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. πŸ˜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! πŸ˜‰)

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

36 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Cool!

  1. That narcissus really stands out against the deep pink hellebores. That very chunky mulch is very attractive, giving a similar look to large gravel or pebbles. I do like that.

    • I like the look of the mulch too Noelle, but I think the ground is slower warming up underneath it in spring. It is perfect in summer though for retaining moisture when we get hot or windy weather. πŸ˜ƒ

  2. How beautiful! And I love the different shades in colour of the flowers as you took photos from different angles. Have a wonderful week, Cathy. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Joanne. I was thinking of you this morning as I watched Australia’s Sky News with Rowan Dean talking about climate change. πŸ€ͺ Hope all is well with you. I think wordpress has unsubscribed you. Grrr! Will go and check out your recent posts.

      • Really? I watch Rowan Dean often myself. He has a few radical ideas, but when investigated, they usually prove to be based on fact.
        WordPress can be temeramental. I’ve been ‘unsubscribed’ from blogs occasionally too and have had to resubscribe.

  3. I do enjoy the cooler weather of spring, which makes gardening more pleasant. I’m loving your Hellebores. I’m determined to pick up some new ones when our nurseries open next week. Plant therapy! πŸ˜‰

      • Thanks, Cathy. This grower is only seasonal, offering sales April through June. Last year was a record year for them, pandemic gardeners were legion! He offers fall and Christmas markets, but they aren’t as busy as spring.

  4. Haha -cowslips certainly spread into the grass here, and cracks in the paving and…! What a good idea to have a case crammed with hellebores, particularly if they are slightly ‘over’ and will therefore at well in the vase. Your jug certainly typifies spring in your garden so thanks for sharing it. By the way, Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ is still entirely blue – in fact I meant to include it in my own jug but forgot!

  5. Cathy your primrose is wonderful, she loves it. I love all the flowers in your lovely vase: helleboros, lungwort, daffodils and primrose. It is such a magnificent and beautiful vase, so full of joy, I love it. I am very happy that your garden is thriving and growing beautifully. Cathy have a very happy week and a happy gardening. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita πŸ˜€πŸ˜˜πŸŒžπŸŒ·

  6. Cowslips are something I’d love to have spread in my garden but Primulas of any kind are but short-term visitors here. You have a beautiful collection of hellebores too. I envy you your cool spring – those cooler temperatures are but a memory here already as we fast-forward into summer-like conditions.

    • The problem with cool springs is that I have trays and trays of seedlings on my windowsills waiting to go out! It is still around freezing point at night, but is slowly warming up in the daytime.

  7. those Hellebores have such a deep color, gorgeous with the pale yellows. Cowslip and Cow Parsley always make me stop and search the plant as these are unknown to me, what do cows have to do with it?

    • Well, cowslips and cow parsley do flower in fields and meadows, where the cows graze. So perhaps they why they got their names! I have no idea if the cows are partial to them though. πŸ˜‰ I am looking forward to the cow parsely flowering soon!

  8. I bought a pot of Hellebores now here’s hoping I do not kill them πŸ™‚ They are hoping to become as beautiful as yours. Did you 2 get your shots yet? We got ours the day before they shut down the J&J one the one we took of course.

    Enjoy your place and happy spring gardening I here we have a huge storm dropping 12 + inches of snow 2500 miles to my west having just added 20 Asparagus crowns I am hoping it misses our home.

  9. A lovely vase Cathy. Your hellebores look as if they are still in full flow and what a beautiful narcissus whatever its name. It could well be ‘Sailboat’ as the petals are swept back which I think led to the name. It is definitely much warmer here although we are promised a cold night tonight so all the seedlings will be coming into the greenhouse for the night.

  10. Wow, that is cool that daffodil are still going. Ours were late this year too, but not so late that any remain. Their chronology was different too. Those that bloomed last this year were not the last to bloom last year.

    • I still have some that aren’t quite open. It is nice to have a few open at a time and not too early, and not everything all at once so just the tatty foliage is left standing for ages! If they open later the foliage is then hidden by pernnials growing up around them .πŸ˜‰

  11. I’ve ordered a couple of Hellebores from an on-line nursery and I’m waiting for them to arrive. I haven’t seen any in my local nurseries or garden centers, and I’ve never grown them before. I bought them purely from the memory of your arrangements and having admired them in your garden. Your garden and flower knowledge inspires me, Cathy!

    • Ooh, how exciting Debra! Good luck with your hellebores! The white one didn’t last in a vase at all, but the other two still look great. They seem to last longer in a vase if picked later in their flowering stage. The seedheads are lovely too. πŸ˜ƒ

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