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 One

Blogging is not only a wonderful way to learn from and share ideas with other bloggers, but it is also an excellent way of keeping a record of the garden at various times of year. I do write down what I have planted and where – I have a large album for that – but seeing how things work together in photos is even better. So here is a look at the garden in June. Today I will focus on the Vegetable Plot, the Oval Bed and the Butterfly Bed.

The Vegetable Plot is new this year and seems to be doing well so far. The zucchini and butternut got off to a slow start, and cucumbers had to be replanted after a very cold May, but they now seem to be doing better. The Kohlrabi will be much bigger than I thought, and runner beans have only just started sprouting. Some of my lettuce is being grazed (!) but on the whole salad leaves, chard, dill and the strawberries are also growing well.

(Click on any photo to enlarge as a slideshow)

The Butterfly Bed was planted in October 2018 and this is the first year where the Alchemilla, Geraniums, Salvia pratensis and Nepeta have competed with each other to see who can get the tallest! One of the Nepeta has already lost, and has flopped, the Salvia is over and can be cut back for a second flowering later, but the Alchemilla and the Geraniums are enormous!

I widened the back of the bed last autumn and it is already filling out. I like the tall upright Calamagrostis here. And the buddleia have recovered fully from the winter and are leafing out nicely.

In the centre you can see the very tall Knautia macedonia ‘Melton Pastels’ flowers. They spread by seed and seem to be taller than ever this year. The flowers vary from pale pink to a deep wine red.

I moved this tiny Clematis integrifolia ‘Baby Blue’ last year and it seems really happy on this corner now, with a bit of shade later in the day from the buddleia next to it.

Finally, the Oval Bed. This was planted in our hot dry Spring last year and has got established really well.

The Stipa tenuissima gives the structure, along with three obelisks planted with Clematis. The red one below is Nubia, and the purple one Arabella.

A bird bath will eventually be a feature in the green inner area of the oval. Below, the Centranthus ruber will hopefully attract moths, especially the Hummingbird Hawk Moth. This blue Veronica austriaca ‘Knallblau’ is such a fabulous deep shade of blue that I planted another one in the Moon Bed this year.

Some Allium Purple Rain are still flowering in this bed, while the first annual Cosmos (Daydream) are just opening.

A peony I planted here last spring has recently flowered for the first time and has reminded me why I chose it… Paeonia lactiflora ‘Dancing Butterfly’ is a delcate shade of pink quite unlike some of the photos on the internet, with a creamy pink-tinged centre.

I hope you enjoyed a look around my garden. Part Two coming soon will focus on the Moon Bed, Herb Bed, Sunshine Bed and the latest project; The ‘Edge. 😃

Thank you for reading!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Mai Tai

Good evening. I am a little late joining Cathy’s meme today (at Rambling in the Garden) as it is a bank holiday here in Germany (Whit Monday) and we visited some friends this afternoon. (A rare event these days! 😉)

But I gathered some bits and pieces for my vase this morning so I could take the posy with me.

I started off with the beautiful peachy Geum ‘Mai Tai’. Isn’t she lovely? 😉

I also wanted to use the seedheads of Pulsatilla and was pleased with the combination. Then came the lovely Alchemilla, not quite in flower yet, some fading Hellebores, a couple of Pulmonaria leaves, a chive flower and some white Iberis (I think!).

Mai Tai is flowering for the first time this year. I only discovered Geums a couple of years ago after growing some G. chiloense ‘Blazing Sunset’ from seed. I also have a yellow one called Diane, but she is still very small, so hopefully she will grow up to become a vase candidate next spring.

Have you grown Geums? Do you have a favourite?

Hope your week is a flowery one!

🤗