Despite very mixed weather, mostly freezing cold old but dry, I've been doing an awful lot of gardening and not much flower gathering, which is why I've missed several weeks of Cathy's In A Vase On Monday. However, as it's May Day, and our early flowering clematis are looking especially bonnie right now, I've taken time out to pick a few blossoms from C. macropetela Broughton Bride today.
I was interested in the name Broughton Bride. Bride is fairly obvious from the appearance of the flowers but Broughton, apart from being alliterative, was not so obvious. So I did a bit of online research and discovered that this clematis was bred by the late Vince Denny in 1990 and was named by him in 1998 after the village in which he and his wife Sylvia lived. So nothing to do with Broughton in Edinburgh, an area near where I grew up, as I was fondly imagining.
They've been teamed up with a few blue winter windflowers, anemone blanda, The whole 'arrangement' fitted very nicely into a crystal sherry glass and looked very bridal placed on the antique cut work embroidered cloth.
Here's one of our C. Broughton Bride growing together with C. montana Pink Perfection ... a simply perfect combination.
I'm so enjoying my spring garden which is throwing up so many surprises, almost on a daily basis. (Those surprises are mainly because I forget what I've planted and where.) Here's one discovered down in the woodland area just this morning.
Real English bluebells, hyacinthoides non-scripta.
And this is another. Sweet Rocker, hesperis matronalis, grown from seed two years ago and not expected to come again. It appears to have naturalised at the entrance to the woodland area - the perfect spot for it.
Now, if I could only get on top of the weeding, particularly the ground elder, all would be perfect in my slightly wild garden. I'm planning to plant another rambling rose in the back garden and a climber in the front this coming week. We can never have too many roses. There's also dahlia tubers being cosseted in the cold frame together with some over wintered geraniums. The dahlias are a bit of an experiment. I've not grown them from tuber before but I'm encouraged by Cathy's successes last year. Hopefully I will have as many gorgeous blooms as she has had in previous years to put in vases later on in the year.
Discover more about Cathy's garden and find out what others are picking and popping in a vase today over at Rambling In The Garden,