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!


35 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Mai Tai

  1. Someone else just wrote about how her geums disappeared a few years ago, and then unexpectedly reappeared this year! Weirdly, ours did the same, although it was missing for only a year, and did not regenerate as vigorously. I am not familiar with it, and until someone planted it here, I had not seen it in many years.

    • So far mine have been reliable. But I have only had the newer ones a few months, and the ones grown from seed about three years now. They didn’t flower the first year but are very strong plants now – much stronger than the ones I bought.

  2. I think it was you that inspired me by your Avens in previous years, particularly ‘Totally Tangerine.’ This spring I bought one and another (name escapes me now, it is dark so I can’t go check). I love them!!

    • I have had Totally Tangerine on my list for several years but cannot find one… nor seed. But the bright red ‘Blazing Sunset’ is a nice substitute and I am very happy with that one. It was grown from seed and is much more robust than any I have bought.

  3. I really love this little posy, Cathy! And especially the way it fits in that wonderful little vase. πŸ™‚
    I have grown geums briefly… once upon a time many years ago. I grew two varieties that I believe are rather old standbys, the red Mrs. Bradshaw and yellow Lady Strathden. I didn’t know very much about gardening yet, or I think I would have grown and appreciated them better! As it was I had them in poor locations and didn’t replace them when they very predictably died off. I’m a secret admirer of Totally Tangerine via my blogging friends, and your Mai Tai looks luscious. However, as I am heading back to desert gardening, I will probably have to continue my admiration from a distance…
    So glad you can begin to visit again!

    • Hi Amy. Heading back to desert gardening? Does that mean you are moving again? Hope all is well. πŸ€— Oh, just googled your blog and see you are blogging again. I must resubscribe it seems!

  4. How nice to see those seed heads in your arrangement. They look wonderful. I love geums, but I can’t seem to get them to stay in the garden (except the wild kind, of course). Down the road, at Wimpole, they do fine!? Mai Tai is a beauty. Hope it thrives. πŸ™‚

    • There are so many different ones, perhaps you will find the right one for your garden one day. πŸ˜‰ I grow the ones that supposedly like it hot and dry. And Mai Tai seems happy with that.

  5. I grew Blazing Sunset from seed as well, two years ago. One plant bloomed last year and I thought it had come thru the winter but it has now totally disappeared…😟 I’ll try again…

  6. Oh that’s a most soft and gentle pick of flowers, foliage and seed heads Cathy and I like all those bubbles on the vase. Geum ‘Mai Tai’ is lovely. I had her but think that she is no more 😒 I attended a Zoom talk on geums recently given by the UK national collection holder of geums. She said that ‘Mai Tai’ needs full sun which might be why mine hasn’t thrived but yours should do well. An interesting fact she mentioned was that the roots of geum are used in the brewing of beer produced in Augsberg. I have recently bought ‘Bell Bank’ and I also have ‘Totally Tangerine’. Glad to hear that you have a day out πŸ˜„

    • Thanks Anna.I think the roots of Geum urbanum or Geum rivale were used as flavouring. One common name is Benedict spice as the monks used it in herbal liqueurs. The most used common name here though is Nelkenwurz, which translates as ‘clove spice’ and they apparently have the same oil as cloves so the flavour must be quite nice! I have given up looking for Totally Tangerine, but am very happy with my red ‘Blazing Sunset’. πŸ˜ƒ I don’t know Bell Bank… perhaps it will make it into one of your vases one day… πŸ˜‰

  7. There are so many little flowers in this arrangement that are unfamiliar to me. I really find them all quite charming. And how lovely that you had time with friends! We will never again take those times for granted. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Debra. You are so right about not taking things for granted. My posy was welcomed and coffee was drunk. The weather didn’t play along though and it is raining again…. wish I could send you some as I know how much you like it!

  8. How nice to be seeing friends – I am looking forward to the pleasure of one dropping in on Friday and another on Saturday! Such a pretty little posy with its interesting mix of contents, especially the pulsatilla seed heads which I mistook for clematis at first. Interesting to read about growing geum from seed – were they reasonably easy to grow? They would be a useful addition to my plant sales on open days so I may well give them a go. By the way, the linaria you sent has germinated well although plants are still tiny, but no luck yet with the lunaria. I might sow some again and just leave them outside – don’t really want just to strew them outside directly as I would probably forget about them, but I suppose if it’s somewhere where they would be undisturbed ut would be a nice surprise if they seemed to suddenly appear in bloom!

    • I am glad the Linaria germinated. I have plenty more in the garden again this year but fear the purple will take over rather than the delicate pink. My Lunaria also didn’t germinate so I suspect the seed had been frazzled in the hot sun before I managed to collect it. Will try again this year and send you some more! The annual one has turned up in the old garden too which is slowly becoming rather wild…. πŸ˜‰

      • Shame if the purple takes over, although if Canon Went is a tested variety you would expect it to hold its own really. And yes, I would be happy to try another batch of the lunaria. You are clearly reluctant to let go of the old garden …

  9. I like how the seedheads of Pulsatilla added texture. It is lovely and I’m sure your friends were happy receiving the lovely little arrangement.

    • Thanks Karen. The fluffy seedheads of Pulsatilla should last a while, and I do love them too. So no doubt I will be using some again soon!

  10. Your friends are so lucky, Cathy, this is beautiful. The cheeky seedheads make the perfect foil for the flowers. I love Pulsatilla (which is growing en masse in Valais) and Geum too, the latter doesn’t do well here though sadly. I’m late checking out your blog as I was so busy editing videos. Looking forward to today’s vase πŸ™‚ .

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