Allium Purple Sensation, amandes ameres, Anthriscus sylvestris ravenswing, apothecary bottle, Aquilegia vulgaris, Astrantia 'Roma', Bistort officinalis, bitter almond, Geum "Mrs Bradshaw", in a vase on Monday, Meadow rue, Myrrhis odorata, Persicaria bistort, Sweet cicely, Thalictrum Elin
Oh my it is Monday and I very nearly missed joining Cathy at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com
Cathy’s meme to collect flowers from the garden to display in the house is a delight. If you feel you might like to join in then be sure to post a link to her blog with your pictures.
The dark astrantia is ‘Roma’ with ‘Black barlow’ aquilegia. There is one Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ mixed amongst Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ and Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ Ravenswing is a must have in the garden for me as its foliage is dark browny black and deeply divided with umbels of frothy cow parsley like flowers. It is beginning to seed around and I am delighted.
The other umbelifiyer I am enjoying at the moment is Myrrhis odorata or Sweet Cicely. Also resembling Cow Parsley, Cicely has fern like leaves and white flowers scented rather like aniseed.
There are pink fingers of Bisorta officinalis, rather like a persicaria and often referred to as Persicaria bisorta, this is an early flowering persicaria type in marshmallow pink. There is also a sprig of Thalictrum Elin. This is the sprig of tiny dark purple bobbles in the first picture. The bobbles will and are about to open to a colour not unlike the Purple Sensation, and have leaves like an aquilegia.
One final note the jar was for bitter almonds which I understand are the non cyanide containing almonds used for flavouring foods. That’s good then.
Have a good week.
ps. I garden on heavy clay soil which is water logged in areas over Winter ( for those who are interested in such things, like me!)
so do I but it still gives us plenty of gorgeous flowers and it doesn’t dry out as quickly in summer which is a help…love your vase, just beautiful!
Thank you Annette, the clay does hold the water and when it is a dry spell it bakes hard so I know I will be mulching twice a year for years!
Donna@Gardens Eye View said:
I grow several of these darker flowers in clay soil too…they make a gorgeous display in your vase!
Thank you Donna. Great minds….
Me too, but I can’t get astrantias to survive! I love the colours that you’ve put together here and I am a huge fan of thalictrum.
Thank you! The only tip I can give you about astrantia is that they do seem prefer a bit of shade and a damper soil. Perhaps a good thick mulch might help?
Eliza Waters said:
I love the dark astrantia – so beautiful.
Thank you Eliza.
Great posy today, and I love the close in shots, being short-sighted, that’s the way I start to look at flowers in the garden, once I have seen the overall effect! The combinations of dark and light seem to give a baroque feel to this arrangement!
Thank you Noelle I love the idea that I may have created something baroque. My eyesight is beginning to follow suit.
Your borders must be looking good if this is representative of the contents. My newish ‘Roma’ is looking a bit darker this year after barely having even a hint of pink last year, so perhaps it will be as dark as yours next year! I love thalictrums – well, the non-invasive ones that don’t seed around too much – haven’t come across Erin before although I bought a few other varieties at the tail end of last year before my ’embargo’ started. Your umbellifers look most effective. Thanks for sharing
Thank you Cathy. I am pleased with the borders as this is the first year after I planted them. I need to do an update on my blog to show you. Thalictrums are a favourite of mine but perhaps if they show themselves to be promiscuous I may change my mind!
I started with what must have been the native meadow rue which was in my sister’s garden – definitely a mistake, but hopefully I have got rid of it now. But another cultivated one (can’t remember which – a very tall one) seeded itself around so that is out too. Hopefully the new ones are more accommodating in their habits…
yikes, I hope so
And I look forward to seeing the update on your borders!
Marian St.Clair said:
Ravishing! All comes together so nicely. Love the Astrantia…but it doesn’t grow here, of course.
Thank you Marian! That is a word I dont hear very often 🙂
I have Anthriscus envy! I have tried cutting Sambucus Nigra for the dark foliage in a vase, but it always wilts. Liz
Better save you a seedling
I love your Astrantia Dorris. Wish they liked my garden! A lovely colourful vase. 🙂
Thanks Cathy, you may not have astrantia but I have seen you have Many many other beauties