In a Vase on Monday: A Meadow in May

I love joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden every Monday as she invites us to pick materials from our gardens for a vase.

This weekend has been spent at our country house, so the flowers are wild flowers from the meadows and land around us. A strong breeze on Sunday made the grasses come alive, and the textures tempt you to reach out your hands and stroke them.

I have no idea of the identity of all these wild grasses – a project for a winter evening perhaps! The flowers included are moon daisies, ‘Ragged Robin’ (Silene/Lychnis flos cuculi), white campion (Silene latifolia) and red clover, along with cow parsley of course. There were a few pale mauve campanulas in the meadow too, but I didn’t pick any as most had gone over what with the heat and wind. The Achillea and Scabious will be opening soon as well.

I brought along some peonies from home too, to enjoy their scent indoors – their season is so short this year so I must make the most of them!


In fact they started off in the green vase, which I then swapped over and used for the wild flowers…




Have a good week!



62 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: A Meadow in May

  1. Lovely. The wildflowers look very happy at your county home. Is that a new place for you? Looks very inviting and restful. The peonies are gorgeous too. Enjoy!

    • Hi Susie. Yes, we bought it last year and have been having work done there. I will certainly mention it more often this summer! πŸ™‚

  2. What a nice contrast – refined peonies from home and an exuberant bit of delightful meadow. Love them both!

  3. Both vases are beautiful! I especially love the wildflower vase because it is so different from what I would think of, and is a meadow in miniature!

  4. I really love wild grasses and flowers that almost look like beautiful weeds. Nature blankets open fields with food for the birds and small animals, and they may not be as striking in color as those gorgeous peonies, but the “wildness” appeals to me. I’m sure you must have thoroughly enjoyed some time in the country! What a delight. Have a great week, Cathy!

  5. I don’t think you have heard you mention your country house before, Cathy… Wherabouts is it? Your ‘wild’ vase is every bit as pretty as the peonies, if not more so – thanks for sharing

  6. Your vase looks like it is at attention. Love the grasses with your flowers. It looks like a meadow in a jar. Happy IAVOM.

  7. Two such different arrangements but each beautiful in their own right! As always, the peonies create pure envy on my part. I hope you enjoyed your weekend away.

    • Thanks Kris. The early peonies went over really quickly and these ones are much earlier than usual. We are about two to three weeks ahead this spring!

  8. I love the energy in those grasses! And this year the red campion has been incredible, hasn’t it. It is currently lining all the country lanes with such exuberance. A favourite spring flower of mine. The peonies are fresh and lovely too.

    • Yes, the campions are fabulous this year, but I have just realised the ones in my vase are not Silene dioica, but Silene flos cuculi (Ragged Robin) which I will correct above!. We have got both in our meadows and roadsides right now. πŸ™‚

  9. Wow, those are beautiful wildflowers! You do a beautiful job of incorporating the grasses and natural elements. The Peonies are gorgeous, as well. Mine are getting ready to bloom soon, too, and I’m very excited.

    • It is an exciting time in the garden Beth. I am enjoying the white peonies most right now and hoping the weather is kind to us until they are over… we so often get heavy thunderstorms just at their peak, and I get drenched trying to rescue as many as possible for vases! LOL!

    • Hi Alsion. I actually bought myself a book of our native grasses last year, but it is hard to differentiate unless you can see then lined up together. I must dry some and try again this winter! πŸ˜‰

  10. I love how you’ve captured a “meadow in a vase.” I bet the actual meadow is gorgeous, too. Beautiful peonies, too! All the peonies I’ve been seeing on IAVOM makes me want to try growing them myself.

    • Definitely worth trying Terri! If I am lucky my peony season lasts six weeks some years. Might be a bit shorter this year due to the heat, but we are into week three now. πŸ™‚

  11. Cathy I love the vase with herbs and wild flowers: you have put a May meadow in the vase. Wonderful. The peonies in white and hot pink are divine and the jar in which I like very much, with the painted tree. You have a country house, what good: a place to isolate yourself from the world and enjoy nature. The two vases are beautiful. Happy week. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  12. Christina and Cathy have taken the words right out of my mouth. I always think of you living in the country πŸ™‚ How lovely to have two plots of earth to pick flowers from. I’m not surprised that you bought the peonies with you.

    • Well, yes. We live on the edge of a village in the countryside, but our new ‘country home’ is far from everything and everyone and a beautiful retreat!

  13. Wow, Cathy, a country house. That sounds absolutely wonderful. I love the open air look, at least in the part you’ve pictured. I hope you have many happy years of enjoyment there.

    I love your vase of flowers, and the vases themselves. You must have quite a collection.

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