In a Vase on Monday: Spring Times Six

Monday is vase day, and I am pleased to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again. But my vase today is actually six little vases all joined together!

This ingenious ‘vase’, given to me by a friend some years ago, means I can show off lots of different Spring flowers at once. ๐Ÿ˜‰

First, a Muscari and an unlabelled Pulmonaria brought with me from the old garden.

Then a Puschkinnia… love those stripes!

And finally Glory of the Snow, Bellis and a double primula.

Last week I mentioned that the little jug I used had some eggs on the base inside, but I had not thought to photograph them before filling the jug with flowers. So here’s a photo!

Hope you are all enjoying warmer temperatures than here… We had an amazing 21ยฐC one day last week but are down to just single digits again tomorrow with snow flurries already! I have been preparing my new bed today though, so will be glad of a few days rest! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s a preview….

It’s about 24 metres long and about 1.5 metres wide, forming a boundary for the flower garden. Planting should start as soon as this cold spell is over. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Happy gardening!



In a Vase on Monday: Easter Week

I am happy to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with a vase this week. Yes, Spring has gone into second gear and will no doubt accelerate rapidly now and I have a few flowers to share!

My little vase contains narcissi (Jetfire I think) and primulas.

The Easter Lamb in the background has been with me for some years now, and I do have a soft spot for her. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A closer look at the dear little jug that my Mum gave me a few years ago…

I forgot to photograph the inside before filling it, but there a few bird eggs on the base inside. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The big double primula was purchased recently for a pot and smells amazing! A bit like lemon fizz! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wishing you all a sunny Easter week!






Spring Update

The sun is shining and temperatures have finally climbed into double figures. And my Spring plant orders have started arriving. What more could a gardener ask for?!


There are lots of plants in this delivery for the new bed, yet to be prepared. But the other things that arrived yesterday went in immediately. For example, some more Echinacea and Salvia for the Oval Bed and a Veronica and white Dicentra (Lamprocapnos) for the Moon Bed. You can see the Dicentra here… tiny but very vigorous!


I never really introduced the Moon Bed, which was prepared and planted rather late last autumn. Here it is, still looking rather bare.


Cutting down the Miscanthus next to my ‘Moon’ in late winter made it look even sparser, but it will soon start taking off now it is warmer. Most of the plants I put in last year are peeping through the soil. It is so reassuring, and exciting too, to see them appear from nowhere!


The barriers around two shrubs are to deter a Mummy hare from nibbling… can you see a bundle of fur in here?


One of her babies has made a nest in some hay I put out for him. He seems to like the spot under my potting bench for daytime napping and basking in the sunshine!

The colour scheme for the Moon Bed (which is actually a half moon in shape) will be limited to blue and white, with some silvery foliage and grasses mixed in. Can’t wait to see if it works! I think it is easier to experiment when you are starting from scratch. There are some new plants in there I have never grown, including a Delphinium… not sure if it will like such an exposed position, but we will see. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I also planted a few small herb plants in the Herb Bed yesterday: a Schizonepeta multifida (sounds a bit scary!) which is a mountain mint and looks like a dead stick still, hence no photo; a fennel plant to replace one eaten by the mice; and some Greek oregano. (Have any of you ever grown the Schizonepeta before? )


My Rosemary sadly had to be dug out of the Herb Bed as it did not survive the winter, but I now have a lovely Witch Hazel on the other corner of the Herb Bed and after ripping out dozens of wild strawberry plants (or was it thousands? ๐Ÿ˜‰) to make room for the witch hazel I planted some cheerful Saxifrage. Albeit not the herbal kind. The witch hazel is ‘Diane’ and looks extremely boring now the flowers have gone over and the leaves haven’t started to unfurl but, for my own reference at least, here it is.


Today the cold wind has made a comeback, so I am spending a relaxing afternoon recovering from a few aching limbs typical for gardeners at this time of year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great weekend everyone.

And Happy Gardening!



A Spring(?)Picnic

Happy Spring Equinox! (Or Autumnal Equinox to those in the southern hemisphere!)

The other day the sun was shining and despite a few flurrries of snow on and off we decided to brave the chill wind and go for a walk in the woods. The black clouds ahead of us did not bode well, and no sooner had we arrived at our parking spot it started to sleet, snow, hail and blow from the north-east. Brrr! But we had our picnic with us, so we persevered!

Now this looks a nice spot for a Spring picnic… and the sun is trying to come out.

Spring Picnic

And a little walk afterwards.

Dreaming of paddling here in summer.

Maybe bring the hammocks?

Summer will come again soon enough, and I shall then be lamenting the heat and lack of rain. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I will patiently wait for warmer days forecast for the end of the month. March came in like a lion, so I am hopeful!

Have you had picnic weather yet? ๐Ÿ˜‰