Monday, 30 May 2016

In A Vase On Monday ~ Gifted


Himself absolutely refuses to take to the highways and byways on Bank Holiday Mondays. This goes back to the time when we were both working and set off on a Bank Holiday jaunt into Derbyshire to a plant fair. Going was fine but our return journey met with a huge traffic jam which resulted in an overheated engine. That was that in no uncertain terms, so since then my Bank Holiday outings have been strictly confined to trips to the allotment, which is where I spent a good part of today.

Having recently admired a vibrant splash of colour on my allotment neighbour's red geum I was delighted to be given a trio of these plants this morning. Two of the plants have remained at the allotment but the largest came home with me. To help the plant overcome the shock of being lifted, I decided to cut the flowers off. The geums came without a name but I suspect that they are geum 'Mrs J. Bradshaw', a hardy perennial which comes true from seed. The surplus flowers went into an old glass yoghurt pot and will probably stay outside to decorate the table. In other geum news I've finally got my paws on geum 'Totally Tangerine' after being smitten with it from glimpses on television, magazines and blogs. It's a plant that eluded me for ages and I was so pleased to come across it at local garden centre last weekend. It's joined my other geum the lovely 'Mai Tai' which I hope to feature in a future vase.

Thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' and her regular weekly open invitation to share our vases on a Monday.

19 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous geum...I may have to get this for my red garden!

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  2. I've also admired the tangerine Geum on blog gardens.

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    1. It's been teasing me for a couple of years Diana so I so was so pleased to track it down.

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  3. Lovely - they are so dependable too, once they get going. Thanks for sharing. Himself is quite right of course - and now you are a Lord and Lady of Leisure you can of course choose when you want to make your visits, although that of course doesn't work for events that are held only on Bank Holidays!

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    1. hey look like good doers Cathy so I hope that they soon settle in. Maybe it would be a different scenario if our local roads were quieter but I've resigned myself now to our bank holiday routine :)

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  4. We usually hide away from the crowds on bank holidays too - cyclists and walkers were out en masse again at the weekend which makes dog walks rather tedious. Your Geum is beautiful and I am so envious of all the lovely ones I have seen in vases or on blogs lately. Totally Tangerine is on my list too, but finding anything other than a plain old 'Geum' in our garden centres is improbable! Look forward to meeting Mai Taii soon too!

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    1. Glad to know that we're not alone Cathy :) I wish you joy in your search for 'Totally Tangerine'. Maybe you will come across it at a plant fair.

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  5. Lucky you to be given your heart's desire!

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    1. I was most fortunate Christina. Allotment folk are generous and there is a lot of plant swapping that goes on between plot holders.

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  6. I love geums but they really don't do well here. I rarely venture anywhere on a bank holiday weekend, too many years of living near the coast as a child and not being able to move for the tourist traffic!

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    1. I can imagine what that must be like in your neck of the woods Su. Guilty of being in that tourist traffic many years ago when we used to go to Hunstanton on bank holidays - my parents in the front of the car and four excited kids in the back :)

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  7. I bought three geums last year for the yellow and red bed. Until then I had only heard of Mrs Bradshaw.

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    1. 'Mrs.Bradshaw' was the first geum I heard of too Sue but not the first to arrive with me :)

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  8. I can't really blame you for staying close to home on holidays. After all, holidays are meant for relaxing, not getting stuck in traffic! Your new geum flowers are beautiful! Don't you just love when a neighbor shares plants with you? It's the best kind of gardening.

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    1. Plants that come from family, friends and neighbours are always extra special Heather :)

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  9. Down here the roads on a bank holiday are definitely to be avoided at all costs. Delighted you've found Geum TT, it's a cracker!

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  10. Yours is one of the blogs that I've admired TT on Jessica :) The plant looks even better in real life.

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  11. I love geums. There are some lovely hybrids around these days. I have been on the look out for the elusive Totally Tangerine too. Do show us when it blooms.

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.