In a Vase on Monday: From the Edge of the Meadow

There are areas in the garden that don’t get mown, including up against the fence….

Or this lovely slope next to the garage…

But the idea of flattening this ‘meadow’ if I walk through has put me off picking any flowers…. until now, as there are some Queen Ann’s Lace flowers and some moon daisies open near the edges! So on a perfect summer’s day (Sunday) I selected a mix of what I could reach, and a few other things from the edges of the garden. 😃

Some of the flowers are: Moon daisies, Fleabane, Harebells, Red and Yellow Clovers, St John’s Wort, Knapweed, Yarrow, Bedstraw and Bugle.


I love finding a bit of pink yarrow, which occasionally turns up amongst the white…

The St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is actually from my Herb Bed, but we do have some flowering around the garden too. I hope to find enough to pick and dry for tea in winter. 😃

Is anything growing wild in your gardens this week? 😉

I am participating in ‘In a Vase on Monday’, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Why not visit her blog to see other vases from far and wide… 😃

Happy gardening!

38 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: From the Edge of the Meadow

  1. Such variation and pretty flowers from your meadow Cathy. Did you plant the area with a special mix or is it a case of nature as it comes? The fleabane is such an attractive colour and your choice of mug is so apt. I hope that you don’t get any long eared visitors munching away in that area.

    • Hi Anna. I believe it was a grass/wild flower mix that was originally sown when the slope was made (due to the building of the barn in 2018 a lot of earth was moved about!) We kept it short last year as we had a major problem with mice, so the yellow clover has more or less taken over!

  2. There’s something about the colours of wild flowers, a different colour palette, almost – this is such an appealing clutch of blooms, a mini-meadow in your hare mug. I have ‘something’ growing in the woodland which I am still unsure of but I know it’s going to be something I am not going to want to give house room to and I am just waiting till it blooms so I can identify it before yanking it out!! (I think it might be ragwort…)

    • Haha! I often wait to see what unidentified seedlings are before pulling them as there are the weeds I recognize immediately and the weeds I don’t know… Last year I let a clump of creeping buttercup get rather big before I realized what it was! Luckily I think I got it all out!

  3. I’d love to have a meadow, although I don’t know if I could exercise your restraint and avoid walking through the area or creating a path to allow access. The soft tones in your arrangement are lovely.

  4. I love meadows and yours is lovely, Cathy. My back lawn still hasn’t been cut from No-Mow-May because I love the look of the grass waving in the breeze and the daisies in the mix. As the seeds ripen, and fall over, I’ll probably bring the mower out, but it has been a delight.

  5. Hey, Hypericum perforatum?! Two other species of Hypercum are bothersomely naturalized here, but Hyperiocum perforatum is one species that I have never seen. I am hesitant to grow it because the other two species are naturalized. However, I suspect that if it had potential to naturalize, that it would have done so by now, from someone else’s garden.
    There is plenty growing wild in the landscapes here, . . . but that is because most of our landscapes are wild and unrefined.

  6. That meadow is really a beauty, it must smell divine. I think I would have one slight path with a little flattened bit in the middle, where I could take a book and lie down, and hopefully not be seen from afar: a little secret hiding place. There is such a variety there and lovely to bring together to show them in a vase.

    • That reminds me of when I was a child, making hiding places in the tall cornfields in the summer. 😃 The meadows didn’t get very tall this year, even though we have had a fair bit of rain.

  7. Love the mug o meadow! And the meadow. I like the long grasses and wildflowers on slopes like that and used to use Cosmos seed in the wildflower areas like yours. Hypericum tea? I have not heard of that, tastes good or herbal benefits?

    • Apparently this herbal tea lifts your mood in the dark days of winter. Hypericum is actually a well-known herbal remedy for depression. (Proven and with no side effects!) 😀

  8. Oh how wonderful to have your own meadow Cathy ! Are the plants originally sown by you or did they just arrive by their own means ? I love the way you’ve put the flowers together in a mug.

    • The slope was sown with a grass/wild flower mix when it was made. But we have most of these wild flowers in our hedges and they grow wild beyond the garden too. 😃 We had wild violets and hawkweed turn up from nowhere this year too! 🦋

  9. A lovely post, I always find it amazing how many beautiful flowers you can find at the side of the road etc and it makes me sad how much just get mowed down because they’re just seen as pesky weeds.

    • We are lucky to have fairly wide verges around us, so only the strip next to the road gets mown. Wild flowers love tough conditions it seems!

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