In a Vase on Monday: Marvellous May

My first (early) peony has opened!


And with a mini heatwave forecast for tomorrow I decided to cut it for my Monday vase, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again for her marvellous meme where she challenges us to put together a vase with materials from our gardens every week.


The irises have started opening too. I divided them last autumn and now have smaller dots of blue all through the rockery. They look lovely next to my orange tulips, but as these are now going over I opted for the pink and blue combination alone.


The variegated Vinca is also in flower now, but I think the leaves are just as lovely as the flowers, and added a few sprigs for some contrast.


The various Euphorbias in the garden – all without names – lighten everything up with their fresh greens and yellows. This is my favourite…


But I like this one too… 😉


As a kind of collar around the base of the arrangement I used Hosta leaves – still untouched by the slugs and snails and growing by the minute it seems!


This last photo is a bit of a strange angle, but you can see in the background two mats on the ground beneath the Field Maple I am following this year: we often sit here for a while when we take our old dog down into the garden for some gentle exercise and fresh air… And just behind the vase is Woody, the woodpecker decoration. 😉


Do you have any cute or kitschy (or perhaps even tasteful) decorations in your garden?