greentapestry : IAVOM ~ Mainly Green, Cream and Tangerine

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!


  1. What a beautiful pastel spring vase. Still using the white hellebore as it turns green is brilliant. I miss my geum at the old garden. It works wonderfully here with the purple splashes too.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Donna 😀

  2. Oh you have reminded me that I still haven't managed to acquire some of that Mathiasella - it sounds such a good do-er too. Hellebores are such good value plants, aren't they, holding their heads for so long and having wonderfully structural frsh foliage. Some of mine are still throwing up the odd new bloom too. Deadheading them will be on my agenda in due course too. I wish my geums were productive - they really struggle to survive, so it is lovely to see some of Totally Tangerine in your cream pot today

  3. Very pretty, Anna! I love green flowers and I'll have to look into Mathiasella bupleuroides 'Green Dreams'. The hellebores (as well as the Geum) are pulling hissy fits in my garden again this year so they may get evicted. I'm glad you got some well-needed rain.

  4. Anna, chartreuse is my favorite color in the garden, so I love green flowers and this combination with tangerine and purple is fantastic. I wish I had the creamery container, it makes a wonderful vase. Amelia

  5. Lovely! Your Mexican plant is very appealing Anna. And what a perfect companion to the hellebore. Good to see Totally Tangerine in flower! Mine have got fat buds and should be out soon too!

  6. When I saw the word tangerine I had a guess that it would be a geum.

  7. I love the green of course, which by adding the orange and purple pop even more. I looked up Mathiasella bupleuroides 'Green Dreams on the Avon Bulbs site, to learn that at present I don't have the space or aspect to grow it, but will make sure to look out and enjoy it when I go garden visiting,


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