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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ˜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. ๐Ÿ˜

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!


23 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Purple Dance

  1. Simply lovely shades of purple Cathy. I will have to look that geranium up. I think that our weather pattern is following a similar pattern this year. Here the weather has been glorious today which is most unusual for a bank holiday. I love to take you up on that offer of a working holiday in Barvaria
    (where we enjoyed a holiday a good few years ago) but somehow I think that we wouldn’t be allowed into Germany ๐Ÿ˜ข Have you been able to see your family in England over the last year or so?

    • Hi Anna. Travel is practically impossible still with ridiculous testing and quarantine rules still in force and I haven’t been to the UK since December 2019. Hope there will be a ‘window’ in summer for a visit. The thought of wearing an FFP2 mask for several hours is daunting though… they are mandatory here – and on flights. ๐Ÿ™

  2. Lovely vase this week, Cathy. I’m amazed you still have tulips. Our heat wave finished ours off, and then the chipmunk dined on some of them, so I guess I’ll be planting narcissus in their place. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Your day looks so beautiful behind that vase!

    • Thanks Eliza. This warmth is so welcome! I expect the tulips will go over now, but I still have some Narcissus in flower too! ๐Ÿคช

  3. Cathy! My goodness, your garden is gorgeous, your vase is stunning, and your arrangement looks terrific under those beautiful blue skies. I’m glad you’re getting more reliable weather at last, just in time for June to change everything again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Beautiful flowers Cathy and that blue sky! The tulips and allium are lovely together. Haven’t had nepetum in a few years. It’s short-lived in my garden but makes a good impact while it lives. We had extremely dry April and May but still the weeds grew here too. Have a wonderful week.

  5. Such a cheerful vase and this blue sky makes such a good backdrop. Purple Sensation is a good variety and Mount Everest too which keeps coming back. Best here is A. christophii though which self-seeds prolifically. It’s amazing that you still have tulips, it adds a quirky note. Bon courage for the weeding, I actually could do with some help ๐Ÿ˜. My next video will show a neatly clipped garden. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a good week xx

    • Your garden does indeed look very neat Annette. The box makes nice edging. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Our weather has finally changed and the nights are a bit warmer… May 30th it went down to 1.6ยฐC at night!

  6. I agree that your vase is very cheerful and I can see your garden is dong well. Oh those weeds! We don’t have cold winters here and they grow 365 days a year. It is impossible to catch up.

  7. How wonderful that you still have tulips, at the same time as blooming alliums! Your arrangement is lovely, especially with that vase. And I really like the stages and layers of plantings–from the Heuchera foliage, up to the Allium bloom, and everything in between.

  8. Wow, yours has a lot of variety also! I just mentioned to another participant that mine (two weeks or so ago) had only four roses. I would really need to hunt for as much variety as yours.

    • Well, many of my flowers are only around for a month or so, so it is a matter of staggering different sorts for year-long interest. In winter it is pretty bare!

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