greentapestry : In A Vase On Monday ~ Bluebells & Ballerinas

Monday, 2 May 2016

In A Vase On Monday ~ Bluebells & Ballerinas


As with most Bank Holidays there's been the usual blip of rain and wind but it brightened up enough this afternoon to permit some flower picking. This week's contribution to 'In A Vase On Monday' involved a stroll up the lane which leads to the main road. Growing along one side of the sloping bank are cow parsley and bluebells. The latter were already growing when we moved here and their characteristics seem to match those of the English bluebell. The bluebells have been evident for a while now but the cow parsley is only just beginning to open. In another week or so there will be some fabulous frothiness and much sneezing whenever I walk past.


Coming back into the garden I picked some late planted, therefore late flowering narcissus 'Tête-à-Tête', three stems of the scented 'Ballerina' tulip and some sprigs of geranium phaeum. The vase is an old favourite given to me by mother some years ago. As usual my flowers were unceremoniously plonked in the vase though I did faff around with them a bit when the vase came in.


Well I'm off now to sow some seeds in the greenhouse but look forward to some vase visiting later on tonight. Thanks as always to our hostess Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden', who gives us the opportunity to share vases from far and wide on Monday. It's a most gentle and civilised way to start the week.

26 comments:

  1. There is something so delightful in wildflowers mixed with spring bulbs...and this is a perfect combo...love the colors!

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  2. Beautiful flowers - spring in a vase :-)

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    1. Thanks for you visit and comment :)

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  3. It's a beautiful and happy mix of flowers and colors, Anna. Enjoy your bank holiday!

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    1. I thought it was a cheerful mix too Kris so thanks for the confirmation :) I enjoyed the bank holiday despite the iffy weather.

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  4. That Ballerina certainly adds a bit of a zing to the vase - what striking colour combinations. That's a very blue G phaeum - do you know which it is? And is it really time for cow parsley again?! Thanks for sharing - and hope you had an industrious time in the greenhouse this afternoon!

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    1. I'm not sure but I think it could be 'Lily Lovell' Cathy. I've had it so long that the label has gone walk about. There is enough to pass on to a friend :) I had a productive time in the greenhouse. Wanted to get in there this afternoon to do some potting on but it's way too hot at the moment.

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  5. What lovely colors, Anna, the bluebells have been popping up here and there in my garden too. I haven't sniffed a fragrant tulip before, it makes a lovely addition to the vase, with the daffodils.

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    1. It's fun watching where they appear Hannah. They always surprise me. There are several fragrant tulips. I just wish that my nose hadn't lost some of its ability to detect perfume. I had it cauterised a couple of years ago and it's not been the same since :(

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  6. Your plonking seems to work just fine Anna. A lovely display.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Angie. I'm too impatient with fiddly tasks and clumsy to ever become more than just a plonker :)

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  7. I love Cow Parsley; I had it in my wedding flowers! I don't think of bluebells and Cow Parsley flowering at the same time, but they look perfect together. T. Ballerina does add a certain spice to an already beautiful spring vase.

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    1. Oh that's a perfect choice to be included in a wedding bouquet Christina. We got married in December so no chance of cow parsley in my bouquet. I think that if it was in flower at that time of year I would have risked the subsequent sneezing. Here the bluebells appear well before the cow parsley but they overlap for a period.

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  8. That lovely spring sunshine sets off your flowers beautifully Anna. I am wondering whether to produce a vase of G phaeum alone one week as it is taking over my garden! It is lovely though. Does it last once cut?

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    1. I know the feeling Cathy. It's certainly a spreader when it's happy but I love it and so do the bees. My experience is that it does not last well at all once cut but then remember I just plonk and don't condition the flowers beforehand.

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  9. The cow parsley is only about 6" tall here, it is unusual I would of thought to have it flowering the same time as blue bells. Your 'faff' around looks very effective to me.

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    1. Maybe it could just be down to where the plants are sited Brian. It's normally out at this time of year although the bluebells appear first. I picked a vase with both in at the end of April a couple of years ago :)

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  10. Very nice combination of colours, love it!

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  11. Thanks Anca - blue and orange always seem to agree with each other and the other two colours just agreed with them :)

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  12. That's so pretty, I love the orange and purple together.

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    1. Many thanks for your visit and comment Rona.

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  14. That Balerina tulip is the perfect orange to go with the bluebells, and just the right size too. some of the tulips I've grown this year have grown enormous, and don't have the elegant beauty of some of the older varieties.

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  15. Welcome Karen - it's good to see you here :) Many thanks for your comment. Your observations are spot on.
    Big certainly isn't always beautiful when it comes to tulips!

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