greentapestry : IAVOM ~ Pastels

Monday, 13 April 2020

IAVOM ~ Pastels

My 'In A Vase Of Monday' this week is a confection of pastel shades including some liquorice allsort colours. The contents are as follows:

  • A stem of lunaria annua variegata alba aka variegated white honesty - about half a dozen plants considerately self-seeded last year, came through the winter to produce some most sturdy plants which are now covered with white flowers. I am delighted as there will be a source of their shimmering transparent seed cases to pick later this year for vases and hopefully another source of seedlings for next year.
  • Some baby blue flowers of muscari armeniacum 'Valerie Finnis'. I planted these in pots and for some reason thought that they would flower much earlier than they did. I had convinced myself that I had planted the bulbs at the wrong depth resulting in no flowers this spring but have been pleasantly proved wrong.
  • A couple of stems of the plant that I will also refer to as dicentra spectablis alba (I know it has had an ugly name change) or white bleeding heart. Sadly I broke a few hearts whilst placing them in the vase.
  • Last but not least the pink flowers are from a plant which I always struggle to identify. It's a moisture loving perennial which does well in shade. I'm reasonably sure though that it's chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum' rather than it's doppelgȃnger pimpinella major 'Rosea'. However I could be wrong and come back to amend this post later. I have both plants with one flowering before the other.
Easter Monday has turned out cooler here than of late but still with blue skies and sunshine. I have been pottering about in the garden doing a few gentle jobs.  I hope that my blogging friends have had the chance to get out too and enjoy their respective gardens which are keeping a lot of us grounded in the present situation. Thank you as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for providing with a steadfast platform to display and share our vases each week. It is much appreciated.


  1. Just beautiful, Anna! I've planted Valerie Finnis last autumn for the first time and she's gorgeous, a lot nicer than the 'ordinary' ones. The flowers seem to last longer too so I shall plant more this year. Hope all is well with you, take care xx

  2. I’ll always call them dicentra too.

  3. I love your fresh pastel mix, Anna! The pink bloom is new to me. I appreciate its delicate beauty. It's chilly and damp here this morning but I'm about to venture out to plant some tomatoes as I've been struggling to get fresh ones of late and my husband can't eat the canned variety due to its high sodium count.

  4. My 'special' muscari were all later to bloom than the bog standard ones I already had - and my dicentra is only just coming through whereas it usually appears before the aquilegia get going. But hey ho, it keeps us on our toes looking out for things. It's such a pretty pastel vase and the pink frothy bloom, whatever it is, is a great addition - thanks for sharing, Anna

  5. Very pretty selection of flowers. Stay safe. Best wishes . Karen

  6. The Valerie Finns pale blue is most wonderfully shown to great advantage there with white and pink...beautiful.

  7. A beautiful spring vase Anna. Those pastels are so delicate and sweet. I still call them Dicentras too, but the German common name is nice... 'Weeping Hearts'. �� I found some annual Lunaria in my old garden last week... no idea where it came from! I only have the perennial one which has paler flowers later in spring. Have a good week in your garden Anna.


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