greentapestry : In A Vase On Monday ~ The Twilight Zone

Monday, 15 May 2017

In A Vase On Monday ~ The Twilight Zone

This week's 'In A Vase On Monday' was picked and photographed late yesterday evening prompting the title of the post. It was a rush to get there before the sun went down. The weather forecast for today suggested that we might have rain throughout the day, so I thought that I would assemble my vase in advance. As it has turned out so far today a wet start has given way to a substantial dry interlude. However hopefully we will have more of the wet stuff later. The garden is already looking happier for what has already come down, after what has been a prolonged dry spell. It's not often that the watering can comes out in April and May but that has happened this spring. In my vase are :
  • Aquilegias - over the years the original aquilegias I introduced into the garden have morphed into an annual lucky dip of different colours, shades and forms. Occasionally mucky shades emerge but they are easily dealt with by snapping their heads off. Each year usually brings the unexpected - this year in the shape of pompoms of pink and also a pale blue which I could not bring myself to snip.
  • The fluffy pink spikes are persicaria bistorta 'superba' which used to be called by the more memorable name of polygonum bistortum 'Superbum'.
  • A couple of stems of convallaria majalis also known as lily-of- the-valley. 
  • The white daisies are erigeron mucronatus - yet another plant that has had a change of name over the years. I think that it would be hard to beat this plant for sheer length of flowering, from very early spring until the frost gets to them.
  • Lastly the pink cow parsley like pimpinella major rosea - well at least I think that is what it is. I also grow chaerophyllum hirsutum, which has similar flowers but in a different shade of pink and every year I struggle to remember which is which. Whatever name it answers to it's one of my favourite late spring flowering perennials, being easy to grow and seemingly pest free.

    Well whatever is happening out there it's time for me to get back outside to the shelter of the greenhouse where urgent potting on awaits. You know that sense of mounting pressure that an explosion might be imminent unless you act!

    Thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for hosting. A quick peek reveals that her vase this week is a pretty vision in shades of pink, white and green. I will vase hop later with pen and paper by my side as usual.


    1. Pimpinella major rosea is a star and a perennial you say, that would save some seed sowing of the white Ami etc. Love the dark Aquilegia, I'm always attracted to dark wine colours.

    2. Not a lot of rain here yet, despite the forecast - hope you get a decent amount in your neck of the woods. I love your little collection of blooms which could almost be replicated here, although the pimpinella you gave me is not flowering yet this year and I don't have the erigeron. Happy potting!

    3. Pink cow parsley is a novelty - love it! Goes so well with your purply blue aquilegias. :)

    4. I do know that feeling, don't take your eye off the ball! I'm very taken with the pimpinella and will definitely be looking for that next year, very pretty. Your little jug is lovely too. We've had rain all day here so the watering cans are away and the slugs are out!

    5. I love the pretty color combination, Anna. I wish I had half as many Aquilegia as you do but that pink cow parsley (another plant impossible to grow here) wins the contest for best bloom for me this week.

    6. You flowers are very similar colours to some that I picked this week. Your persicaria are early, ours are just producing leaves.

    7. That is an elegant arrangement Anna, beautiful delicate colours!

    8. Beautiful. I almost missed the lily of the valley, such an understated flower but one of my favourites at this time of year.

    9. That's a jolly arrangement of spring. Fresh and full of promise :)

      I'm a bit worried about the comment you left over at mine re the map. Were you clicking on the picture (which is a jpeg image) or the link in the text? I've made it clearer that it's the link that needs to be clicked. Let me know if you clicked on the link and then the map wasn't working for you, because it should do.

    10. Spring is full of romance and your bouquet evokes this feeling oh-so-well, Anna. Love the Pimpinella. Derry Watkins' Ammi 'Black Knight' has produced babies so I look forward to seeing how they turn out. She's since changed the name ;). Your persicaria is flowering early, I think. I agree, spring is a little mad that's why it has gone quiet over at my blog but alas, the real world is ever so tempting!

    11. The pink frothy flower what ever it's name is lovely. Aquilegia are always welcome in my garden.


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