In a Vase on Monday: Harebells

This Monday I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme once again.

And it is a special vase today: not only is it my Man of Many Talents’ birthday, but the hare jug I used arrived unexpectedly on Saturday as a gift from my Mum! (And what’s more, we have finally got an electrician to set up the power for the doorbell and gate opener up at our gate. Tradesmen are like gold at the moment here!)

The gorgeous jug is filled with harebells (Campanula patula) and a few moon daisies from the wilder parts of the garden. Here it is a bit closer up.

My Mum sent a card with it that has wild flower seed incorporated into the paper. You just cover the whole card in compost and give it a good watering. πŸ˜ƒ I shall display it a bit longer before trying that though.

The grasses, some clover, sanguisorba and even a buttercup, sneaked in with the harebells too.

Hares galore are exploring our garden at the moment, and it is so lovely to see them. We watched this one the other evening as he ambled through the oval bed and nibbled at Β various plants before moving on. No serious damage as he found the grass tasted better! πŸ˜‰

Here he is again, washing his face… how could I be angry about a few dianthus flowers when I see this!

A big thank you to my Mum, for the vase. And a Happy Birthday and big thanks to my Man of Many Talents too, who helped me with the marathon task of spreading mulch around the whole garden last week. I will show you the results very soon.

In the meantime, thanks for reading and have a great week.

Happy Gardening!

39 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Harebells

  1. What a nice surprise! It’s a perfect match for your home. We just had a nest of baby bunnies leave the tulip bed and so far they are also satisfied with the clover and dandelions and haven’t touched the cabbage.
    The mulch looks great, and a happy birthday!

  2. I love the hare theme, do you know why they are called Hare Bells? It is so weird what rabbits eat and don’t eat. They seem to like beans and peas in my garden, and Blue Glitter thistle.

  3. What a charming jug – I love the bees flitting around the hare. Harebells are perfect for its inaugural launch…and wild grasses, etc. add to the meadowy effect. Your real-life hare is darling, but rabbits can break one’s heart in the garden… I’ve had to replant many seedlings this year. Now everything has ugly cages around them, but I’m hoping to remove them once the plants get bigger and less tasty. πŸ˜‰

    • I have also found that young plants are particularly tasty! My lettuces are nibbled at too, but I have planted so much I think I can spare a bit… just hope they don’t multiply too much as we do have quite a family of them living within our boundary now!

  4. The card and vase of flowers are so impressionistic and springlike. Hope the card produces a lovely display of charming flowers. I’m chasing mine off every chase I get though I know they’re just biding time to sneak back in.

  5. It must be so joyful to watch those hares running around the garden. AS for harebells, I always look out for them in meadows, they are a pure shade of blue.

    • Ours are all definitely more lilac than blue. I wonder if soil plays a role there. It really is a joy to see the hares Noelle, especially the baby ones. πŸ˜ƒ

  6. Serendipity! I love the new vase, which of course is just perfect for those well-timed flowers (which the rabbits also kindly left for you to enjoy). Best wishes to your Man of Many Talents on his birthday.

  7. Your hares look different from our rabbits – those straight dark ears. We also have an American harebell, C. americana. Only grows 6-12″ and flowers are closer to light blue than purple.

    • Yes, they are a different species and are considered rather special. In many parts of Europe they are rather rare, so we are lucky and accept any damage simply for the pleasure of watching them. πŸ˜ƒ I just hope they don’t multiply too much! πŸ˜‰

  8. I do love your hare vase, Cathy, and the arrangement is so pretty! But I love the last photo of your garden space and see it as so full and interesting. The rocks included in the bed are a standout. I hope that birthday celebrations were special and you and your Man of Many Talents have a wonderful week. Love the little garden visitor. I’d be okay with a few nibbles, too! πŸ™‚

  9. Cathy, there is so much to love about this post. That is a gorgeous jug! What a perfect complement to your flowers, not to mention the lop-eared visitors. They are so darn cute. Your garden is looking great, and I’m sure the mulch will show it off even more. It has a way of unifying things, don’t you think? Happy birthday to your man and congrats on the electrical work. Sending a big hug your way.

    • I had planned on using wild flowers this week, so the jug arrived at the perfect moment! You are so right about the mulch – it has definitely brought everything together. Hugs to you too Alys!

        • Yes. I haven’t been able to see them for 18 months now. (I usually fly over once or twice a year). But they are fine and have a lovely garden to tend. We go on Facetime twice a week. And I chat with my sister on Facetime weekly too. Thank goodness for modern technology and that my Mum can do the basics on an ipad! πŸ˜ƒ

          • Cathy, I missed this comment and here it is a month later. I’m pleased to know that your Mum is a happy gardener as well. I’m glad she’s mastered the basics on her iPad, too. Those connections are even more precious during these difficult times.

  10. What an eventful day! Happy birthday to your M of MT and how nice that you had a present too πŸ˜‰ Your new jug is a real delight, as are the contents – what a lovely collection of blooms you have shared along with your real live hare

    • Thanks Cathy. The hares really are lovely to watch even if they do nibble at things occasionally. Some of my ornamental grasses have been ‘mown’ for me! LOL!

  11. That really looks like wildflowers. There is a similar campanula that is naturalized here, but not aggressively so. It happens to land in spots where we can leave it to grow and bloom. It is quite cooperative.

      • That one seems to naturalize in many regions. If I remember correctly, it is naturalized around the Puget Sound. (I saw a species of Campanula there, but do not remember what it was.) I saw pictures of it in Switzerland. I never saw it here though. I do not mind. There are too many naturalized species here anyway. When I lived in town, I was not concerned about exotic species becoming naturalized. There was no place for them to go. In this region, we are more careful with them.

  12. What a lovely thoughtful Mum you have! I’ll bet she will love seeing the beautiful – and appropriately named – flowers you chose for the vase. πŸ™‚

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