In a Vase on Monday: Snowballs

The Viburnum opulus in our hedgerows is flowering beautifully this year, prompting me to pick some for a vase this week. In German this shrub is calledย ‘Schneeball’, as the white flowers shine out from the hedgerows like balls of white snow. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

And here is the vase.


On a whim the cow parsley just the other side of the fence was picked too. And a few grasses from the hedge and the garden were also added.ย ๐Ÿ˜ƒ




Close up you can see the ring of outer petals on the Viburnum, attracting the insects to the tiny inner fertile flowers. The berries in autumn are beautiful too – a bright shiny red.


I have never looked at cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) so closely before – they remind me of lots of tiny stars.

Some parts of Germany have had terrible storms over the past few days, but we have been lucky so farโ€ฆ. fingers crossed. Tonight another round of thunderstorms is forecast, but let’s hope for the best!

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. And thanks to you for visiting. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


46 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Snowballs

  1. I guessed it would be your viburnum, Cathy! How lovely to see it close up like this – and it is really white, isn’t it? Adding the grass and the cow parsley was spot on – and of course it then needed that lace mat!!

  2. Lovely! I was struck by how much the Viburnum flowers remind me or Orlaya grandaflora (aka Minoan lace and white lace flower), a self-seeding annual I grow here. I wish I could grow the cow parsley. (I’ve tried.)

    • The flat flowers give the impression they are round, which is quite intriguing – from a distance they do look like snowballs! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cow parsley likes to grow next to the woods or the hedges, but on roadsides too. It will be over far too quickly, but then the Queen Ann’s Lace will replace it. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  3. This is so elegant and yet so wild, just my cup of tea (or vase rather๐Ÿ˜). Last night I was lying awake praying for rainโ€ฆwhich didnโ€˜t come. Itโ€˜s so dry and the thunderstorms just passed us by. Wishing you a good week and rain to keep the show going ๐Ÿ˜˜

    • The storm wasn’t bad at all, thank goodness. I think the weather reports have been a bit oversensitive since the recent storms. ๐Ÿ˜‰ These flowers do in fact look like hydrangeas. Very similar. I can’t grow hydrangeas here, so a nice alternative!

  4. So pretty and lacy! I can imagine a bride carrying it for her wedding in a small country church! Sometimes “weeds” make the nicest additions to our bouquets, don’t they? I used garlic mustard in an arrangement this week to add just the right amount of lightness and airiness.

  5. What a fabulous frothy, frilly and lacy concoction Cathy. I love it ๐Ÿ˜‚ I noticed Kris’s comment about the viburnum looking like orlaya flowers and echo her observation. The ow parsley is in full flow growing on both sides of our lane at the moment and I can almost convince myself that we live in the country ๐Ÿ˜‚ Do you grow the dark leafed form ‘Ravenswing’?

    • Hi Anna. I don’t grow cow parsley in the garden as we have so much of the white one around us! LOL! I know the dark form is very pretty though and have grown it in the past. I have promised myself that one day I will have a ‘cutting bed’ just for flowers for vases, so that will be on the list. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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