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Monday 13 May 2024

IAVOM ~ Wooooosh!


It's that wooooosh time of year when suddenly everything in the garden has taken off, growing whenever my back is turned. A spell of a gloriously dry week and above average temperatures has resulted in various openings. In my Monday vase this week are :

  • Aquilegia - the majority of aquilegias in my garden are blue. They are descendants from seed obtained from The Cottage Garden Society seed exchange many moons ago - possibly aquilegia 'Hensol Harebell'.
  • Some heads of allium schoenoprasum or chives - not only good to look at but edible too.
  • Some stems of millium effusum 'Aureum' also known as 'Bowles Golden Grass'. This grass prefers a touch of shade as too much sun can scorch the leaves. It seeds about but never to nuisance proportions.
  • A stem of thalictrum 'Black Stockings' with a fizz of flowers and delicious dark purple stems. To my eye the flowers are more purple than my photo suggests.
The above are all tough as boots hardy perennials which don't require much intervention and are generally trouble free. My favourite sort of plants.


A big thank you as always to Cathy who blogs over at 'Rambling In The Garden' and whose vase this week includes her beautiful wisteria.

Himself has just told me that it has started to rain which might bring today's filling the green bin to the brim activities to an abrupt stop. Rain is forecast for tomorrow but then the remainder of week although cooler looks quite promising. There are sweet peas to be planted, weeding to be done and then the last of the annuals in the shape of zinnias to sow and last but not least I need to sow some climbing French beans. Wishing my fellow gardening bloggers a good week.

18 comments:

  1. Aah - aquilegias! I love aquilegia! I have had 76 different type of aquilegia in my earlier garden.

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    1. Oh that's a lot of aquilegias Anna ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. What a beautiful meadowy looking bouquet in that sweet vase.

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    1. Thanks for your visit and kind words Donna. 'Meadowy' is a lovely description ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. It's a lovely arrangement, Anna. And "wooooosh" is a great description of the season! We're in hyperdrive here too, moving all too quickly in the direction of summer. Our morning skies are gray as the marine layer is paying us daily visits, persisting into mid-afternoon. I wish the skies would deliver a little rain but that's a pipe dream.

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    1. It certainly seems as if somebody has pressed the fast forward button Kris ๐Ÿ˜‚ Not surprisingly it's raining here now. Although we've had too much over the last few months we don't always realise how fortunate we are.

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  4. My goodness, those Aquilegia are spectacular! I think they are the biggest flowers I have ever seen. I love the color and the mix with the chives. I have just thinned my zinnias in hopes of cutting summer flowers. I hope you get some great gardening weather. Amelia

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    1. Thank you Amelia. The aquilegia are flourishing this year. Looking forward to seeing your some of zinnias in a vase soon ๐Ÿ˜€ The gardening weather has been good this week.

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  5. I love columbines and there are so many to choose from– some have done better than others in my garden. They are pretty tough overall, as you say. That Thalictrum is very pretty! I try to grow them, but they are favored by some little green worm. I don't spray them as the birds find them rather tasty! One must compromise in the garden. ;) Eliza

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    1. Oh I don't like the sounds of that little green worm Eliza ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I wonder what it is and whether it's made it over to this side of the pond ๐Ÿค”

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  6. Yes, you can't beat a good good do-er! That aquilegia is a lovely shade of blue and I like the idea that is could be called 'Hensol Harebell' - I wouldn't mind some seed if you were able to collect some, Anna. I love this thalictrum too but mine are not substtantial enough to cut yet, so I shall just enjoy the few plumes on the two plants. Thanks for sharing your spring pretties and your lovely ๐Ÿ’— vase

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    1. There's nothing quite like a good do-er Cathy ๐Ÿ˜‚ You are certainly welcome to some seed. The thalictrum takes a while to establish. I have mixed feelings about cutting it for vases as it doesn't seem to last long.

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  7. Our self seeded aquilegias are much taller than the ones I planted and are also blue.

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    1. That's interesting Sue. I can't envisage my original aquilegias now as it was that long ago. I've noticed though this year that a lot of plants are taller than usual and/or more floriferous. I'm putting it down to all that rain!

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  8. Nice use of the chives, Anna. I keep seeing thalictrum 'Black Stockings' in various posts and must take a look for it. It looks lovely in your vase along with the chives and the Aquilegia. This is a busy time of the year in the garden and I hope you manage to complete all the tasks you’ve outlined.

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    1. Oh thank you Catherine for your visit and comments. Do find room for thalictrum 'Black Stockings' if you can. It's a gem! The seeds have been sown, there has been some weeding but the sweet peas are still looking at me ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  9. That is very very pretty Anna! Aquilegias look so nice with pink, and your Thalictrum flower is a stunner! I know what you mean with the 'woooosh'! It is a jungle out there! Hope your weather is at least decent enough for you to get your jobs done this week. We actually had to flee the hot sun yesterday, but thunderstorms are forecast.

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  10. Thanks Cathy ๐Ÿ˜‚ It's certainly that time of year when things have put a real spurt on. The weather has been reasonable until today when the skies opened!

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