In a Vase on Monday: Late Winter Flowers

Some recent sunshine has helped along the Hellebores and most of them are starting to open now. The first ones I picked two weeks ago are, AMAZINGLY, still presentable! (Possibly because they each had their own little vase and did not have to share with any other plants?)

Photographed last Friday, day 12 😃

But for today’s vase I picked some fresh ones and continued the experimentation with how best to make them last. Today they are all in one vase, with nothing else added.

As with the last ones, these have not been conditioned. That will be the next experiment, as I have never tried it. (Any tips would be welcome!)

Very cold nights are forecast, but my hellebores don’t mind a bit of frost and perk up as soon as the morning sun shines on them. So hopefully I will have more to pick soon. 😃

I am linking in Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme. Why not visit her and see what everyone has found to put in a vase this Monday. 😃

Happy gardening!

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A Week of Flowers 2021, Day Seven

The Grand Finale!

Yes, today is the final day of my Week of Flowers and what a week it has been! 😃 This really has kept me busy over the past seven days, and in between packing up Christmas parcels for my family in England and chatting to them on Facetime I have been trying to keep up with the amazing flurry of flowery blogging activity. What fun!

Today I am sharing a mish-mash of favourites, starting with the Larkspur I grew from seed. Such a beautiful colour.

Another gorgeous purply blue is this Geranium, which I think is ‘Orion’. Not only did this flower almost non-stop, the autumn foliage is also really pretty.

All my asters are my favourites, with ‘Mönch’ near the top of the list. And when they faded the Chrysanthemum Anastasia took over and provided colour until the last week of November when we had snow and frost.

The last picture below captures the true blue of Salvia azurea, planted in the Moon Bed. It is a late bloomer, adding a final bit of flair to the garden in September. I think this is the bluest of any plant I have grown yet… no hint of purple at all. It matches the sky. 😃

Salvia azurea

So, once again a big thank you to all who have visited this past week. Many thanks also for all the kind comments, and a special thank you to those of you who took part and shared such a wide range of beautiful, cheerful and uplifting photos of plants and flowers, providing me with plenty of inspiration for the weeks to come. I have met a few new bloggers along the way, and there has been a wonderful hum of conversation about plants all week. I think this has raised not only my own spirits, but hopefully yours too.

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Mission accomplished? 😉

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(Same time, same place, next year! 😉)

A Week of Flowers 2021, Day Two

Today is the second day of my Week of Flowers, where I am inviting you all to join in with me and post a bright and cheerful photo of a flower or two each day for a whole week.

So many have already contributed on Day One with beautiful reminders of what has flowered this year and what will be in the coming Spring. So if you haven’t joined in yet, please do, and leave a comment below to share. Let’s cheer up this dark time of year!

My garden has brought me so much pleasure this year, and I am sharing some of the sunshine colours today.

I especially loved my sunflowers this year, which benefitted from warm and damp weather as opposed to the hot and dry springs and summers we have had in recent years. Here is a link to more photos of them in The ‘Edge.

Wishing you all a sunny day!

In a Vase on Monday: Summer!

Every Monday, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to join her in presenting something from our gardens in a vase. It is always a pleasure to participate in this meme, and this week in particular as there is so much to choose from!

I used the little hare jug my Mum sent me earlier this year, and filled it with summery flowers.

Above, you can see Scabiosa Perfecta White, with some Seseli from the Herb Bed. Below is my favourite Echinacea – ‘Green Envy’, along with a Double click Cranberries Cosmos, which is one of the few this year that actually look like they should. For some reason this one often produces single flowers for me.

This year I grew two new Echinaceas: Virgin, seen here with Scabiosa Ochroleuca and Cosmos Xanthos…

… and Fragrant Angel, which may become a favourite too.

The deep pink Cosmos is Rose Bonbon from the Double Click series. Pretty, but not as rampant as the white Cosmos featured here (Fizzy White). A sprig of Nigella is hiding in there too.

Gaura, Linaria and silvery Artemisia foliage add to the summery airy feel. (Although it is actually rather cool and autumn-like here at the moment!)

Summer seems to be drawing to an end earlier than usual. Sigh. Our housemartins are already practising for their long haul to Africa in September, swirling around the house and up to the nests repeatedly, as if imprinting the location onto their inner map. How are your seasons progressing? Do you detect a change too?

Now go and visit Cathy to see her lovely vase. And have a great week in the garden! 😃

Sneezewort and Yarrow

Isn’t that a great name for a plant?…

‘Sneezewort’

For me it conjures up images of people in times past sniffing this plant and promptly sneezing, hence giving it its name. Perhaps the wild one does cause sneezing. I am, however, pleased to report that this one does not!

Achillea ptarmica ‘Schneeball’, also known as ‘The Pearl’ or ‘Boule de Neige’.

I only discovered Achillea ptarmica last year, and am very very happy with it. I planted three small plants (9 cm pots) in the Moon Bed in the autumn and they have all produced masses of flowers since mid-June. They should continue to flower all summer.

I am wary about white flowers as I know some can look past their best rather quickly. These seem to look good non-stop. The German and French names perfectly describe the little puffy balls of petals, like snowballs. There is a slight hint of yellow at the centre.

They are about 50 cm tall, not flopping at all despite all our rain and thunderstorms and look as fresh as a proverbial daisy, to which family they actually belong.

The leaves of Achillea ptarmica are not feathery like those of the wild Achillea millefolium (which is profuse in our meadow and runs riot in my beds if permitted!).

According to the nursery where I buy my plants from, it likes a sunny position on damp ground. Well, I was gambling a bit as my garden is usually very dry, but I had hoped with mulch and an occasional extra drink it would be okay. Well, this year has been damp enough for it to thrive and get established without any additional help, so I hope it will stick around.

It is a very bright white that stands out especially well on cloudy days.

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The other Achillea I want to share is the one I used in my vase this past Monday. (See here)

Achillea millefolium ‘Pomegranate’

Achillea millefolium ‘Pomegranate’ resembles its wild friend -that most people know as yarrow – in all but its colour… and its choosiness. It took a few attempts to find the right spot for this plant. It loves heat and sun and doesn’t like to be crowded.

The shade of pinky red is gorgeous and is a great splash of colour on the back of my Butterfly Bed.

In the autumn I shall try putting some in other spots in the garden to see how it fares. Its growth is also a little unruly, but considering the rain and wind we have had I would say that is forgivable. It is a little taller than the A. ptarmica at about 60 or 70 cm.

The flowers opened about mid-June and have lasted well, although they can get a bit singed on an extremely hot day. Unlike A. ptarmica, it definitely does lean, as you can see above.

Do you grow any kind of Achillea? And have you had success with it? Do you see them growing wild?

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!