In a Vase on Monday – Ixia Giant Yellow with Columbines and Salvia

There is a wealth of purple at the moment, in fact there is a wealth of flowers in general now, as the days lengthen quickly and the soil is still wet. I considered a completely royal purple vase, with hints of regal gold, but in the end I really wanted to use the lovely giant yellow ixias, and I absolutely love the little red and yellow columbine Aquilegia canadensis.

cut flowers ixia salvia columbine phlomis

Anemone the Bride has been beautiful for weeks, along with the ‘blues’ from the De Caen mix, which are really purple.

anemone the bride with columbine iris and salvia leucantha

The rest of the purples include Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’, leucantha, ‘Black Knight’, nemorosa, officinalis, purpurea, Dutch Iris, Lavender stoechas, ‘Sidonie’ and Scabiosa.

scabiosa with salvia indigo spires and columbine

I included one flower from a purple cabbage, being stingy because I’m growing it for seed. It’s really as pretty as any flower in the garden.

purple cabbage flower cut flower

The Aquilegias include the small burgundy-black ‘William Guiness’, a self sown tall purple and yellow, and a small dark purple columbine with golden stamens which seems to be the most common descendant from the original seed mix.

Ixia Giant Yellow with columbine canadensis and salvia black knight and iris

Oh, and a few perennial wallflowers, still flowering after feeding the bumble bees since last summer. The burford purple penstemons and yellow phlomis didn’t make it into the jar in the end, they were too big and tall and overwhelmed the more delicate flowers, so they are happy now in a vase on their own.

anemone the bride with salvia black knight and columbine canadensisixia salvia iris and columbine cut flowers

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24 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – Ixia Giant Yellow with Columbines and Salvia

  1. Still very pretty and spring like Cath; amazingly my Anemone’ the Bride’ and Mr Fokker are just coming into bloom too and should be with me all winter if I’m lucky; last year they produced so many blooms I was worried they’d flowered themselves to death. I love how you’ve mixed these springtime colours together.

    1. Thank you Christina, we do seem to cross over in Spring and Autumn with similar flowers. Mine are in pots so I’m not sure how I will treat them. Perhaps a summer in the fridge. πŸ™‚

      1. Most bulbs don’t mind a hot summer; they just need a cold period to flower. I think you most likely have enough cold days for them to flower again next year.

  2. Don’t know that ixia – but what a wonderful spring assortment you have, what bounty! Can’t decide which I like the best but it’s good to be reminded of what we in the northern hemisphere can expect in a few months time, although I was amazed to read about Christina’s anemones!

    1. Yes, I’m not sure what will happen with my Anemones next year. I think I will try chilling them. I love the ixias and spraxias. Mine seem to be settling in, this is their second year.

  3. smallsunnygarden

    What a lovely combination with a wonderful sense of overflowing springtime! I’m especially admiring your aquilegias; my two desert species have not fared well, and it’s partly due to rabbits… The cabbage flowers are perfect πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I will have to think over that idea about Spring flowers feeling more energetic. Perhaps there is a greater range of colour and texture in Spring, and more delicate flowers?

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