In a Vase on Monday: cottage garden bounty


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It is always interesting to visit someone else’s garden don’t you think? This garden is delightful, loose, free, the epitome, if you like of a cottage garden. Consequently todays vase is the same.

There is an unknown variety of a pink rose and five different hardy geraniums. They are pink ones, white and purples. There are perennial sweet peas in soft pink and a dark pink lychnis. There is Alchemilla and the wild flower known as fox and cubs.

Dark claret buttons of Knautia Macedonica repeat the strength of colour from the lychnis.

The garden planting scheme was created by designer Laura Arison.

The jug is a complimentary green colour is stamped “Mersey” on the base and most likely will have been one of the owners finds. The colour repeats the poppy seed head colour. Pleasing.

Joining Monday Cathy with this vase.

Have a lovely Monday and thanks for reading. D.

In a Vase on Monday: snippets


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These are tiny short stemmed snips today as I try to preserve stems for my first NGS visitors next week.

Rose Gertrude Jekyll

Rose GJ hanging about at head height so I catch her heavenly rose scent.

A small pot of colour thanks to Geum Totally Tangerine, Astrantia major and Astrantia Shaggy and chartreuse froth courtesy of Alchemilla mollis.

Short and sweet. Get thee over to Monday Cathy to see other vases of flowers picked from gardens all over the place and not just the UK. Should you fancy joining in, all you have to do is pick some flowers, insert them in a vessel, photograph and tell us about it, adding a link back to Cathy mentioned above.

Astrantia Shaggy

Have a good week. D.

In a Vase on Monday: gifts


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It has been said before that gardeners are generous. I think all my friends are generally generous whether they are gardeners or not but when a gardening friend came for dinner she arrived with an especially generous armful from her garden. To have cut her bearded iris is so generous as they last for such a short time in the garden.

To these bearded beauties, sorry the variety is not known, she had added the white flowering, highly scented Philadelphus. (these have not liked standing in water)

Such a fresh green although it does not seem yellow enough to be P aureus in this picture.

Other foliage included a few Fatsia japonica leaves. Alchemilla mollis and an inspired addition of Epemedium.

I like how they look against the sides of the Suffolk earthenware jug, a gift from mother and father Dorris. Thanks folks.

So if you are sheltering from the steamy heat or a storm, click on the link : Rambling Cathy to see some of the other vases from around the world. D.

Wordless Wednesday: Chelsea Flower Show (sights which caught my eye)


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Auricula theatre

David Austin Rose ‘Tottering by Gently’

Lupins everywhere


Blue sky over London plane trees


Hanging vase

Tiny vases

Blue vase

Sarah Raven trade stand vases.

Delightful poppies

Camassia and Iris

Moss and Japan