In a Vase on Monday: A Warm Glow

Californian Poppies have finally got established in my garden this year. Yippee! After scattering some seed last year I only got a few flowers. The plants remained green almost all winter, which amazed me, and now they have multiplied! 😃 I am now sure previous attempts to grow them in my old garden were thwarted by snails. Thankfully there are hardly any around in the new garden.

So, as I wanted to join in with Cathy’s Monday meme again at Rambling in the Garden, I decided to cut some on Sunday morning and see how they do in a vase.

I also took the opportunity to test the Geum flowers for vase use. I grew these – Geum chiloense ‘Blazing Sunset’ – from seed two springs ago and last year only a couple of flowers appeared. But this year the plants are much stronger and are flowering profusely, brightening up the Sunshine Bed as well as a very windswept corner of the Herb Bed.

They are a very strong orangey red (some of the photos are a little deceptive showing a pink tinge) and the frilly flowers are strikingly visible from a distance.

Alchemilla mollis is a perfect filler for some contrasting green, and for a splash of light two pretty Aquilegias. I am afraid I can‘t tell the difference, but the labels say one is Kristall and the other is Yellow Queen. The orange flower is Hawkweed, Hieracium x rubrum.

I love the wild yellow Hawkweed we see around here, so added this orange one to the herb bed in the hope it will spread. After all, it IS a weed! 😜

The colours of these flowers are a lovely contrast to the pinks and blues in the Butterfly Bed right now and are creating a warm glow on my dining table. And now, over 24 hours after being cut, the poppies and geums are still glowing and are apparently happy in the vase.


What is glowing in your garden today?

Have a great week!

37 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: A Warm Glow

  1. What a bright and cheerful vase Cathy! I love the photo of the geum growing alongside the acid green of the euphorbia. That is a delightful combination!
    So glad your poppies are getting established. I’m sure once they get going, they will throw seed everywhere and give you a bed of bright orange. Have a happy week as cheerful as your vase!!!

    • If it was ants, surely they‘d pop up somewhere else? 😉 Could just be luck, with the right conditions just as they are germinating I suppose.

  2. I love the mix of warm colors, Cathy. Your California poppies look better than mine did (they’re already done for the reason here). As you may imagine this is rather frustrating given that I live in California. I’ve been trying to get them established on my back slope for years now but still get only a handful of blooms each year. We had decent rain this year but I think the timing was off for the poppies and I didn’t get down there to hand water the seeds when I should have. Oh well, there’s always next year.

    • That must be frustrating Kris and I hope they will do better for you one year. We have had very little rain so perhaps it is connected to warm temperatures. Don‘t they grow wild on higher ground, where it is cooler? I had some in my first garden that came up for several years and then one year they suddenly just disappeared… ?! Obviously one of those plants that chooses where it wants to flower! 😉

  3. Oh how exciting to know your Californian poppies are beginning to establish – there’s hope for me yet and I at least have some flowers this year! Yours look gorgeous with the geum, and the hawkweed is a great addition. Lovely!

    • Yes, I think it is a matter of perserverance with the poppies Cathy. I have been trying to grow them for years after having ‘beginner‘s luck’ in my first garden where they flourished for several years in a row and then suddenly vanished! I shall try and grow some different coloured ones next, but have been told they all revert to orange eventually!

      • The foliage of this year’s looks very different to other varieties I have tried. Strangely I have had a hint of success with cream and purple varieties – they have not self-seeded, but at least they have flowered! Interesting to read that they would revert to orange…

  4. Ah, good to know about the snails. I suppose the slugs will get them in my garden. Darn. This is the first year I’m trying poppies from seed, but they’re not growing very fast. And then they just seem to disappear. Thanks for sharing your warm glow! Stunningly beautiful!

    • Yes, I suspect the slugs and snails Beth. We had so many in our last garden and I rarely got any seedlings of anything and could only plant annuals out when they were really big. So far slugs haven‘t been a problem here… touch wood! 😉

  5. Beautiful, Cathy. California poppies are near and dear to my heart as they are the state flower. Mine flourished after I did a better job waiting for them to go too seed. What a beautiful garden you’ve sown.

  6. I love Californian poppies and I’m so glad they settled in your garden. I really like Geum and their red-orange color is beautiful. I love the two white Aquilegias. Alchemilla mollis is divine. I love wild yellow hawkweed in orange color and the idea of planting it in the herb bed to take root and spread seems fantastic to me. Cathy I love your vase: it is pure Spring color, pure joy, divine !!!!! Cathy I am sorry not to have written before but with the 33ºC heat which is nothing for Madrid, the rainy storms we have had and the atmosphere rarefied by storms, I have felt very depressed and with a headache. The heat continues and temperatures will continue to rise, because it is normal in Madrid to arrive in the summer at 40ºC, but it is time to hold on. I hope you are all OK. Enjoy your wonderful flowers. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xx

    • Thank you for your kind words Margarita. You do seem to have a very unpleasant climate for so early in the summer. I do hope the storms clear the air and you feel better. I am glad you can enjoy my flowers and hooe you will be able to grow some on your balcony this summer at least, if you are unable to go to your country home. All the best! xx

      • Thanks Cathy, you are a sun. I hope you have a wonderful climate for gardening and enjoying your garden. Yes, Cathy, in Madrid it is very hot in summer and very cold in winter. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xx

  7. Did the poppy last long enough? It is a flower that I never pick. They are so pretty on the roadside. I remember that they deteriorated quickly when I picked them as a kid.

    • Hi Tony, Well, one of the poppies (probably the one in bud in the photo) lasted until today, so that is 5 days!
      I remember picking English bluebells as a child, knowing they wouldn‘t last until we got home. But I seem to have an innate urge to pick wild flowers whenever I see them!

      • 5 days! That is much longer than I would expect. I would think that they would deteriorate after the first day. They are all over here, but I do not pick them. I did when I was a kid, just like the bluebells. I also picked San Francisco iris (Pacific Coast iris and ancestor to the Pacific Coast hybrid iris), which likewise wilted immediately.

  8. A most glowing vase Cathy. I like those geums – grown from seed you say? I feel that I may be reaching for a seed catalogue later. I’ve sown Californian poppies for the first time this year but they are still very diddy. I have read somewhere recently that they can be grown as annuals or biennials. Maybe you sowed them late in spring last year hence the more productive display this year 😄

    • I can recommend growing the geums from seed Anna. I have about ten healthy plants (and one tiny weedy one) from a single packet and I saw a similar Geum about the size of mine in the garden centre recently for over 8 euros! My Californian poppy seed was scattered in a prepared area of the flower bed around May last year and left to its own devices. Maybe watering would have helped but a couple flowered in the summer. The foliage was around all winter and they got off to a good start this year with our warm spring. Not sure how they might cope if we have a hard freeze in winter. We will see how they do long-term!

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