In a Vase on Monday: Purple Dance

The blue skies are hanging around a bit longer at last and the ‘April’ showers we have been getting all through May have subsided. πŸ˜‰ The ground is soaked through and everything is growing like mad. (A working holiday in Bavaria anyone? I have weeds and more weeds!)

The cool temperatures all month also mean I still have tulips. πŸ˜ƒ The one at the centre of my vase today is called Purple Dance, and along with Tulips Purple Dream and Menton and some purple Alliums it makes for a pretty show at the end of tulip season.

So, this Monday I am pleased to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again with a purple arrangement in a purple vase. 😁

This Allium is either Purple Sensation or Purple Rain (very similar).

And the Geranium is G. renardii ‘Philippe Vapelle’. It has lovely dark veins along the petals.

I added some Salvia pratensis, some Nepeta and some Alchemilla mollis, all of which are drooping a little in these photos but they perked up after an hour or so in the vase.

My fading Hellebore is still looking gorgeous, so I had to include it again… it lasts so well (two or three weeks) in a vase when cut this late. I wonder if it is possible to dry it. I will try.

Then there is this purple Aquilegia. Now where did a purple one come from?!

A bit of Heuchera foliage, some chive heads and some Geranium phaeum finished things off.

 

Have a good week everyone.

Happy gardening!

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In a Vase on Monday: Mai Tai

Good evening. I am a little late joining Cathy’s meme today (at Rambling in the Garden) as it is a bank holiday here in Germany (Whit Monday) and we visited some friends this afternoon. (A rare event these days! πŸ˜‰)

But I gathered some bits and pieces for my vase this morning so I could take the posy with me.

I started off with the beautiful peachy Geum ‘Mai Tai’. Isn’t she lovely? πŸ˜‰

I also wanted to use the seedheads of Pulsatilla and was pleased with the combination. Then came the lovely Alchemilla, not quite in flower yet, some fading Hellebores, a couple of Pulmonaria leaves, a chive flower and some white Iberis (I think!).

Mai Tai is flowering for the first time this year. I only discovered Geums a couple of years ago after growing some G. chiloense ‘Blazing Sunset’ from seed. I also have a yellow one called Diane, but she is still very small, so hopefully she will grow up to become a vase candidate next spring.

Have you grown Geums? Do you have a favourite?

Hope your week is a flowery one!

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In a Vase on Monday: The Old and the New

It’s Monday, and I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme.

At this time of year it is not hard to find something pretty for a vase. I wanted to capture the last of the daffodils before they go over (The Old)Β but also saw the first Camassia was opening (The New). Then, well, you know how it is…. I just got carried away! πŸ˜ƒ

The aging Hellebore flowers and their fresh leaves formed a base. Then the Narcissi, some Pulmonaria ‘Opal’, Aquilegia, a Camassia and some Geranium phaeum were added.

The Pulmonaria has a slight pink tinge to it, and really does remind me of the semiprecious stone.

The last three Narcissi hanging on in the Oval Bed are all miniatures. I think they are later to emerge because the wood chipping mulch on that bed keeps it cooler longer in spring. All three are beautifully scented.

This is Hawera, which I have in the Herb Bed too, and it has spread well there within the last couple of years.

The next one is the multiheaded ‘Silver Chimes’. It is so delicate and a lovely pale creamy white… it has become one of my favourites now.

The very last one is Baby Moon. So sweet, and such a delicate yellow.

The pink Aquilegia is a new one planted a few weeks ago, aptly called ‘Rosa Rosa’ and attracting bees even during the frequent showers we have been having. It is one of the few I have seen that tilts its flowers upwards so you can actually see them. πŸ˜ƒ

Not only did I get carried away picking flowers, I also took rather a lot of photos! So here are all of them together as a slideshow. Enjoy!

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Wishing you all a flowery week!

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The Vegetable Patch Takes Shape

Last year our spring was lovely and warm – and extremely dry. Lovely for working outdoors, but far too dry to dig over a new vegetable garden. So it got postponed.

This April I optimistically marked out the spot where the vegetable beds will be. There will be four beds within the marked area with wooden frames around them. ItΒ is an open space and gets lots of sunshine. And is also not too far from our water supply on the north side of the house.Β Here you can just about make out the yellow poles marking the corners.

I had been planning this for months, but the weather hadn’t been on our side again… too damp this time! Then finally it was perfect weather at the end of April and we were able to mow. Then my Man of Many Talents got out his trusty tractor and tilled over the area for me. πŸ˜„


Thank goodness I didn’t have to do it all by hand! There were some very large stones in the ground.

And after some raking and weeding it started to take shape….

Viewed from the top of the Herb Bed

Then it rained…. and rained and blew and rained again… So we got to work on the wooden frames in the meantime. Now, I don’t know what the situation is in your part of the world, but finding good and affordable wood is not easy here at the moment. Everyone is doing DIY projects and the supply chains have been messed up. My Man of Many Talents got some spruce planks, but the quality is not brilliant and it was a matter of either that or ‘wait and see’. But for the purpose I am sure it will be fine.

He cut it to the right lengths – four times 3m x 1m – and we assembled the frames. Then I sanded down some of the rough edges and oiled the whole construction with linseed oil.

The finished structures were carried to the bed and I spent the rest of the day shovelling soil around to level it up and get rid of weeds. And the supports for the beans and cucumber were put in.

A day later planting began. I have sown runner beans and soya beans, chard, salad leaves, and put in some small strawberry plants and kohlrabi (very well known in Germany). This will be a new adventure, as I have only ever grown vegetables in pots and containers up to now.

So, now you can see why I have not been blogging much recently… this took a lot of time and energy! But the final stages will hopefully be completed in the coming week… mulching around the beds, and also planting the zucchini, butternut and cucumber plants I have grown from seed. I will keep a record here of how things develop. (Both the failures and successes!) I know many of my readers are far more experienced in growing vegetables, so I will be glad of any tips along the way!

Have a great weekend and Happy Gardening!

 

In a Vase on Monday: The Unusual…

We had terrible gales last week and one of our tall willowy willows was nearly uprooted. As there were fresh shoots at the base of the trunk we decided drastic measures were in order…

…and the top was lopped off!

My Man of Many Talents hated to see the glorious green flowers, smothered in bees, go onto the compost heap and put them in the nearest container he could find.

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In case you are wondering, it is a pile driver for ramming posts into the ground. Turned upside down it served as a heavy and relatively stable vase!

What surprised us both was the delicious scent coming from the flowers.

I narrowed it down to three, but we were so taken by this strange vase that we both took loads of photos!

I am happy to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme again and hope you will pop over to see her vase today.