In a Vase on Monday: The Might of May

Isn’t it amazing how much energy is lying beneath our feet as we walk around our gardens? Think of all that power, as the shoots and buds burst up and out with such vigour and strength. Alone the rate of growth of the grass is alarming. Fortunately my Man of Many Talents takes care of most of the mowing. 😉

May is the not the month for dallying, but I have been stopped in my tracks more than once this past week by a new flower opening, or new leaves appearing. The oaks are now fully clothed, the May is starting to open, the broom along the roadsides are all in flower, and the lilacs have bloomed and started to fade almost before I could inhale their gorgeous fragrance.

That is why I chose to use a sprig of lilac as the centre piece for a vase today. I am joining in the In a Vase on Monday meme with our host Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden.

Lilac ‘Andenken an Ludwig Späth’ is accompanied by some Geranium phaeum. The tiny dark flowers are the centre of attention as far as the bees are concerned at the moment. (And they have attracted some attention from me too!)

I also used some pale Pulsatilla seedheads along with a couple of pinkish ones too. These are so pretty in vases and go on looking good for ages.

Tucked away on one side are some Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ …

and at the back some white hellebores that have faded to a lovely shade of green…

I added some hellebore and fennel foliage, a few grasses, some Heuchera stems with tight buds on, and some spikes of white broom.

The ‘ice saints’ came and went with no sign of frost, so the vegetable garden will be the focus in the next week or two, and then the annuals will be planted out. I wish May was twice as long! 😉

Hope you are all enjoying this mighty month as much as we are. 😃

Happy gardening!

29 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: The Might of May

  1. Love this so much! Our lilacs JUST started to bloom yesterday, and its supposed to be much cooler for the next week or so than it has been so hopefully they’ll last a while.

  2. Oh that is a really beautiful vase Cathy with some of my spring favourites in it especially geranium phaeum. I love the darker purple shade of your lilac. I have pulmonaria ‘Opal’ too although it doesn’t seem to be as vigorous as some of the other varieties. There are simply not enough adjectives for May – my favourite month of the year and the birth month of my man who mows the lawn too 😂

  3. That is amazing to think of the earth’s energy beneath our feet. I do so miss the smell of lilacs. I don’t think my mini Korean lilac will bloom until next year maybe. It is so small. Just a foot tall. Hoping it gets more growth this year for next year blooms.

  4. Yes, stopping in one’s tracks is an occupational hazard at this time of year!! 😁 I have been admiring a huge lilac on waste ground near us and been thinking about stopping and picking some, so seeing your gorgeous vase has reminded me of their vase potential. Yours looks lovely as it is, so your extras enhance it further. The G phaem is a great addition, emphasising the purpleness of the lilac. All lovely, so thanks for sharing

      • Yes, I have 2 or 3 different ones, Cathy, but it didn’t occur to me that they seed around – probably because most of mine are in the woodland edge border where there the clumps are not really defined. Although thinking about it I have noticed a seedling in the path nearish the one that is in a main border…

  5. Like you I often stop in my tracks as I walk around the garden but in the mighty month of May I never ever seem to find the time to just sit for a while and enjoy the garden. There is so much to do all at once. Luckily things calm down a bit in the following months. I love the colour of your lilac and it goes beautifully with the geranium. Those pulsatilla seedheads are beautiful. Mine kept disappearing so I stopped trying to grow them but I’m sorely tempted to try again !

    • I also rarely sit in the garden Judith! Either I have a trowel in my hand or a camera! I am currently trying to suppress the annual panic of getting all my veg and annuals planted in the ground. The weather is being kind to us this year though, so I know I have plenty of time really! Pulsatilla does well here in full sun, well-drained soil. They grow wild around us though, so we must have the right climate. 😃

  6. I so wish we could grow lilacs here! Ceanothus is called the California lilac but it’s most definitely not a satisfactory substitute. I’m glad you’re enjoying nature’s exuberance, Cathy. March and April offers that feeling here. By May, we’re feeling summer’s hot, dry breath.

    • I mix up Ceanothus with Caryopteris… do you grow the latter? It also smells nice and attracts the bees. Ceanothus is not hardy enough here. Caryopteris needs mulch and a prayer to get it through our winters!

  7. May is my favorite month as well, so many lovely things popping up left and right. I picked lilacs today, too. The whole house is filled with their fragrance. I echo your wish that May lasted longer!

    • You have caught us up already Eliza. Never ceases to amaze me how quickly your spring progresses. And I thought it was bad enough here! LOL!

  8. The lilac vase with its interesting and worthy companion plants does great tribute to May. I enjoyed reading your description of the awakening and growth you’re seeing. Have a great week.

  9. Late spring wonders, what are the grassy looking plants? I love the accent and always wished for Lilacs – have never lived far enough north to grow any though so many transplanted gardeners just love them and pine for them…May is mighty!

    • The grasses are Helictotrichon sempervirens. One of the earliest flowering sorrts I have. 😃 Lilacs do evoke strong feelings and memories for so many gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The power of fragrance is so strong. 😃

  10. Oh, I forgot about lilac! It is that time of year. In all of the vast landscapes here, there is only a single lilac, and it is one of those runty dwarf cultivars. Although I am none too keen on it, it does smell like lilac. There are three in my garden, but two are those modern French hybrids, which I am not so impressed with either. Only one is the formerly common species, which is not so common nowadays.

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