In a Vase on Monday: Shooting Star

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme is so much fun. 😃

A strong ice cold north-easterly wind over the past few days has provided material too, with several Narcissi being bent flat and the hellebores looking decidedly fed up with the constant battering!

First I cut some of my Hellebore ericsmithii ‘Shooting Star’. I decided it looked best alone in my mini vase bought in Norfolk a few years ago. 🙂 I love the way Shooting Star changes from pale creamy white/yellow to pale pink.

The background plant is my dear Maidenhead fern, which has forgiven me twice in the last year or so for not watering it and has bounced back each time!

Then I used the second matching vase for the other oddments rescued, including the battered Narcissi. I will make a mental note not to plant any more tall ones on windy corners. 😉

Since moving out further into the countryside away from street lights and motorways we have been able to see more stars than ever on clear nights, and more shooting stars in the past two years than in my entire life up to then! My first memory of a shooting star was in Blakeney, Norfolk, where my vases come from. I was only about 8 years old and I spied the star through a pebbled stone archway looking out to sea. Magical!

So, not only do I have some pretty flowers to look at, but pleasant thoughts to go with them. I do hope you are all able to have some pleasant thoughts today despite these difficult times.

Keep smiling and take care.

xx

In a Vase on Monday: Home Comforts

I am pleased to be able to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme again after a couple of weeks off. And I am looking forward to spending more time gardening and blogging in the next few weeks as Spring finally arrives! 😃

My favourite Hellebore – ‘Ice ‘n’ Roses Rose’ -features this week, accompanied by a few primulas that came with me from the old garden and are already starting to spread. With my beloved gardening angel in the background these tiny offerings bring me comfort as the world beyond my home and garden reels.

I also picked a single daffodil which had been snapped off by something/someone… I don‘t have many in flower yet so this was a matter of rescuing a casualty! A sprig of Buddleia is in the vase too – all my buddleia remained green this winter as we didn’t have a big freeze or any permafrost.


I am not sure what it is that sometimes snaps off flowers… birds? I have had hellebore flower heads, Iris reticulata and in past years even tulips snapped off just below the flower. I wonder if you have ever seen this happen in your gardens and can offer an explanation?

My thoughts are with all my blogging friends across the world – stay calm and carry on gardening! 😉

 

In a Vase on Monday: (A) Spring in My Step

I am happy to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely Monday meme today. My hellebores are looking so pretty and there were enough to pick for a vase, albeit with quite short stems. 😃

My title describes how I have been walking around the garden the last few days… I have even been able to clear a lot of winter debris so the spring bulbs can shine. Lots of green shoots showing! 😃

The pink vase seemed appropriate, as all but one of my hellebore flowers so far are a shade of pink. I really love the double one… ‘Double Ellen Pink’.

The mottled one is ‘Diva’, as is the white one… The white flowers fade to a lovely pinky mauve.

I added a couple of sprigs of Pussy Willow – last week‘s storm took down a whole tree full of buds along the route we walk our dog, and I took the opportunity to break off a few large twigs for a vase. I do hope the storm in the UK has not affected any of you too badly.

Wishing you all calm and mild weather this coming week!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Red Chief

A couple of weeks ago I mistakenly showed a picture of my pinkish Miscanthus claiming it was my favourite – Adagio… well, I was wrong!  Now the labels are becoming visible again as things gradually die back, I see it was actually ‘Red Chief’, and my Adagios are either side of it. This explains the distinctive pinkish tinge. (I have corrected that post already!)

Anyway, here is Red Chief, looking pinker than ever…

… along with some of my other grasses, some faded Verbena bonariensis and a few sprigs of my no-name pink Heuchera that has been flowering non-stop for months now. For such tall thin stems I chose my test tube vases.

The other grasses are Briza maxima, Calamagrostis, Miscanthus Adagio, Pennisetum (Japonica and viridescens) and Panicum virgatum ‘Rehbraun’.

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme which certainly brightens up my Mondays and hopefully yours too! Have a great week! 😉

In a Vase on Monday: Celebrating Six Years of Vases!

Congratulations to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden on the sixth anniversary of her wonderful meme! And a pat on the back for all those who have been taking part and creating lovely arrangements throughout the seasons. 🙂

This week we have been set an anniversary challenge: to present an arrangement only 6 inches (15 cm) square/high.

I immediately chose my miniature crystal rose bowl as a vase and went out on Sunday afternoon in the bitter cold to see what was still standing after several nights of frost.

My now favourite Achillea – ‘Pomegranate’ – is still looking wonderful, so I snipped a tiny bit off and found some of its common cousin growing wild which I also added. Then I found a little Fleabane, tinged with pink. And that was all I needed for a pretty little display.

Of course, I couldn’t stop at just one tiny vase, and as I had already selected some of my favourite miniature containers as alternatives I filled them too…

I particularly like the fireworks effect of the fennel with the pennisetum. Just right for a celebratory vase!

This meme has changed the way I garden – I soon recognized how rewarding it is to be able to bring flowers indoors almost all year round, as well as enjoying them outside. And my planting choices were therefore influenced.

So a very big thanks to Cathy for the inspiration and for keeping this meme going with her encouragement and thoughtful comments on our vases weekly. So much dedication is remarkable. 😃

 

 

In a Vase on Monday: Two-Tone

Happy to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden on this sunny (!) November morning for her weekly vase meme!

I was intending to cut the last of the Scabious flowers for a vase today, but when I saw they were smothered in hungry bees I just had to leave them standing. Instead, I salvaged some Euphorbia I had chopped down yesterday as it had flopped in the damp weather, and added a few of the late Cosmos. Yes, they survived another frost! The result is a bit odd, but nonetheless pleasing for a November vase. 😃

The gloves on the photo are a reminder to take care when cutting Euphorbia due to the sap, which can cause allergies and burns. I  must admit I have not cared much about this before and have never had problems, but recently my skin has become sensitive to grasses, so I am not taking any risks – hence the new gauntlet style gloves with nice long sleeves to protect my wrists. 😃

The lime green of this Euphorbia (E. seguieriana ssp niciciana) has been so vibrant since the spring and I have plans to put another one in the sunshine bed next year.

The sempervivums in the background are spending the winter on my potting bench in the warmest spot under the balcony where they should be nice and dry.

I wonder if you still have flowers to share today – do visit Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) to see what her lovely garden has offered her this week.

And Happy November!

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