In a Vase on Monday: Dragons or Lions?

This Monday morning the first thing I did was to go outside and pick some flowers so that I can join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely vase meme. It is now 10 am and already 27°C, so I am glad I was up early to enjoy some cooler air.

Alchemilla mollis is trying to take over my garden beds this summer, so a few strands overhanging the lawn or shadowing other plants were the first choice for today’s vase. Then I cut the tallest stems of the antirrhinums that miraculously survived our cold winter. Add some of the red Heuchera that crept into the Moon Bed by mistake, and this is what you get.😃

The German name for antirrhinums is ‘Löwenmäulchen’ – little lion mouths. 😃 In Britain they are called Snapdragons. I rather like both names. I wonder which you prefer.

Heuchera also has a pretty common name in Germany – Purple Bells or Silver Bells. Does anyone know of a common name for them in English?

My Alchmeilla will need to be cut down soon as the flowers scorch and droop in the heat. But new leaves will quickly appear and provide some nice green ground cover.


Do visit our host Cathy today to see what she has found from her beautiful garden to put in a vase this week.

Have a great week and happy gardening!

43 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Dragons or Lions?

  1. Heuchera = Coral Bells in North America – a beautiful small plant with many, many cultivars. They seem to like an evenly moist soil which means I can’t keep them alive, but I do love the foliage. Like you, I have one bit of snapdragon that survived the winter (second winter in a row!) or, perhaps, it dropped some seed that survived the winter since I have several plants coming up now. Still a few weeks from blooming. I love how the green of your Lady’s Mantle cools down the hot orange and reds – works beautifully!

    • Thanks Chris! Ah, yes. I may have heard that name Coral Bells before. We have loads of different ones available here but I tend to choose the ones that can withstand sun and heat and they do pretty well even in dry spots. The paler ones sometimes get singed leaves though. And thanks for the reminder of Alchemilla’s common name – another lovely name that I had forgotten about, although the German common name is practically the same. 😃

  2. Yes, coral bells! I love learning the common names of plants–it adds so much personality. Intriguing name for the snapdragon, little lion mouths. Love the image but don’t you wonder who came up with that! The Alchemilla pairs perfectly with the colors of the snapdragon. Wonderful the flower overwintered for you. Happy Solstice!

    • Our ancestors had a great inagination and perhaps some of these plant names were made tongue-in-cheek with no idea how long they would survive! 😉 I sowed more snapdragons this spring, yet to flower. It is nice to know they may survive too. 😃

  3. It is probably the starting point for most of us gardeners: use the blooms that need cutting back and Alchemilla Mollis is one that looks wonderful in a vase too. Its best to out in the cool, and I can see that your mulch is doing its job keeping in the humidity.

    • Well, we have now had two rainstorms and ALL the Alchemilla may end up in vases as it has flopped over other plants and staking will look terrible! 😉

  4. “Löwenmäulchen” are flowers of my childhood, we used to play with them, make their heads talk. 😀 Yours has a beautiful colour which goes so well with the fresh green of Alchemilla. I also cut things that block the path or lean onto others…I find this easier than cutting them without reason 🙈. Have a good week xx

    • Thanks Annette. We did that with snapdragons too. 😉 It has rained heavily two nights in a row, so more potential vase material will have to be trimmed as it is flopping over other plants! Have a lovely week Annette. 🤗

  5. I like the idea of little lion mouths!! Yours is a nice snazzy colour and it’s always nice when they overwinter – I have just found one here too. I had coral bells in my head but I think that’s just because I have heard US blogging friends call them that, although I don’t think I have seen any with that really bright shade of flower. It makes a nice combination with the little lion moths and the alchemilla but I think the scale of your vase must be misleading – is it shorter than it looks?

    • Hi Cathy. I measured the vase from the base to the tip of the tallest snapdragon… 67 cm. The Heuchera was supposed to be white, so it will have to be moved later in the year!

  6. A lovely arrangement, Cathy! Alchemilla is another of the plants that simply refuses to grow in my climate despite my fondness for those furry leaves and foamy flowers. Antirrhinum is a cool season annual here – I’ve only heard it called snapdragon but I love its German name. Heuchera (known as coral bells here even though many of the flowers aren’t coral) struggle through our dry summers but I’ve found a couple that’ll survive more than a season as long as they get regular irrigation.

    • Perhaps there will eventually be hybrids of Heuchera that survive your conditions. There are so many available here and many of mine have thrived during drought. Snapdragons are usually annuals in our climate too, so when one gets through the winter it is always a little miracle!

  7. Striking combo, Cathy. I like the image of dragons snapping, as opposed to lion’s mouths, but both are (were) apex predators, ha! With the increased hybridization of Heuchera, the original Coral Bells has changed greatly. I still have one in my garden and few recognize the foliage and the tiny racemes in comparison to the hybrids.

    • I am not sure we even have the original Heuchera here, but many many hybrids for all different conditions. I think they are a fairly new plants here (within the last twenty years perhaps) and have caught on! 😉

  8. Purple bells? Silver bells? I know them as coral bells. They are native here, although I do not know the ancestry of the garden cultivars. We actually purchased several recently. It seemed rather odd to me, to purchase something that grows wild nearby, but the cultivars are much more colorful.
    I sort of prefer the name of ‘snapdragons’. Flower grows know them more simply as ‘snaps’.

    • The Heuchera arrived in our garden centres and nurseries en masse around 15 or 20 years ago and there seem to be hundreds of varieties to choose from now! In fact they are quite common now even though they are relatively new.

      • That is about the same time that all the weird modern cultivars became trendy here, although the few simpler original cultivars have always been available. They are pretty now that we installed them, but they do not stay so pretty in the landscapes.

  9. Love the Snaps and the German name! Huecheras are called Coral Bells in the US which seems strange – I don’t think of them as having Coral flowers but the foliage of the Palace Purple varieties.

  10. The colors are beautiful, Cathy. In the USS they are also snapdragons, and although I always called Huecheras “Coral Bellls,” I’ve noticed in California the nurseries have started labeling them Huecheras. I only recognized the name because you’ve been sharing it! I bought some. 🙂

    • The flowers do have a kind of lion’s mane appearance… 😉 Strangely enough my family calls them by their botanical name- antirrhinums!

  11. There be fiery dragons about indeed Cathy. What a fabulous colour and both English and German names are infinitely preferable to the dreaded antirrhinum which sounds like a medical condition. I’m not sure that I would cope with such high temperature so relatively early in the day! What did the thermometer get up to?

    • Hi Anna. It was up in the thirties earlier last week, but we had a lot of rain at night . Looks like it will be hot again this coming week, but with thunderstorms too. No need to do much watering so far thank goodness! 😃

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