Monday, 15 May 2023

IAVOM -'Bits And Pieces'

 It's Monday and I'm joining in with Cathy's 'In A Vase On Monday' meme. My flowers were picked yesterday afternoon before the rain. On reflection I think that I crammed too much into one vase. I only realised much later that I now have a conjoined vase which would have been so much better for displaying their individual beauty. Never mind - note made for the future. 

In my vase this week are my favourite May flowers which for me have all proved to be stalwart hardy perennials. They are :

  • Geranium phaeum which usually open in April and are most easy going creatures. I'm sure that one of these is 'Lily Lovell' but the other may well be a seedling. They do have a tendency to self seed but that's no hardship.
  • Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' with it's light blue flowers and beautiful silver specked leaves.
  • A peek of polemonium, probably 'Purple Rain' - I must find the label.
  • Dicentra spectablis 'Alba' - I refuse to learn the new name. This met with a bit of a setback a few weeks ago with himself's size 12 feet accidentally treading on it. He was attempting to remove a hardy fuchsia which was nearby. An obstinate segment still remains in the ground waiting further surgery. Hopefully the dicentra won't remember anything about this unpleasant experience next spring and bear any grudges. 
  • Finally a sprig of the rather elegant polygonatum odoratum also known as 'Solomon's Seal'. I must remember to keep an eye open for sawfly this year as they sometimes shred the leaves later on in the year. Last year I got there just in the nick of time. 
  • Finally some pink from chaerophyllum hirsutum roseum, which was rather shy and hiding itself at the back. It is related to cow parsley and has ferny apple scented foliage.

My Emma Bridgewater hearts vase was an Ebay purchase made some time ago.

Thanks as always to the lovely Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for her excellent hosting skills. The weather knows it's Monday - after almost three consecutive dry days it's windy, cool and there was a sharp shower this morning. However the forecast for the week ahead looks promising and there is a myriad of gardening jobs are all clamouring to be done. I just need to decide which should be first 🤔

Wednesday, 10 May 2023

'Wild And Weedy Wednesday' ~ Corydalis Lutea

"Weeds are flowers too once you get to know them"
- A. A. Milne.

This week I'm joining in with 'Wild And Weedy Wednesday' hosted by Cathy who has an always most interesting blog over at 'Words And Herbs'. This is one of those weeds that I've so far not made any effort to eradicate from the garden - it's name is corydalis lutea also known as fumewort. It originally comes from the foothills of the Alps in southern Europe and can now be found growing wild in the United Kingdom, often as an escapee from gardens. It is a shade lover and can be found in rocky places and walls. Here it appeared by magic as weeds often do - in this case at the base of one of our house walls. Over the years it has spread by seed so that there are now a few clumps, some making for larger mounds  than others.  It's the fern like foliage that I especially like rather than the flower. The first flowers usually appear during April here and it will flower on and off until autumn. It appears to have few if any pests and just gets on and does it's own thing. I have read that that the flowers can be toxic to horses. Thanks to Cathy for hosting - I hope to feature another of the weeds in my garden soon. 

Monday, 1 May 2023

IAVOM ~ Mainly Green, Cream and Tangerine


Monday has rolled around again in the blink of an eye and it's time to join in with 'In A Vase On Monday'.
In my vase today are :
  • A flower from a now going over was white hellebore. I like how hellebore flowers fade and form their seed capsules - still attractive at this stage. A note has been made to deadhead more ruthlessly this year as I have noticed little forests of hellebore seedlings appearing this spring. I have culled some and will pot up just a few to see what transpires.
  • A couple of stems with a plant that I always need to check the spelling of, well certainly the first  part of it - mathiasella bupleuroides 'Green Dreams. It's a perennial originating from Mexico. It flowers on and off from April through to November, the flowers morphing from green to pink as the year goes on. I did wonder whether it would survive the prolonged bitterly cold spell we had in December so was most pleased that it did. It is in need though of a bit of a haircut now - another task on the to do list.
  • A peek of orange from the perennial geum 'Totally Tangerine' which is just getting into it's stride now and should flower for some time to come.
  • A pop of purple from the short-lived perennial that's erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve', another long flowering perennial.

The vase is an old stalwart, a charity shop find - a stoneware jar that originally held cream. The Manchester Creamery which has long since closed was about 35 miles away from here. The creamery was in the city but the milk came from dairy cows in Cheshire.

Thanks to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for her excellent hosting skills. Here it's the May Day bank holiday with the weather that we associate with such occasions - cool, cloudy and breezy. However it's not rained so far unlike yesterday when it poured down for a good part of the day. However it was welcome rain and I'm convinced that everything in the garden has grown noticeably in just twenty four hours. The downside is that for the first time this year I noticed signs of mollusc damage to seedlings this morning. The torch is coming out with me tonight!

Monday, 24 April 2023

IAVOM ~ "A Host Of Daffodils"

It's another pick and plonk this Monday with a vase full of daffodils. They are  narcissus triandus  'Tresamble', a variety that I've not grown before. They are an older variety dating back to pre-1930 and were described by the bulb merchant as "multi-headed, strong in the stems and weather resistant', a description which so far has proved accurate. I was expecting up to three flowers per stem but have been pleasantly surprised to find up to five flowers on some stems. I'm growing them in a pot but I'm sure that they would do well in the ground too. Research into the name drew a blank although there is a hamlet of 'Tresamble' in Cornwall, an area famous for daffodil growing so perhaps that was how the name originated. The flowers are also fragrant, although perhaps too fragrant for my liking and I will have to think carefully about where to position the vase.

The vase is an old timer of unknown origin. It previously provided a home for either pencils or artist's paintbrushes or perhaps it was a mix of both. 

A thanks as always to our hostess Cathy who blogs over at 'Rambling In The Garden'. Do visit if you haven't before and enjoy vases of flowers, foliage and frippery posted from far and wide throughout the year.

The weather has turned cold today with a touch of winter returning for a couple of days. The weather forecasters have been warning gardeners to fleece tender plants well in case of likely frosts tonight so I'm off to the greenhouse soon to wrap my seedling babies up for the night. Hopefully normal service will soon be resumed and the greenhouse vents will be opening wide again trying to cool things down. It's always a fine balancing act at this time of year. 

Monday, 17 April 2023

IAVOM ~ Nipped In The Bud

Well after last week's exciting experimentation with a flower frog it's back to pick and plonk today for 'In A Vase On Monday'. These 'Ballerina' tulips lent themselves to the occasion. I noticed this morning that seven of the stems had been snapped spookily in more or less at the same point of their respective stems, quite close to the flower heads. Luckily the pot is crammed with bulbs so their companions still make for a colourful display in their blue pot. Whether it has happened because of recent strong winds or whether it's down to pesky pigeon or squirrel activity I just don't know. The pot is visible from the kitchen window so I will be keeping my eyes peeled when I'm at the kitchen sink and maybe might be able to identify the culprit. I like 'Ballerina' - both the colour and the fact that I don't need to plant bulbs every autumn.

As always it's a big thanks to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for her impeccable hosting. Some of the various participants met up virtually yesterday which was most enjoyable and further get togethers are in the pipeline. It's back to to the green waste bin for me in a few moments, It's due to be emptied tomorrow morning and I think that I can just squeeze another trugful in but I hope to catch up with everyone's vases later this evening. Wishing everyone a sunny flower filled week 💐

Monday, 10 April 2023

IAVOM - "My Cup Runneth Over"


Yesterday saw my first attempt at using a flower frog. It wasn't helped by consuming a glass of red wine beforehand to accompany a yummy Easter meal or by the breeze that ruffled stems and petals when it came to taking the photo. Still practice makes perfect and all that.

In my vase this week are :

  • Some of my favourite daffodils - the beautiful and elegant white narcissus 'Thalia'.
  • A peek of pale blue muscari 'Valerie Finnis'.
  • Honesty from a self seeded plant which has a touch of 'Chedglow' in it's foliage but isn't pure 'Chedglow'.
  • Some stems of alemanchier blossom. 
  • A couple of flowers of sweetly scented viola 'Peach Jump Up'. This was a totally impractical addition as the stems were too short to reach the water but they rested there temporarily.

My vase is a 'Roy Kirkham' bone china mug which looks larger in the photo than it actually is. I have had it for a good few years but can't remember how it came into my possession. I do remember that it had a beautiful companion decorated with a clematis but a certain someone who shall remain nameless dropped it and that was that. The egg filled nest creation is a shop bought florists pick.

With thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' who encourages bloggers to share their vases each Monday. I hope that everyone who celebrates Easter enjoyed yesterday. Here the beautiful settled spring weather we've enjoyed for a few days has turned into the usual Bank holiday treat of heavy rain but there are jobs a plenty awaiting in the greenhouse.

Monday, 13 March 2023

IAVOM ~ The Post With No Name

 It is amazing just how quickly Mondays come around and of course time for a vase. A trio of flowers picked yesterday ahead yesterday afternoon in anticipation a busy morning and also of the unpleasant weather forecast for today of wet and windy. They are :
  • A sprig of pulmonaria - I think that this one is 'Victorian Brooch'.
  • Some cardamine quinquefolia - this is a hardy perennial which comes into leaf and then flower in February and looks most attractive as an underskirt for snowdrops and hellebores. I bought this plant in a small pot, almost ten years ago this April. I remember it well as it was the day that our compost toilet at the allotment site was formally open. I had to be there to greet the M.P. who did the honours but before the event himself and I managed to squeeze in a plant sale. The small pot that came home with me is now a veritable lilac pool. It disappears ww
  • The double pink hellebore, variety unknown, grows amidst the lilac pool but it is becoming too engulfed so some remedial action is required.

The vase was a relatively recent purchase from the florist a few doors away from my hairdressers. My first venture into the shop resulted in the discovery of a treasure trove of glasses vases in a rainbow of colours. I will return in due course. 

The weather forecast was unfortunately accurate and it seem's that yesterday's foretaste of spring was just a teasing glimpse. It had been the first time this year that I had ventured out to garden for a good spell without being hampered by the need to wear a coat or gloves. Still there must be more days like that just round the corner. Thanks to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for enabling us to share our floral pickings each Monday. 

Monday, 6 March 2023

IAVOM ~ 'The Angel Of The Garden'

Rain has stopped played today so my vase has retreated indoors under cover. Fortunately I picked the flowers yesterday. They are :

  • Two varieties of iris reticulata - namely 'Purple Hill' and 'Clairette'. Although the flowers never seem to last for long, their subtle markings are always so fascinating to view especially at close quarters.
  • One of the last remaining snowdrops in flower - plicatus 'Augustus' with it's distinctive seersucker petals. 
Keeking  a protective watch over my teeny tiny vase is 'An Angel Of The Garden' figurine, whose purchase was prompted by seeing her some time ago feature in Cathy's 'Words and Herbs' blog. Thank you Cathy for putting temptation in my way 😂

Thanks also to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden', who so gently encourages us to share our vases each and every Monday, whatever the season and weather is throwing at us. The forecast for the rest of the week here is decidedly wintry in nature with cold overnight temperatures and possibly some snow on Thursday. Winter has not run it's course yet so seed sowing plans in the greenhouse are on hold. I did sow some larkspur at the weekend though as I thought that they would appreciate the chill. No signs of any germination yet from my September sown seeds. Hope that everyone has a good week ahead whatever they are up to.