In a Vase on Monday: A September Sigh

Along with some recent rain showers (some of which have been quite decent), cool nights and misty mornings are reviving the garden. So my vase today is simply a big sigh of September loveliness. 😃

Japanese Anemone ‘Serenade’, with a mix of asters, some Calamagrostis and a few strands of Gaura.

Thanks to Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden, for hosting this meme.

Have a lovely week, and happy gardening!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Relief

I am back to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with her lovely meme after a couple of weeks off.

The summer was a trying one, but the lower night time temperatures recently plus two whole days of light rain have provided some relief. I wouldn’t exactly say the garden has sprung back to life, but after chopping back the plants that suffered most I can at least bare to look at it again, and as you can see from my vases, I do have some flowers to pick still! 😃

First the pastels:

Perennial sweet pea, Cosmos, Echinacea, Verbena, Agastache, Sedum, Scabiosa, Miscanthus and Asters along with a lovely creamy white Heuchera flower which gets ten out of ten for surviving the heat!

Then a few hotter colours in my newest vase – a cheapie red glass bottle found at my local supermarket for a song. 😉

Orange Cosmos, Tithonia, Calamagrostis, Gaillardia, Persicaria, Plumbago, a red and a blue Salvia,  and a poppy seedhead.

I must admit the apples are also from the supermarket – we will have a few to harvest soon, but not as many as last year. But the vegetables should make up for that; the beans and zucchini were wonderful and I still have over twenty butternut squash to harvest!

Hope you have had a good summer and are looking forward to autumn as much as I am – my favourite time of year. 😃

Summer Grasses

When planning my flower beds in this garden I wanted grasses. Lots of them. Ones that would sway in the wind, that would remain standing until late winter, that would provide cover for birds etc, and for the long flower bed I call The ‘Edge I wanted grasses that would grow tall enough to create the effect of a semi-hedge.  Miscanthus were of course on the list, but they take so long to reach any noticeable height and do not start flowering until August.

One that I chose for early flowering is Blue Oats Grass (Helictotrichon sempervivens ‘Saphirsprudel’). By mid-May it was about 60 cm tall and in flower. And here it is May 23rd…

… And at its full height (about 1.3m) June 1st…

Another early flowering grass is Stipa gigantea. Such a beautiful grass! It grew at roughly the same pace as the Oats Grass (but is somewhat taller at about 2 metres) and catches the light so well. Early evening light especially. 😃

In the Moon Bed I have Stipa capillata, which hasn’t made much impact yet but starts flowering in early June…

And this grass, Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Schottland’, which I think will have to be moved, as it has formed a very large clump already. It also started flowering at the end of May…

In various flower beds I have Stipa tenuissima, best planted in a windy position. (Which means almost every space in my garden! ) It is such a graceful grass.

It looks a bit drab until May, when it starts to produce fresh green, and the lovely seeds.

Another relatively early flowering grass is Calamagrostis. In my Butterfly Bed it is already taller than me. In more exposed beds it is only just starting to flower. This remains upright until mid winter, and provides some warm golden highlights in autumn.

And this year I have some small Briza.

Not sure if they are perennial, but hope they will seed around anyway. Probably the prettiest seedhead, but so hard to photograph!

Do you grow an ornamental grass that fills out early on in the year? Do share!

Thanks for reading, and happy gardening!

In a Vase on Monday: Summer Whimsy

With a hot summer weekend behind us I am enjoying a cool breeze this evening – all the windows have been thrown open to let some cool air circulate. Ahh, lovely! My vase today is also airy, with the aptly named Gaura ‘Cool Breeze’ floating above the arrangement, along with the Calamagrostis.

 

I actually started off with a sprig of Physocarpus. This is a shrub I only discovered last year and I am very impressed. I think this one is ‘Lady in Red’, and she really is a star. Not for the flowers (which are also pretty) but for the deep red foliage which lights up the ‘Edge border for most of the year. Then I added spikes of Heuchera flowers, Linaria, Calamagrostis and Verbena bonariensis.

At the base, some perennial sweet peas in pink and purple, and some matching Scabiosa. Oh, and a bit of pink Lychnis. I had forgotten how much I love that vivid deep pink. Hope it produces some seedlings this year!

The sweet peas don’t smell, but they do flower for a long time in our hot summers and cover the obelisks intended for clematis – I do have some clematis, but it struggles a bit here.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. Do visit her and see the other vases this Monday from gardens across the globe!

Happy Summer!

😎🍓🍉

 

In a Vase on Monday: Spring or Summer?

Despite a couple of nerve-wracking nights with temperatures dipping to just 3° above freezing (yikes!), the garden is looking like it is summer already. Poppies are about to burst their buds, annuals and the last veg are in the process of being planted out, and the Scabiosa and Knautia are in full bloom. So I picked some for my Monday vase, joining the other Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again.

I love the Knautia and Scabiosa, as they are not only pretty but attract loads of bees and other pollinators.

We have so many buzzing around today. 🐝🐝🐝

The Veronica is opening too, so I added a couple of sprigs…

… and the red Heuchera (that should have been white and still hasn’t been moved out of the blue and white Moon Bed) was destined for a vase as soon as it showed its colour.

The best thing about this vase is the perfume coming from the pale pink Dianthus. Lovely! These pinks were a gift from my friend Simone’s garden a couple of years ago and seem very happy here. 😃

A few Nigella are hiding in there, along with a sage flower, a Persicaria, some grasses from last week’s vase, fennel foliage and some fading chive flowers. Oh, and some Pulsatilla seedheads again. I just can’t resist their fluffiness in a vase! 😉

Is your garden moving towards summer already? I wonder what defines that moment for you. In this garden I am still uncertain as the cold spell we get in early June is actually not all that unusual. In fact it has a name: Schafskälte. (Literally ‘sheep’s chill’) Early to mid June we often have a few colder days and nights that mean the poor sheep that have already been shorn feel the chill!

Hopefully this is an early ‘Schafskälte’ we are experiencing and tonight will be the last chilly night – the forecast says we are getting some real summer days at the end of the week. ☀️

Wishing you some good weather too.

And happy gardening!
🐝🌷🐝

 

World Bee Day, 2022

I just saw Eliza’s post about World Bee Day, so felt compelled to post something before this day goes by unnoticed. Like Eliza, I ask all gardeners please not to use chemicals to get rid of weeds or pests. There is almost always a kinder alternative that will not harm pollinators.

This is my Peony ‘Claire de lune’ which opened yesterday, with a bee in her ruffles. 😃

 

In a Vase on Monday: Happy Spring 2022!

It is Spring at last, and every day another flower greets me in the garden. At this time of year it becomes easier and even more pleasurable to take part in Cathy’s Monday meme. (Rambling in the Garden)

At the moment the Primulas are looking lovely, so I picked a few; yellow, cream and pale yellow. A couple of Pushkinia, grape hyacinths and miniature daffodils helped fill my tiny vase.

I wonder what is flowering for you this Monday, as Spring spreads  across the northern hemisphere. And if it hasn’t reached you yet, don’t worry. It will soon arrive and sweep you off your feet! 😃

Happy Spring! 😉