continues, but with some gentle rain overnight of course!😉

Have a good week!