In a Vase on Monday: Buttermilk

Cream, yellow and white seem to be predominant colours all around us now, with the hedgerows alive with St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Queen Ann’s Lace (Daucus carota), golden grasses and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), to name just a few.

I picked some wild flowers from the edges of a meadow that has not been cut at all this summer, and plonked them in a vase. But for Cathy’s meme I decided a ‘proper’ vase was needed and gathered more creams and whites and yellows for my milk jug. This was also inspired by the roadsides and hedges, and by the jug itself.


The Leucanthemum daisies and yellow Achillea ‘Parker’ were the starting point. Then Alchemilla mollis and some yellow Fennel were added, along with some Feverfew, Clematis seed heads, a white Heuchera flower, wild Yarrow and some white airy wild flowers that look a bit like cow parsley, but I don’t know what they are…. Milk Parsley perhaps?


I love the sunshine effect this vase created when I brought it inside. ๐Ÿ˜€

And here was the first vase from the meadow. I may not have identified everything correctly, as there were a few things I recognize but have never named…

There is a large stem of Artemisia in there too, as well as various clovers, some Agrimony and some wild Yarrow (Achillea).

Our host Cathyย at Rambling in the Garden is having a party with Annabelle today, so do drop by for a share in the celebrations! ๐Ÿ˜‰

38 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Buttermilk

  1. I love daisies in a milk jug. It’s like the most simple Summer pleasure, and the other yellows and light greens make it really glow.

    • It has been a good year for all the wild flowers and I should use more of them, but it is rather hot for wandering through meadows now, so I shall stay near the cool house instead!

  2. So typical of hedgerows, well European hedgerows anyway! Both are lovely and frothy and just shout ‘summer’ at us! Thank you for sharing

  3. “frothy” is the word. So summery,
    Seeing that you are so adept at making lovely flower mosaics, may I invite you to leave one or two [ or three ;-)] of them on my monthly floral mosaic site ?

    The ones here are so sweet and fresh. Hedgerows are full of good things t the minute.

  4. Both arrangement are delightful and very cheerful, Cathy! I’m surprisingly short of yellow and white flowers in my garden right now so it’s wonderful to see those colors in yours.

    • Thanks Kris! Whites really make the garden look fresher in the heat, but I always hesitate when planting white flowers as they can look so drab when going over. Nice for cutting in any case!

  5. Gorgeous! Can’t wait to be out in the country again. Also: Interesting how Bavaria differs sooo very much from the Wendland (besides accent, religion, politics and everything else, obviously ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, though. Alchemilla has actually wilted by now, while fennel is not even really there, from what I hear. Maybe because we’re basically gardening on sand in some areas.

    • My Alchemilla is beginning to look singed, but I shall cut it right back and fresh growth should appear soon. And the Fennel just loved our damp spring and early summer and has grown to new heights! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It varies a lot even within our own region though. Our soil is chalky and stony, typical for this valley, while higher up a few miles away the soil is acid and they can grow beautiful azaleas!

    • Thank you Ricki. That bubbly white flower is so pretty, and dropping hundreds of seeds, so my garden may disappear beneath a sea of froth next summer! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. This is really pretty, and perfectly named, Cathy! I bet it does bring the sunshine right into the house! I like the wildflowers too. I’ve been doing a lot of driving this past week, and have been admiring the wild flowers that grow at the edges of the highways. Lots of Queen Ann’s Lace, wild chicory, and Black-eyed Susans right now. I’ve been tempted to pull over and pick a bouquet, but haven’t yet. Maybe later this week when I go pick my daughter up from camp!

    • I have also wanted to stop countless times and pick armfuls of flowers from the roadside, but common sense tells me it’s a bit dangerous on a main road! I must find a side road with a parking area! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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