In a Vase on Monday: Rebel

‘Amazing Parrot’ is a rather bright and flashy tulip. As you can see here it is not shy!

It looked lovely in pots last spring….

But as I needed the pots in the summer, I dried the bulbs and wrapped them in a brown paper bag to save in my cellar. Only to forget about them! So late November I hurriedly planted them in my Butterfly Bed without much thought involved.


Well, they look awful in the Butterfly Bed, which is mostly pink and blue with some pastelly colours. And what’s more, the stems are very short this year. Off with their heads!

I had no qualms for once about cutting a big handful of tulips and added some bright blue Muscari growing in abundance nearby as a nice companion. So my vase may seem a bit brash today. ๐Ÿ˜Ž But I don’t care because it is good to rebel now and again! ๐Ÿคช

And I love having a colourful arrangement in the house. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely Monday meme. Do go and see what she has in her vase today. Or maybe you want to join her and share a vase?

Have a great week, with lots of COLOUR! ๐Ÿค—


In a Vase on Monday: Cool!

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme is always a pleasure, and now that the garden is beginning to get established I have more choice of spring flowers to pick. My cowslip is doing well on the edge of the Oval Bed, as you can see in this first photo, and I hope it will eventually spread into the grass. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

My little jug is crammed full of Hellebores: Prince Double White, Ice ‘N’ Roses red, and ‘Carlotta’. I also used the no-name Pulmonaria hybrid brought over from my old garden, which is an enormous plant now. Then cowslips and a few Narcissi for some sunny yellow.

I am no good at remembering daffodil names, but I think this paler one from the Moon Bed is ‘Sailboat’. There are still a few sorts that haven’t opened yet, but at least they will last longer in our cool spring. (You have to be positive, don’t you! ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Have a great week, and hopefully a warmer one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In a Vase on Monday: Spring Times Six

Monday is vase day, and I am pleased to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again. But my vase today is actually six little vases all joined together!

This ingenious ‘vase’, given to me by a friend some years ago, means I can show off lots of different Spring flowers at once. ๐Ÿ˜‰

First, a Muscari and an unlabelled Pulmonaria brought with me from the old garden.

Then a Puschkinnia… love those stripes!

And finally Glory of the Snow, Bellis and a double primula.

Last week I mentioned that the little jug I used had some eggs on the base inside, but I had not thought to photograph them before filling the jug with flowers. So here’s a photo!

Hope you are all enjoying warmer temperatures than here… We had an amazing 21ยฐC one day last week but are down to just single digits again tomorrow with snow flurries already! I have been preparing my new bed today though, so will be glad of a few days rest! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s a preview….

It’s about 24 metres long and about 1.5 metres wide, forming a boundary for the flower garden. Planting should start as soon as this cold spell is over. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Happy gardening!