In a Vase on Monday: A playful gathering of flowers

Gathering flowers on a sunny day

At least once a week I now look forward to collecting flowers from the garden and bringing them inside for us to enjoy in our kitchen.  I rarely did this before, because really I love seeing them outside.  But being a part of the Rambling in the Garden’s meme “In a Vase on Monday” has brought about my new weekly activity (read: obsession)!

Japanese Anemone

Japanese Anemone

My ten year old daughter helped me this time.  It would have been quite a collection of colours if I’d picked all the flowers she wanted!  But she was happy enough, instead, to hold the flowers, in a hand held bouquet as we walked through the yard and cut the flowers which I picked out (with her approval, of course).

Potentilla (yellow flower)

Potentilla (yellow flower)

I wish I could say that I had it all planned out in my head beforehand. That was not the case, though. It all started with a large sedum flower with a broken stem.  It would be such a shame to leave that in the garden to die.  So pink became the main colour.

Potentilla with Japanese Anemone (some without their petals)

Potentilla with Japanese Anemone (some without their petals)

My potentilla plant has the sweetest yellow flowers.  I had to have that colour in the arrangement!  I also loved the strange shapes of the Japanese Anemone.  They are so interesting looking before they even bloom as well as well after they bloom!

Mallow in front

Mallow in front with some lady’s mantle to the right (underneath the Sedum)

My mallow plant grew quite tall this summer and was blown over and badly broken. I thought that was the end of it, at least for this season.  But we cut it down to a lower level and sure enough, it is full of all new flowers!  I have not been able to really capture the beautiful colour that it is.  The light, bright green of the lady’s mantle is one of my favourite colours! It is popping up in all sorts of places around the yard!  So I was happy to find some that was still young enough to use.

"wild white plant" in the garden

“wild white plant” in the garden

These lovely white flowers are in my “wild flower garden”.  I don’t know their name, but I’d really like to find out because they are so pretty.

Everything arranged and sitting pretty

Everything arranged and sitting pretty

It all came together fairly quickly and easily. You don’t usually have too much time when a child is involved, anyway! The original vase I was using just wasn’t working for me.  I had too many flowers for it.  So out came this rather large, glass ice container (or white wine cooler/champagne cooler).  I have the marbles on the bottom, as a lot of my stems were too short.

In a Vase on Monday: A Playful gathering of flowers

In a Vase on Monday: A Playful gathering of flowers

I really like starting my week like this!  I hope you do, too.  Stop on over to Rambling in the Garden if you’d like to see some other lovely “In a Vase on Monday” posts! http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com

Have a good week!
Dana

A last look at the garden in April

Bramley Cooking Apple tree

Bramley Cooking Apple tree

Today is the last day in April, and I just wanted to show you some of what has been growing in the garden this spring.  I really think it is picture worthy.  Of course, I might be a little biased. 🙂  The picture above is of our Bramley (cooking) apple tree.  The blossoms are so pretty!  My husband is responsible for pruning the apple trees every winter and I think he’s been doing a nice job.  We moved our other (eating) apple tree this winter, so it doesn’t have as many blossoms just yet.

Bramley cooking apple tree blossom

Bramley cooking apple tree blossom

New to this part of the garden are some supports for peas.  My friend Susan gave me some useful Hazel sticks which my husband used to make tee-pee like structures.  He then wrapped them in chicken wire.  The peas climbed the wire quite happily last year, I just didn’t like how it looked in a straight line. I already like this look much better, even before the peas get going!  The peas were planted this week.

Newly built supports for our peas using hazel and chicken wire.

Newly built supports for our peas using hazel and chicken wire.

Strawberry beds

Strawberry beds

Here’s a little peek at my strawberry beds.  I’ve weeded them a couple of times this spring!  They are coming along really well.  Last year was an amazing year for strawberries. I have my fingers crossed that this summer will be as good!  At the far end of the garden, closest to the red playhouse, we have raspberries growing.  They look good this year.  This is one fruit that has not thrived for us (yet).  This year at least looks promising!

Mallow

Mallow

On to flowers!  This beautiful mallow plant was courtesy of a bird. Well, at least I didn’t plant it.  The color is a lovely plum.  We had to stake it as we live in a very, very windy area.  Nevertheless, it is doing quite well!

Mallow

Mallow

Ditch Wall Garden

Ditch Wall Garden

This garden is affectionately called the “ditch wall garden” as I uncovered a ditch wall while creating this garden.  I wrote about it here: https://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/ivy-ivy-everywhere-finding-a-lovely-little-rock-ditch-wall-under-the-ivy/  .  The current star of the garden is this primrose.  It has really taken off since I planted it last year (given to me from a friend’s garden).

Primrose

Primrose

Also adding to this little garden is this dark euphorbia.  My friend Susan visited me yesterday and she loved the color combination of the euphorbia and my Freeman tulips. 🙂

Freeman tulips and a dark euphorbia

Freeman tulips and a dark euphorbia

I know I’ve already posted about my tulips, but I had to add a few more pictures of them.  They have done so well this spring!

White tulip

White tulip

This white tulip is new to me this year.  I like it, I just didn’t order enough of it!

White tulip close-up

White tulip close-up

I have a tulip correction, too. I mistakenly called my Foxtrot tulips “Innuendo” tulips.  Yikes!  The REAL Innuendo tulips are these:

Proper Innuendo Tulips

Proper Innuendo Tulips

While the Foxtrot tulips are these:

Foxtrot tulips

Foxtrot tulips

How did I mix them up???

My favorites: Ballerina tulips

My favorites: Ballerina tulips

But without a doubt, my favorite tulips this year are my Ballerina tulips.  I have loved every minute of them!  The last flower picture is of some flowers that were in a flower pot from last year.  I did nothing with the container over the winter. It sat at my back door, completely neglected.  So it is funny to be rewarded with these lovely Calendula flowers after so much neglect!

 

Calendula flowers in a flowerpot

Calendula flowers in a flowerpot

April was quite good to us, don’t you think?  I hope your spring is as lovely for you!
Dana