In a Vase on Monday: Midsummer

This Monday is Midsummer’s Day, St John’s Day or in Germany ‘Johannistag’, still celebrated in smaller communities with bonfires or beacons and perhaps a party too.

I am celebrating it with flowers – in a vase of course, as it is Monday! And on Mondays gardeners from far and wide join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to put materials plucked from their gardens or foraged locally into a vase to share. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our meadow and the perimeters of the garden are full of summer flowers and they seemed so appropriate for Midsummer’s Day.

I’m not sure I can put a name to them all, but will try! There are still lots of the large Moon Daisies (Ox-Eye Daisies), but the other daisy-type white flowers are two different types of Chamomile and Fleabane. The clustered white flowers are Achillea…

… but sometimes the midsummer magic turns the Achillea pink… ๐Ÿ˜‰

The purply pink flower is Centaurea (Knapweed) and the yellow flower next to it in the next photo is Bird’s-foot Trefoil…

Naturally a midsummer vase needs St. John’s Wort (Hypericum), which never fails to flower just in time for this date…

This tall flower bud hasn’t opened yet, but I think it is Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace)…

A few snippets of perhaps not so useless information : according to tradition here, rhubarb and asparagus should not be picked after midsummer’s day. It is also traditionally the date when the mowing of meadows began, although often it is two or three weeks earlier these days. And also the date when I shall start watching out for glow worms. ๐Ÿ™‚ (P.S. This evening we did indeed see the first ones on the edge of the garden near the woods. Midsummer magic. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I found a lovely Beth Chatto quote on the NGS website recently, which I find true on face value but today in particular on another level as well…

‘Grow contented plants and you will find peace among them.’

Worthy of thought.

Have a wonderful week, and if the heatwave in western Europe is headed your way too, stay cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

48 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Midsummer

  1. Thanks for the quote – another one to add to the garden, Cathy! And thanks for your beautiful meadow flowers too, most definitely reminiscent of a summer’s day in the country

  2. I love both the bouquet and the quote! And glow worms?! I had to look them up. Those found in the US are generally called fireflies or lightning bugs here but, whichever family of glowing bugs are under discussion, I can’t say I’ve ever seen any in my part of the world – they remain a magical image in my mind.

    • It is magical Anna! There is something special about seeing little specks of light floating around on the edge of the woods like fairies. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are right – that is the butterfly bed in the background and it is growing despite the drought and heat! ๐Ÿ™‚ The Buddleia should be opening soon.

  3. Full of the essence of summer! None of my Achillea has offered to turn pink – how pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚
    The fireflies here have been glowing in the evenings for a month or more. The type we have in eastern North America are adult forms, the males fly around while the females shelter in the grass. The glow is distinctly yellow. But apparently your glow worms and our fireflies are closely related!
    Enjoy your midsummer celebrations!

    • Yes, I believe our glow-worms are very similar to your fireflies. Isn’t it magical watching them! I know there are lots of different ones, but here the males also fly while the females glow on the ground. It is a very clear white light, perhaps slightly greenish. It was so lovely to see them arrive bang on time. They are sometimes called ‘St John’s Day Beetles’ here!

  4. That is a really lovely vase, and it has summer written all over it. One of these days, I’m going to make myself join in this excellent meme again. The past few months have been a whirlwind…

    • Thank you Beth. It has been busy here too, but I am always happy if I can find time to put a Monday vase together (usually on a Sunday!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The dog days have begun early here and we are hoping for some cooler nights at least perhaps next week. The garden is standing up to the heat well though, so far!

    • Both are beautiful and very attractive to our pollinators, and as far as cattle are concerned Hypericum is apparently not a problem. I wouldn’t call them invasive as I have never had one pop up in my garden beds – thistles are another matter though! It is interesting to hear what plants are considered invasive in their new environments. Canadian golden rod is invasive here, and in places has suppressed the native Solidago virgaurea.

      • Golden rod has been observed in a few small colonies here, which has some of us concerned. I can not imagine how it got here, and how it got into the odd isolated spots it is in. It was seen a few years ago, and does not seem to be migrating. In fact, as quickly as it appears in a new spot, it disappears from another. There are many aggressively invasive exotics here, but some species just do not compete well in the climate.

        • I wonder if you have seen Himalayan Balsam? It is common in most of Europe now, mostly in damp humid spots near water or on the edges of woodland and is ‘invasive’, but like your golden rod it tends to disappear from some spots and pop up in others from year to year. It has been removed on river or canal banks as it is feared it may suppress native plants, but there isn’t a tually any eveidence of this yet. And the bees love it!

          • I have seen it only in pictures. There is another jewelweed here, but it is not very invasive. (It is not the common jewelweed, but that is how we know it.)

    • Hi Alys. It has been so hot here we are glad to go outside in the evenings to cool off and watch the glow worms/ fireflies floating around in a ghosty kind of way! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I would love to experience glow worms one day. We don’t get them here. I’m adding it to my list of things to see in this world, along with the Northern Lights, many botanical gardens and perhaps a visit one day with you.

  5. So very pretty, June seems to always provide us with some of the loveliest of flowers. I can’t believe the heatwave that you have been experiencing. I’ve be reading about it and even the mountain areas are hot. Hope you are getting some relief now.

  6. Cathy wrote to you on July 8 because I have been sick and now I am convalescing. I have had bronchitis and a lung with pneumonia has complicated me. In very weak bed and to top with the heat wave that in Madrid we were at 42ยบC and at night at 25ยบC. I love your wild flowers and none of my Achilleas has ever turned pink. That beautiful meadows surround you. It is a wonderful vase to celebrate St. John’s Day, I love it. I love the phrase, I am going to write it in my notebook, because it is the soul of a garden in harmony with nature. In the garden of the country house yes I have seen fireflies and I feel like a little girl and I stay still without moving ecstatic because of its greenish white light. Here in Spain, the night of San Juan is celebrated with bonfires on the beaches and in the villages. It has a lot of tradition. Take care. Greetings from Margarita๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ

    • Dear Margarita. So sorry to hear you have been so poorly. I do wish you a rapid recovery. Yes, fireflies make me feel like a child too. Magical! All the best and hope the heatwave is over soon. ๐ŸŒธ

      • Cathy thank you very much for your kind and sincere words. I have run out of strength and I think the recovery will take a long time. Unfortunately the wave of heat that the weekend left again comes back again. From yesterday to today the temperature in Madrid has risen 6ยบC, we are already at 35ยบC. It will have to be taken with philosophy and the fan next to it. Greetings from Margarita๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท

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