In a Vase on Monday: Totally Tangerine!

I am totally in love with Totally Tangerine!

I had been looking for this Geum for years, seeing it regularly (with growing envy! ๐Ÿ˜‰) on other blogs. It seemed unknown in Germany. But the choice of plants here slowly improves each year, and more and more nurseries in the north of Germany have websites and online shops. A couple of weeks ago I finally tracked one downโ€ฆ well, actually I ordered three!

I was so surprised that they arrived in flower too. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Naturally, one had to appear in my vase this week, as I join our host Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden, for this weekly meme.

The tulip is Ballerina, which can hardly be beaten for a splash of red/orange in May. The seedheads are Pulsatilla, and the foliage is Heuchera and Alchemilla.

I had to rinse the pollen off the Heuchera leaves, as everything is coated in a thick layer thick of it. Can you see it on the Pulsatilla?

It is not so much the oilseed rape at the moment, but the evergreensโ€ฆ in this photo below the oilseed rape is a pretty picture, but can you see the clouds of pollen in front of the dark evergreens? (Click on the photo to enlarge)

(Anouk has yellow legs most of the time! ๐Ÿ˜‰)

I love the fiery colours of Geums and they have done well for me in the past, so I have sown seed of Fireball and Red Dragon this spring. They are coming along well. I also have a few other Geums in the garden; Blazing Sunset (grown from seed several years ago), Gold Ball, Mai Tai, Scarlet Tempest and Red Wings. Do you grow any?

May is such a busy month, but I will try and take time to enjoy the garden today instead of just rushing around weeding, sowing, shuffling seedlings around, etc.

Hope you have time to enjoy your gardens this week too. Happy Gardening!



41 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Totally Tangerine!

  1. What a lovely vase. Your collection of geums is impressive. Mrs Bradshaw (red) does well for me so I have planted Koi (bright orange), hoping that it will survive the very wet winters here.

  2. It’s a lovely composition, Cathy. I’m glad you were able to find the Geum. I’ve been looking for it too, not that I’ve had much of any success with anything in that genus to date. The swath of bright yellow across your landscape is striking but I imagine that dealing with all that pollen is an annoyance and a chore.

    • Until it subsides I have given up on keeping any surface free of pollen outside and my plants all look as if they have got a horrible disease! It seems to be another mast year for the spruce.

  3. I am glad you tracked some TT down and how lovely that they come complete with flowers – instant gratification! And I am intrigued to read you have grown them from seed…I must give them a try then as I imagine they would sell well at our open days. Your little montage is delightful ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • They are very easy to grow from seed Cathy. Finding the seed here was not so easy though, especially since UK seed merchants are still not sending to the EU! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • I will definitely try them from seed – thanks. Could you not get seeds sent to your parents’, for them to send on, or can the public not send them from the UK without paperwork?

        • From what I understand, you need to be a certified exporter and products have to have a special number for export to the EU. Many companies had to do this before Brexit, others who do not rely on EU custom simply didn’t bother! So no, private posting of seeds is, as far as I know, not permitted at all. I wouldn’t risk it anyway as I have had seeds confiscated by customs before now. So annoying as sending a normal parcel now requires a customs declaration and can only have a maximum value of 45euros (in the UK I think 39 pounds) before customs has to be paid on arrival!

  4. I grow a few Geums, ‘Red Wings’ is flowering well at the moment, but very tall! I’m not sure how it will fare in the wind. I also have ‘Bell Bank’ which is about to come into flower and โ€˜Karlskaerโ€™ and โ€˜Emory Quinnโ€™ which are still very small plants. I hope they bulk up this year. I did have Koi, but that one died on me.

    • That is so interesting to get new names to search for Jude! I looked these up and they all look lovely, especially Emory Quinn, and I will continue searching for new sorts here. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  5. I love Geum too especially Totally Tangerine but they donโ€™t like my garden so Iโ€˜ve stopped growing them. Your arrangement is so special, Cathy, and I absolutely love the image of Anouk and the wide, open landscape. Monoculture or not, rapeseed fields are always photogenic. Love to you all ๐Ÿ˜˜

    • Hi Annette. The golden fields around us really are stunning, and I try not to think about the chemicals that have gone on those crops now smothered in beesโ€ฆ. Love to you all too. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒท

    • Some years the spruce trees produce just pollen and virtually no new growth, and we get drowned in yellow dust! Thankfully not every year!

  6. I believe it was your blog that inspired me to try Geums … last year I bought ‘Mai Tai’ and ‘Totally Tangerine’ and yes, I love them… so easy to grow and they flower for ages, esp. if I deadhead. It’s been so cool here that things are just limping along, the Geums are in tight bud. With the warm-up expected at the end of this week, I think that will change. The tulips and daffs will be done for sure.

    • Hi Eliza. Mai Tai has just started flowering here. The new ones had probably been in a nice warm greenhouse all winter so were much larger and further ahead than I expected! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am so glad Geums do well for you too. ๐Ÿค—

  7. No, I do not grow any, although there was a bit of some sort of unidentified geum here in one of the gardens for a few years. After several years, this is the first year that I do not see it. I have not looked for it, so it may be out there again. I get to like it from pictures in other peoples gardens; but I doubt that it will be as happy here.

    • We have a very common weed in the Geum family – Geum urbanum. So when I saw that growing nearmy garden I supposed Geums might do well for me. There are several different cultivars available here, some preferring damp semi shade.

  8. I love this arrangement, Cathy! I tried Geum ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’ here once quite some time ago, but she lasted only a couple years before just disappearing. It’s such a sweet flower; I’d like to give it another try. The rapeseed (I know it as flowering mustard) is blooming here, too, mostly alongside the highways. It’s bright and beautiful, and I like seeing it THERE. I will not be happy if it shows up in my garden! Do you rinse down your dog’s legs before after his treks through the pollen laden fields?

    • I have heard of Mrs Bradshaw and think it is very similar to my ‘Blazing Sunset’. I do rub my dog’s legs with a towel when we go back in the house, as she tends to lick her paws otherwise. We don’t go into the rapeseed field though and the pollen she collects is probably the spruce pollen which is everywhere this year, and from dandelions! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Congrats on getting hold of Totally Tangerine. I adore it too! This is a lovely little arrangement and the pulsatilla seed head adds a great textual element. There’s plenty of oilseed rape around here, but fortunately we are not close enough for it to affect our living environment so directly.

  10. I love that bright tangerine colour and your ccomposition is just lovely. Yes I do grow geum but with difficulty. In fact I talk about it in my latest blog article as I’m not sure about the right soil for these little beauties. They obviously love yours ! Have a good weekend Cathy

    • Hi Judith. I am never sure about the conditions they like best either! I have some in the driest spots of the garden, but constantly read they like moist groundโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜œ There must be other factors. Maybe well-drained and in a sunny spot. So far I have been lucky! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  11. I’m a full week behind, but I’m glad I didn’t miss out entirely. This is likely my favorite garden color. I typically just say “orange,” but I’m going to adopt your view of “tangerine.” I love your arrangement, as well, Cathy!

  12. I’m totally smitten too Cathy ๐Ÿ˜‚ I planted a trio of them last year and all but one have really taken off. The only other geum I grow intentionally is ‘Bell Bank’ which is most pretty. I had ‘Mai Tai’ at some stage in the past but it disappeared. Unfortunately geum urbanum seeds itself about everywhere in the garden ๐Ÿ˜ข

    • Hi Anna. Since writing this post I have found another one at my local garden centre: Bohemia Pink.๐Ÿ˜ƒ It is a little like your Bell Bank, but more pinkish and double and not very tall. G. urbanum is rife here too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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