In a Vase on Monday: Spring or Summer?

Despite a couple of nerve-wracking nights with temperatures dipping to just 3° above freezing (yikes!), the garden is looking like it is summer already. Poppies are about to burst their buds, annuals and the last veg are in the process of being planted out, and the Scabiosa and Knautia are in full bloom. So I picked some for my Monday vase, joining the other Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again.

I love the Knautia and Scabiosa, as they are not only pretty but attract loads of bees and other pollinators.

We have so many buzzing around today. 🐝🐝🐝

The Veronica is opening too, so I added a couple of sprigs…

… and the red Heuchera (that should have been white and still hasn’t been moved out of the blue and white Moon Bed) was destined for a vase as soon as it showed its colour.

The best thing about this vase is the perfume coming from the pale pink Dianthus. Lovely! These pinks were a gift from my friend Simone’s garden a couple of years ago and seem very happy here. 😃

A few Nigella are hiding in there, along with a sage flower, a Persicaria, some grasses from last week’s vase, fennel foliage and some fading chive flowers. Oh, and some Pulsatilla seedheads again. I just can’t resist their fluffiness in a vase! 😉

Is your garden moving towards summer already? I wonder what defines that moment for you. In this garden I am still uncertain as the cold spell we get in early June is actually not all that unusual. In fact it has a name: Schafskälte. (Literally ‘sheep’s chill’) Early to mid June we often have a few colder days and nights that mean the poor sheep that have already been shorn feel the chill!

Hopefully this is an early ‘Schafskälte’ we are experiencing and tonight will be the last chilly night – the forecast says we are getting some real summer days at the end of the week. ☀️

Wishing you some good weather too.

And happy gardening!


38 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Spring or Summer?

  1. If the buttercups and ox eye daisies are blooming it’s summer, no matter what the calendar says! Both have now started in my garden.

    I love the colour palette in your vase today!

    • Well, buttercups have been flowering a while here, but the ox-eye daisies not quite. My last garden was more sheltred and I would have said the peonies were the start of summer, but here I am not so sure!

  2. What a beautiful vase Cathy, I love the silky pulsatilla seed heads in there and the red of the heuchera really makes the blue veronica and nigella pop. Lovely.

    Here in Australia, it really feels like winter now. In my garden, the blooming of the Mexican tree daisy, Montanoa bipinnatifida, heralds the unofficial start to our rainy season. I enjoyed looking at your snapshot of summer!

  3. Beautiful and exuberant! Having flowers from one’s gardens to play with is great after the deprivation of winter. Those were pretty cold nights for annuals! Hope it warms up pleasantly.
    We’ve had a 2-day reprieve from the unseasonal heat, but it is back today. From a pleasant, dry 20C to humid 30C – blah!
    Have a good week!

    • The annuals seemed fine. If there had been a frost I would probably have lost a few flowers. It was 3°C again last night. One cucumber plant has died, but that could have been anything as the others seem okay. Strange that it is so warm in the daytime but still so cold at night. Still, a humid 30°C is not nice either so I shouldn’t complain! Wishing you some cool evenings at least Eliza!

  4. The pale pink Dianthus from your friend is a particularly nice shade. Love the scabiosa and how well the veronica works with everything. It does feel like summer to me now that the irises and peonies have finished. It’s a little in-between here but lilies will soon pick up. Hope the big chill doesn’t bother your flowers or any shorn sheep in the area. Have a good week.

    • It is hot today, but last night was only 3°C again! It’s looking much better from now on though. 😃 My peonies are flowering in dribs and drabs this year, with the main ones still to open.

  5. In Virginia the “chill” of mid to late May was called “Blackberry winter” because they were in flower. With the changes in our climate, however, we still have the bloom but usually not the “chill”! And there is an abundance of bloom this year!

    • That’s interesting! I am sure many local areas had a term for a late cold spell. Unless you live in the countryside though, these traditional dates and terms are not very meaningful I suppose.

  6. Oh, yes, that pink dianthus is lovely! Does it have a slightly spicy scent? I had one once that smelled vaguely of cloves and nutmeg. If you leave that red heuchera in the blue and white bed, you’ll have an American themed bed! I love the scabiosa, too–they tend to be short lived in my gardens, sadly. The weather here is roller-coasting between spring and summer. This is Memorial Day weekend in the States, which most of us consider the unofficial beginning of summer.

    • The Dianthus does smell a bit like cloves. It grows very tall and then flops over, but I forgive it simply because it smells so good! 😉

  7. Love the concept of Schafskälte – and your circular picture! Not to mention your scabious and knautia – I could do with some perennial,scabious, and awaiting for my seed-sown knautia to establish, so I rather envy yours! Your vase is frothy too, I realise – lovely!

    • My Scabiosa are S. columbaria and are esrly this year. I think they were plants, but I can recommend the Scabiosa perfecta series for growing from seed. They have big flowers, blue or white, and seem pretty reliable so far. My Knautia seeds itself profusely and I am always pulling out seedlings!

      • Thinking about it, I have had a small S columbaria which I grew from seed but must have lost when I revamped the main borders – and I have tried plants of tte perfecta series but they have only lasted a season. You have encouraged me to try again from seed though – thanks!

  8. I think that we are experiencing a touch of ‘ Schafskälte’ too Cathy. Although not as cold as yours our night temperatures have been in single figures for the past couple of nights. Cool enough for me to whizz the tomatoes in for the night. Beautiful flowers in your vase especially the scabious. I’ve grown some perennial scabious from seed – sowed them last September but they’re taking an age to put on substantial growth. Hope that you enjoy warmer days coming up soon.

    • Hi Anna. Well, it was very cold again last night but the days are lovely and warm… hoping it will be milder from now on though! These are Scabiosa columbaria, but I grew my Scabioa perfecta from seed and they took a couple of years to really establish. They are a bit later but have lovely big flowers. Let’s hope summer arrives in time for the official meteorological start of summer tomorrow!

  9. I love the Dianthus – I wish I could smell them! I’m glad you’re seeing bright blue skies and warmer weather, if still some chilly nights. Today marks the unofficial start of summer in the US and, with the appearance of Agapanthus blooms, it’s beginning to look like it here too, but the longer that we can hang on to cooler nighttime temperatures, the better. Summer days can get brutal here.

    • Well, I shall probably look back in a few weeks and wish for cool nights again, but 3°C was just a tad too cold! 😉 Agapanthus blooms sound wonderful Kris….

  10. A wonderfully late spring vase. I hope the sheep warm up soon. Summer is here when the Gardenias get going and they are going. Your color palette is very pretty. I had to look knautia up, it looks like a great long lasting flower.

    • The Knautia flowers on and off, ut the bbest thing about it is that it has three different shades in one plant: pale pink, deep pink and violet. 😃 I haven’t seen any sheep around here for a couple of months so I don’t know if they have actually been shorn yet – in our region the shepherds move them around the countryside for the best spots for grazing.

  11. I agree the Knautia and Scabiosa are just wonderful for the bees….mine naturalized all around my old garden…they make a lovely vase as well.

  12. Centaurea cyanus would fit right in there. I do not know why, but that is what that combination looks like. The Dianthus look like they are somehow related. So does the Scabiosa.

    • It would be nice. I have grown it once before, but it isn’t happy in the conditions in my garden and almost always gets blackfly.

      • It is nice, but not for everyone, since the plants are not as pretty as the flowers are. I just happen to like it because I remember it from when I was a kid.

  13. I recently purchased some more scabiosa, Cathy, because I, too, think it’s just a wonderful plant. It is fairly drought tolerant, too, which is necessary for me. I am certainly glad your garden survived the fright of another freeze. Yes, bring on summer. 🙂

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