Spring bulbs and Scabiosa in a vase on Monday

Scabiosa ‘Black Night’ is another summer flower which put on a growth spurt during the extra warm winter weather in June. Luckily it’s in a dryish sunny bed close to the house, so was sheltered from the frosts and cold rain which July has brought. I love this flower, and Penstemon ‘Raven’, which is growing in the same bed, along with Osteospermum ‘Buttermilk’ which is making a fairly unenthusiastic attempt at flowering. Crepuscule roses farther from the house are covered with drooping buds.

The first of the Dutch Iris has bloomed, and a dill is blooming in a well drained bed. Narcissi of all types are blooming in most places and smelling sweet.

It’s interesting to see that vases from all around the world today have calendulas – this one is a self sown one from an original sowing of ‘Snow Princess’. Osteospermum Buttermilk looks a bit the same in this photo, but it has the darker coloured back of the petals and a darker center which isn’t showing.

It’s another cold and rainy day today, and while I am shivering, it’s comforting to see Cathy’s Sizzling Vase and other hot weather flowers at Rambling in the Garden.

3 thoughts on “Spring bulbs and Scabiosa in a vase on Monday

    1. Thanks Cathy! I think things are changing due to climate change, but it’s hard to compare as we have gradually improved the soil and provided shelter, and the weeds are a bit more under control. 🙂

  1. Yes your more temperate winters provide some interesting flowers! I am envious of your scabious as mine are SO late in flowering this year (and sadly I grew a different variety to my usual Black Night/Knight…🙄) The calendula and dill make a great job of picking out the yellow from the iris and narcissi and I love the overall shape and airiness of your vase

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