In a Vase on Monday: Meadow flowers

On the edge of the woods and the perimeters of the garden there are lots of pretty meadow flowers and grasses opening. Some of the grasses are as pretty as the flowers with a reddish tinge to them, so I picked a mixture for my vase this week.


On the left are some of the remaining Moon Daisies from last weekโ€˜s vase, in my cornflower teapot. On the right, two Purple Rain Alliums that had disappeared beneath an ambitious Euphorbia and a single Scabiosa that got cut off by mistake. And in the middle the meadow flowers.


Cow parsley and bedstraw, ragged robin, buttercups and daisies and a few grasses…

The elderflowers and dog roses are also in flower already. I shall be making elderflower pancakes again soon. Doesnโ€˜t time fly!๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this special Monday meme. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

48 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Meadow flowers

  1. And I had to look up Bedstraw! It’s that wild clingy thing that looks like tall Sweet Woodruff! Same genus too, it seems. I love learning new common names of common, especially wild, flowers. Lovely vase!

    • Thanks Chris. Yes, very similar to woodruff, but taller. And sweetly scented. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Just looked it up and they are both Galium, so close relatives.

    • I am lapsing and not adding the botanical names! LOL! It gets a bit confusing sometimes trying to remember various common names in English and in German, and then I know they are often different again in the US! Ragged Robin is called a cuckoo flower here, which is so appropriate for May when we hear cuckoos calling in the woods. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    • So true. There are several meadows near us that will be cut in a couple of weeks and I must go and pick more flowers before then. There will be Scabiosa and Knapweed too. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  2. Ooh, that last photo is especially lovely, Cathy – what pretty meadow flowers and grasses you have found! I have noticed some beautiful (but probably quite ordinary) grasses on our lockdown walks too – and that elder is just beginning to flower. Haven’t seen ragged robin for some time though

    • Ragged Robin grows at the roadsides near us, and it never ceases to amaze me how it thrives so well. We must have the right soil for it. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  3. Cathy I love your meadow flowers: buttercups, tattered, bluebells and other flowers, I love them. How lucky to walk and collect such beautiful flowers! The teapot, which is lovely, is divine with the daisies, I love the set. The Alliums Purple Rain are wonderful, I love them. You have a spectacular flower Cathy. Have a good week and a good time for gardening. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ

  4. How wonderful to be surrounded by woods and meadows! Even though my area is regarded as semi-rural by many people who live in Los Angeles County, I’m sure you’d see it as very urban. I love your cow parsley and other wildflowers. I’ve never even heard of elderflower pancakes but then we don’t have elderberries either…

  5. Oh that’s a most pretty array Cathy. Our cow parsley didn’t seem to last for long this year – maybe too hot and dry for it.

  6. I love the wildflowers and just planted Ragged Robin seeds in pots (they wouldn’t grow in the ground). I envy the Alliums! We have been taking elderberry syrup to ward off the flu.

  7. Are the elderberries grown intentionally, or do they grow wild? There are two species here, and both are known as blue elderberry. There is a red one too, but it is in higher elevations. Anyway, not many people here knew that they were as useful at black elderberries until I started winning ribbons at the jelly and jam competition at a local harvest festival. I wanted to grow a black elderberry, but they can not be imported here. Nowadays, I am so pleased with the blue elderberries that I no longer crave the black sort.

    • Elder (Sambucus niger) is wild everywhere here and likes the edges of woodland or roadsides in particular. In the UK it also grows in the hedges. The only one people usually grow in gardens is Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ which has very dark leaves and is obviously not as strong or as successful as I rarely see one and lost my own specimen to drought last year. (Is that what you mean by ‘black elderberry’?) We also see Sambucus ebulus, a poisonous cousin, growing in the woods. It smells awful! It is interesting to hear you make jam Tony!

      • ‘Black Lace’ is grown here too. There is one in one of the landscapes. However, the straight species is outlawed. (I sort of wonder why the cultivars are available, but the species is not.) I wanted to grow the common ‘roadside’ black elderberry like yours for a long time, just because it is such a well known fruit in most of America. I saw them only once in Murphys (past Angels Camp); but I believe they were brought in from Nevada by someone who was unaware that they are outlawed here. I figured that they must be outlawed for a good reason, so gave up trying to get any. The native blue elderberries are toxic while fresh, make delightful syrup and jelly.

        • I wonder why they are illegal… I suppose they might be invasive given certain growing conditions. Shame I canโ€™t send you some!

          • I believe that it was the potential to be invasive. It is probably one of those restrictions from a long time ago, when society was becoming concerned about aggressively invasive exotic species that were already here.

  8. It is nice to see the native ragged robin as I have the cultivated variety. I have never seen the native plant growing around here, and it makes me wonder why. I bet it is really pretty growing in the wild. If you have elder flowers already, then soon the berries should follow. My Mother used to always take us to the wild fields and pick them and then makes us hull the berries. Not so much something I enjoyed doing as a child, but she made the best elderberry pies with them, and that made it worth it. She never did make pancakes with them. That sounds very interesting.

    • Yes, I noticed your Ragged Robin in your vase looks a bit different to mine. It grows wild here, but I never saw it near our old garden. Hulling elderberries sound like a nightmare! They stain so badly donโ€˜t they? I only put a handful in an apple crumble occasionally and leave the rest for the birds! I prefer to use the fragrant flowers instead. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Have a good weekend Cindy.

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