In a Vase on Monday: Fizz, Fluff and Froth

Earlier in the week I picked all the pink Larkspur in the Moon Bed in the hope that any seedlings next year will be just blue or white. Well, the Larkspur looked lovely alone in its vase, but it would look even better if I added some frothy white Queen Anne’s Lace I thought.

As usual, one thing led to another and I found some wild Achillea milleflorum that had a pink tinge to it. Then I saw my pink Gypsophila was in flower. And a white Cosmos ‘Fizzy White’ looked pretty. And I just had to cut a couple of those gorgeous outlandish pink fluffy spikes from the Sanguisorba.

And so my vase evolved and I must say I rather like all that fizz, froth and fluff!

Why not join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for this lovely Monday meme. 😃

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Happy Gardening!

In a Vase on Monday: Sun Hats and Dragons….

Hello! It is Monday again and I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme. And this week I actually have a prop. 😃

I must admit this sun hat is rarely used, as it is a bit floppy, with a baseball cap being preferred. 😉 But you may be asking ‘Why Sun Hat?’ Well, Echinacea are known as ‘Sonnenhut’ in German… sun hats. 😃

The ones featured today are the earliest to flower and I am still waiting for a few others to open.

Pink Double Delight on the left, Pica Bella, Baby Swan White and one Echinacea pallida in the middle.

Pink Double Delight is rather fancy, but I like it for being a bit eccentric.😉

The dragons are my snapdragons, all grown from a packet of mixed seeds.

But actually there is quite a menagerie in there… lime green Wolf’s Milk (Euphorbia) at the base as a filler, and one sprig of Sedum which is known as fat chickens here (Fette Henne)… just below Pica Bella in the next photo.

The day promises to be warm but not too warm… great for visiting a garden. 😃 My friend and I are looking forward to a visit to the Himalaya Park nearby this afternoon, which I have mentioned before and will write about again soon.

Hope you have a lovely day too. ☀️

Sneezewort and Yarrow

Isn’t that a great name for a plant?…


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.

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!

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!


In a Vase on Monday: Perfect Blue (and Pink and White)

I can remember when I got to the stage in my old garden where I stopped worrying about what I was going to cut for a vase… I still have a long way to go in this garden before I have such abundance that I can snip away to my heart’s content. But I do have some lovely flowers to share nonetheless. 😃 So I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme with what I call my ‘Moon’ vase…

The striking tall spike is Gaura lindheimeri… I think it is Whirling Butterflies, but it could be Summer Breeze, which I also have in the Oval Bed. I am growing a completely white one called Cool Breeze in the Moon Bed this year as well, but it hasn’t quite opened yet.

The beautiful white Cosmos is ‘Fizzy White’ and I really like it so far. It is about 1 metre tall and the flowers last really well.

The pink Cosmos is Double Click Rose Bonbon. The Double Click series are an old favourite, but this pink one is new to me. I am pretty impressed with this one too. 😃


Last week I shared some of my Scabiosa. This week my Scabiosa caucasica ‘Perfect Blue’ opened. It is so pretty! Looking into the flower close up is fascinating. I may have missed all that detail if I hadn’t picked this flower for a vase!

And the tiny bubblegum pink spike hiding in there is my Polygonum/Bistorta affinis ‘Darjeeling Red’ which does actually have red flowers when it first opens. It is evergreen and flowers from June to November, non-stop! It is perfect ground cover for around the roots of Clematis.

I used various Pulmonaria leaves, a Geranium and an Alchemilla leaf and a Stachys leaf around the base.


Are you growing Cosmos this year? Any favourites?

Wishing you all a wonderful week!