Monday, 13 April 2015

In A Vase on Monday - Oranges and Lemons

Hello Everyone,

Monday is the day Cathy at Rambling in the garden asks us to share a vase of flowers picked from our own gardens - a task I'm very happy to perform. However, I did have to nip out between those April showers to make my selection to plonk in today's vase.
Still not exactly spoilt for choice but there's more to choose from than there has been over the first few months of the year. Spotted the pretty daffodils growing in one of the huge pots my husband has planted with spring bulbs (he never keeps labels so I've no idea what they are called) and whipped a few - there are so many he'll never notice!
In the interest of fairness, I sacrificed one of my treasured Sunlover Tulips - it's going to be a stunner when fully open! The splashes of orange can just be seen hiding in the yellow and those green tinged outer petals are delightful.

Just a week or two after Cathy suggested that I could probably find Caithness glass vases in charity shops I discovered this pretty little blue one in a DEBRA shop on a visit to Castle Douglas - how lucky is that! I now have a collection of two :)

I couldn't resist a few sprigs of our newly planted shrub, Forsythia Weekend 'Courtalyn'. It's replaced an old berberis, inherited with the garden, that was so thorny it made it impossible for me to weed out the ground elder that grew behind and the blackberry (bramble) that wound it's way through it. There's three very beautiful berberis still growing in other parts of the garden so I don't feel guilty about the removal of this one.

The foliage at the base of the 'arrangement' is from two pretty aquilegias, one white and the other pink, that have been in a pot for years ... I fear that if I transplanted them into the borders they wouldn't survive.

Garden update ... more on the new forsythia.

Forsythia Weekend 'Courtalyn', aka Golden Bells Weekend, is, I'm told, ideal for smaller gardens and, though the flowers are a much less brash shade of golden yellow than other forsythias, it will still create a striking harbinger of spring ... just what that border needs.

And finally:
My husbands trailing violas, and one sneaked in geranium, in his homemade pot holder, an idea he first spotted on a cottage in Cornwall.

Happy Gardening,


Unknown said...

Such a bright and cheerful mix! I especially love the forsynthia, probably because it is so foreign to me and likely would be able to stand the Texas drought and heat. So, I'll just admire it virtually through the lovely arrangements you share.

scrappymo! said...

So pretty! We do not have any bulbs yet...and I am itching to plant them in the me a burst of Spring bulbs.
Yours look fabulous...I will google that tulip to see what it is like when open!

The vase is lovely too!

Jackie said...

Orange and yellow go so well together, what a lovely little arrangement :o)
Jackie xx

Anonymous said...

Ahah - that was the colourway of the one I tried but it was a different shape! I really like the use of aquilegia leaves and from a previous vase I know they last well - and of course are available in the garden for a very long time! The foliage is just the right shade to balance the daffs and forsythia and I can see I am going to have to investigate 'different' forsythias as they have looked gorgeous in people's vases recently. Thanks for sharing - oh, and great pot holding idea!

chloris said...

Lovely colours of Spring. The fat tulip bud is intriguing, I don't know this one. I must look it up. I like your pots of violas.