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… ๐Ÿ˜‰


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. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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


43 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Marvellous May

    • I love the hostas at this time of year, but by July or so the slugs are looking for moisture and devour them! I must take a before and after photo! LOL!

  1. Cathy I do have many garden decorations…I love Woody. Now to your vase…a beautiful arrangement chock full of color including the foliage….we have been having a heat wave for weeks now…but thankfully we are getting afternoon thunderstorms now. We were parched.

    • That sounds like our April, where we hardly had a drop and things were wilting in the unusual warmth. Let’s hope for some moderate weather this month!

    • I am learning to use foliage to advantage not only in the vases, but in the garden planting too… more grasses and euphorbias would be good. The hostas look great at the moment with all the rain we have had in the last 10 days!

    • The Siberian irises are producing buds already too. I hope the other (later) peonies can catch up with them as they look lovely if they flower together. I can hardly believe how quickly everything is happening now!

  2. What a perfectly lovely arrangement Cathy! I love the colours, and the textures, and the flower/greenery combinations! We are sorely lacking in warmth, so I think my garden is way behind yours. Your Iris are so pretty. I don’t have any of those, but I am hopeful that my peony plants will eventually bloom! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • My other peonies will need another couple of weeks yet, and hopefully some irises will hang on until then as this combinatin is one of my favourites. Do plant some irises one day Dana! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your weather warms up soon.

  3. What a beautiful and unusual composition you’ve pulled together this week! I like the Euphorbia with the Iris and Peony, Cathy. And what a peony! It looks like summer fireworks! Just a gorgeous blossom to take center stage this week! I love your woodpecker, and your garden looks like the perfect spot to enjoy many hours relaxing out of doors. Happy Mother’s Day! WG

    • Thank you WG! The outdoor season has got off to a good start and this peony was just waiting for some moisture to bloom. Well, we have had plenty of rain now, but lots of sunshine too as well as high night time temperatures, so very good for both garden and gardener! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh such pretty flowers Cathy and I do like that hosta. Long may the snails and slugs turn their noses up at it. Do you know its name?

    • I’m afraid I don’t, Anna. It was planted in the shady area on the north side of the house and in another shady spot when we came here and I must admit there were just too many of them so some have now been replaced with new plants… all to be posted about at some stage! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Oh yes, lots of garden decorations – too many to mention ๐Ÿ™‚ The use of hosta leaves as a collar is so effective, such a good use of still perfect leaves, and your peony is perfect and prettily pink. I am also beginning to see euphorbia in a different light. Very effective – thanks for sharing

    • The peony has sadly not lasted long in the vase, but the other buds are bursting and might even open today. I am not sure why this one is always so early, but it certainly extends my peony season to several weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s always hard to predict when my peonies will flower, as the buds often show a little colour ages beforehand. Hope yours open soon for you Anca! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Beautiful vase this week, Cathy. Blue/violet, pink and yellow is one of my favorite combinations. I adore peonies, ours have a few weeks yet, but the heat we’ve had this week has made an explosion of green here. It won’t be long now.
    In answer to your question, we have a statue of Bottecelli’s Venus in the bed with the bleeding hearts – Goddess of Love, right? and a little mermaid by the pond. When the kids were young there were toy dinosaurs, army guys and even a life-like iguana – lol – as the kids decided to put their stamp on the garden, too. Kind of miss those days, sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • LOL! Well, I don’t have the excuse of having children around, so have to tone down my garden decorations a little. I could easily go over the top, but the plants hide a lot of it anyway! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I wonder if you can grow peonies Kris? I suppose they don’t like the heat… The Siberian irises will soon be out too, so you will probably see them in a vase soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. It’s funny about the garden “art”–and I use the word “art” with a broad smile. I have a plaster hen that sits very prominently in the garden and is completely out of place. I can’t seem to move it or get rid of it because it was my grandmother’s and in her garden and somehow the nostalgia of it trumps the fact that it really doesn’t make any sense in my landscape. Now about that peony! Oh my gosh but that’s a stunner! We definitely cannot grow them, but I do believe this is your most beautiful vase yet! The color is just outstanding. I wonder if you’ve ever counted how many different flowering plants you have in your garden, Cathy? The variety is just so special. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’d love to see that hen one day Debra! LOL! I have bought several things for my garden on a whim, but many little bits and pieces in my garden were gifts, and even if not exactly to my taste they remind me of the giver and cannot be removed! The peonies are just getting started now, and although they often get spoilt by a single rainshower I do love them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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