In a Vase on Monday: Overflowing

It has been so wet in the south of Germany.💦💧🌧 Some of the rivers and streams are overflowing their banks, and although we live on a hill we have also had water running down to us from higher ground. Today is the first day it hasn’t rained for ages though, so I am enjoying the sunshine with Anouk lying nearby while my Man of Many Talents mows.

The garden is not only soggier than it has ever been, but the weeds have continued to flourish too! Frustrating shoulder and hand problems have prevented me from doing any work at all, let alone just keeping up with maintenance, so many plants are overflowing the (yet to be mown) lawn and these were naturally my first choice for my vase today.

The tall spikes are Linaria purpurea, Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’, Larkspur, Verbena bonariensis, a pink Snapdragon  and the first Buddleia flower to open.

Two little dots of creamy white are Cephalaria gigantea flowers… the plant is taller than me and a few stems are weighed down to the ground by the water on the flowers, but that is not stopping the bees! 😃🐝😃

The red cluster is Achillea ‘Pomegranate’, which I moved to the opposite side of the Butterfly Bed where it enjoys even more sunshine and seems happier with no shade at all. It is such a gorgeous plant.

I added two shades of pink Larkspur… a single white has appeared in the mix I sowed which will be left to go to seed along with all the blue ones, but I am picking the pinks.😃

I hope to be gardening again soon, but in the meantime I am simply taking pleasure in the garden, spending time with Anouk, and perusing gardening blogs. Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. Do go and visit her to see what other gardeners are putting in their vases this Monday.

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Have a great week!

 

Enchanting Larkspur

I treated myself to an advent calendar last December that contained a packet of seeds for each day. It was so lovely opening it up each day in the semi-darkness of December mornings. 😄

One of the seed packets was a Delphinium consolida mix (also called Consolida regalis); Common field larkspur. Never having grown it before it was exciting to see the teeny weeny seedlings grow into tall strong plants, which I then planted out into the Moon Bed, hoping they would be blue and white.

The Moon Bed

Well, last week they started to open….

And most of them are blue. 😁 (Well, purplish blue). They are really tall and have had a beating in our storms, but they are still standing.

I love them!

 

There are two shades of pink too, which are also really pretty. This peachy pink…

And a lilacy shade of pink…

I will probably use them in vases. No white ones so far, but I shall definitely be putting white larkspur on my seed list for next year. I am rather envious of the white ones Frank at Sorta Suburbia has drifting romantically through his Potager. 😉

Have you ever grown Larkspur or do you see it in the wild where you live?

 

In a Vase on Monday: Dragons or Lions?

This Monday morning the first thing I did was to go outside and pick some flowers so that I can join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely vase meme. It is now 10 am and already 27°C, so I am glad I was up early to enjoy some cooler air.

Alchemilla mollis is trying to take over my garden beds this summer, so a few strands overhanging the lawn or shadowing other plants were the first choice for today’s vase. Then I cut the tallest stems of the antirrhinums that miraculously survived our cold winter. Add some of the red Heuchera that crept into the Moon Bed by mistake, and this is what you get.😃

The German name for antirrhinums is ‘Löwenmäulchen’ – little lion mouths. 😃 In Britain they are called Snapdragons. I rather like both names. I wonder which you prefer.

Heuchera also has a pretty common name in Germany – Purple Bells or Silver Bells. Does anyone know of a common name for them in English?

My Alchmeilla will need to be cut down soon as the flowers scorch and droop in the heat. But new leaves will quickly appear and provide some nice green ground cover.

 

Do visit our host Cathy today to see what she has found from her beautiful garden to put in a vase this week.

Have a great week and happy gardening!

The Garden in June, 2021: Part Two

June is hot this year, but the garden has benefitted from the cool Spring so it is coping pretty well. 30°C and climbing! Phew! Glad I got that mulch down in time!

The other day I posted about the Vegetable Plot, the Butterfly Bed and the Oval Bed. Today I am taking you on a tour of the remaining beds. It’s a long post, so settle down with a cool drink in the shade! 😉

So first of all the Herb Bed.

There are a few plants in there that aren’t herbal actually, but the majority is edible. 😃

This is the hottest, driest part of the garden for most of the year, and in late winter a cold wind whistles round the corner where this Geum stands… but this is its third year, so it clearly doesn’t mind!

The Lemon Balm has grown into almost a shrub this year. The silvery foliage on the right is curry plant (Helychrysum italicum).  It really does smell of curry!There are some Hypericums and Echinacea, and all the usual kitchen herbs in here: parsely, chives, thyme and oregano, sage, winter savory, dill and borage, coriander, fennel and mint.

Under the Hamamelis tree are some wild strawberries. They smell (and taste) fantastic! Last year this bed was plagued by mice.  🙃 This year we have been lucky so far…

A few ornamental sages are planted here too. This one is Salvia greggii ‘Syringa Blues’, which does in fact look more blue in real life.

One plant I can’t wait to see flower is this Moldavian Dragonhead (Dracocephalum moldavicum) grown from seed. I have no idea what to expect!

Next up, the Moon Bed.

It was tilled autumn 2020, when a few things were planted,  and then the rest of the planting took place this spring.

The bed is actually a half moon shape, and the planting is predominantly whites and blues with some silver and cream. Allium Mount Everest has already gone over, but the bees loved it while it was in flower.

Shrubs and plants include a white lupin, veronica, phlox, lavender, a dwarf Philadelphus, a white broom, Spiraea arguta, Sea Buckthorn and a pretty willow (Salix integra) called Hakuro Nishiki. The leaves are variegated with creamy white and a hint of pink. So pretty!

The ‘moon’ in the centre is a hollow rusty metal ball – a gift from my Man of Many Talents. 😃A silvery Miscanthus is planted next to it and behind it a pink Heuchera (wrongly labelled!) has crept in…

…but this bright pinky red peony was added as a fun touch; it is called Cuckoo’s Nest. And it is the cuckoo in the nest, standing out among the softer colours. It smells wonderful. I love it!

Another peony currently flowering is Jan van Leeuwen. It’s a gorgeous flower – big and blousy with a golden centre. But sadly it has no fragrance.

Several Geraniums are planted here, including the perfectly blue Mrs Kendall Clark and the strikingly white ‘White Ness’ seen here with Rozanne.

I have planted lots of annuals in between, yet to make a show… Cosmos, Cleome and Gaura (the latter is often winter hardy here but not reliably).

Let’s move on to the Sunshine Bed.

This is glorious right now with the Californian poppies, Oriental poppies and Geums lighting it up.

Sunflowers, Tithonia and then the perennial Helianthus will provide more sunshiny colour later in the summer, with some grasses in between. A yellow broom has gone over now, but here it about two weeks ago in full bloom on the right. What a lovely honey-llike scent it has. Another favourite with the bees. 😃🐝

Finally the latest bed. The ‘Edge.

Not a hedge, exactly. But almost. Hence the apostrophe. And this long curved bed marks the outer border – the edge – of the flower garden.

This is what I have been working towards from the very beginning. I knew it would be tough – it is 25 metres long! Hopefully it will eventually meet my expectations, but currently it is still looking rather sparse. The stunning Lupin in the middle has been flowering nonstop since mid-May.

Then there are grasses such as Miscanthus, Calamagrostis and Imperata, some shrubs such as a Forsythia, Cornus, Hazel and Weigelia, some ground cover like Spiraea and Heuchera, and some sunflowers and Tithonia yet to flower. This is a lovely shrub that is new to me. Physocarpus opulofolium ‘Lady in Red’.

The bed is exposed, to say the least, and will be put to the test over the next twelve months. But the soil is wonderful and the wood chippings as mulch help keep it moist.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed the tour. Thank you for joining me while I keep records of the garden developing, and have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Gardening!