I love Geums and decided to use them with some shades of blue in my vase today. What a summery combination it makes too, especially with the bright sunlight. 😃
The darker orange one on the right is Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’. The colour is vibrant and stands out well in a flower bed.
The paler orange one is Totally Tangerine – one that I had difficulty in finding here until last year. It is doing exceptionally well considering it is still relatively new to the garden.
This lovely pinky orange one is called ‘Bohemia Pink’. It can’t decide if it wants to be pink or orange, but since both colours mingle so nicely it doesn’t matter!
The blue Aquilegia are actually even bluer than they appear on the photos, for which I am grateful… my last garden became inundated with purple ones, which are also nice, but within limits!
And finally, the Camassias. I could only bear to cut two, one of the paler ones from my Moon Bed, and a deeper blue one. I am afraid I have forgotten their names.
Tucked into one side are a few sprigs of the orange foliage of Spirea ‘Magic Carpet’, and the whole vase is filled out with some Alchemilla mollis, just about to burst into flower, but lovely for its soft foliage too.
I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme, where we are invited to share a vase of goodies from our gardens. And what better time of year to do just that!
Wishing you all a wonderful gardening week.
Lovely, Cathy 💚 My yellow and scarlet geum flowers have just opened. They provide such great colour.
You have reminded me I have a yellow one somewhere.. maybe not open yet. Yes, they are such lovely bright flowers.
Love them all, but especially Bohemia Pink.
That’s a special one. 😃
Really nice Geums! Isn’t spring wonderful? 🙂
Oh yes. Wish we could have an extra month of May instead of January! LOL!
I have Scarlet Tempest too, which is flowering here – when I bought it at a plant fair it was billed as flowering all summer, but it didn’t, even though I did cut off spent blooms. The contrast with the blue of the aquilegia works really well, and the camassias too. Glad to know that summer is approaching for you!
I have yet to see how Scarlet Tempest fares this year. Being planted just before our drought last summer meant it struggled at first, but it is a nice big healthy plant now. 😃
For the love of Geums….really quite beautiful from garden to vase…I also love the blue Aquilegia. I have a purple one just waiting to bloom.
I am loving the combination of the two Donna. 😃
Lovely geums, you are the one who inspired me to purchase two a few years back. Such a great plant! Beautiful combo today, the columbine complement well. ❤️ 🧡 💙
Thanks Eliza. I really love this colour combination too. The Geum do well in a vase too. 😃
A lovely collection Cathy. 💐 I love germs too, and the cammasias when planted in swathes.
I am hoping mine will spread a bit more Val. I have seen them planted en masse and they are gorgeous.
I love the combination of blue and orange! I can’t even imagine having Geums with stems long enough to cut – the one variety I’ve had survive (‘Koi’) has stems that are at best 2 inches tall.
I love this colour combination too Kris! The Totally Tangerine Geum stands at about knee height, and some of the others I have are almost as tall. But a yellow one I have (not flowering yet) stays very short. Thre are more and more appearing in the nurseries now, so perhaps you’ll find a taller one some day. 😃
Very pretty, I tried growing Geums from seed this year, but they weren’t having it! The I found some that had self-seeded from another plant, so I win in the end!
I have grown a lot of mine from seed, and I was really lucky with them. I will have to let some go to seed this year and hope for more seedlings too!
I love it, especially the colors, I am a reformed orange snob and now love it – especially with the blue. I wish Camassias would grow here.
I know what you mean about orange. I have childhood memories of rows of bright orange marigolds in front gardens as summer bedding (with begonias and busy lizzies!) and just can’t bring myself to grow them, although there are some lovely ones around now! But this orange-blue combination is definitely a winner. 👍
I feel the same about marigolds, I had some last year and meh, not so thrilling and they smell funny!
Fabulous colour combination. I love Geums, but my yellow one is very short so you can’t actually see the flowers.
Oh yes, my yellow one is short too. It isn’t flowering yet. I think it is called Goldball. The orange and red ones are taller I think. And Totally tangerine is about 40 or 50 cm tall.
Scarlet Tempest and TT are on my list 😉
I hadn’t realized there are so many different varieties of geum–how fun! And a self-seeded blue aquilegia would be a treat indeed. My first garden had a stand of blue-violet doubles; I would have been ecstatic to have blue singles!
😃 I just saw some wild Aquilegia on the lane to the main road here – an unusual mauve and white, and will be collecting seed in a couple of weeks!
Do they come true from seed? I’ve seen a pretty pinkish one also growing in the wild.
I’m not sure they will come true to seed, but it will be worth a try to see what happens. 😃
Thank you Aletta!
Oranges and blues are a treat together Cathy and what a fabulous sky. My geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ plants are real good doers. I’ve not come across any mention of ‘Bohemia Pink’ before. It looks most attractive. Maybe I could squeeze it in somewhere 🤔 😂
We had some wonderful warm weather earlier this week, and that is bringing on everything at once. I saw Bohemia Pink with a different name somewhere. If I find it again I’ll let you know. 😉
I have never even heard of Geums, Cathy, and they’re wonderful. I even stopped and Googled the word, to see if we call them something else, and no! Just a beautiful flower I haven’t previously enjoyed! What a colorful and beautiful arrangement!
Oh yes, I think some people call them Avens, which I had never heard of before. There are quite a few different ones, and some varieties that prefer a bit of damp shade which I can’t grow. But I am rather taken by them and have several different ones now. 😃
Camassia quamash is popular today. I already asked someone else if it naturalizes or at least becomes reliably perennial. Do yours so so? It is native to Santa Cruz County and farther north, but I have never seen it in the wild.
Apparently it does naturalize if conditions are right… not here though as I think my ground is too dry.
Naturalization might not be desirable anyway. It is nice that it has potential to be reliably perennial though.
What an eye-catching combination! I really like the color of Bohemia Pink. It never occurred to me to cut camassias for a vase—I have A LOT, so maybe I’ll try it and see how long they last!
The Camassias do well in a vase, although the lower petals drop, so add something to hide them. I didn’t. So I might in fact cut their stems.
Beautiful. I’m going to look for some Geum plants next year. They are lovely, and as of now, I don’t grow any. I love that shade of columbine.
There are so many around these days, but the pink one is a bit harder to find. 😃
I love that you share the names of these beautiful flowers – they read like a good novel!
😃 Thank you!
A lovely combo, Cathy 👏 Bohemia Pink reminds me of a poppy, so pretty. Geum don’t do well here in my garden, maybe they don’t like too much competition or the heat/drought in summer. Camassia are stunning. I’ve naturalised them in the long grass. Love to you both xx