Dahlias Chat Noir and Akita cut flowers

In a Vase on Monday – Chat Noir and Akita

Akita is definitely badly behaved, even more so than last year. In the torrential rain this weekend I did find that the flopping upside down flowers provide an exotic rain shelter for bumble bees. By contrast, even after 4 inches of rain last week the Chat Noir Dahlias looked pretty good – just a few spots on some of the petals.

Dahlia Chat Noir Macro

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Asahi tulip cut flowers

Asahi In a Vase on Monday

I wondered if Asahi tulips were named after a beer, for their lovely golden tones, but no. Much more appropriately it’s ‘morning/rising sun’. And they are absolutely stunning seen in the early morning with the sun shining through them, but I was too busy running until the sun was setting, so here they are in the last light of day.

Daffodils and tulips in vase

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tulips angelique asahi camargue

In a Vase on Monday – Tulips!

I was excited to arrive back at the garden and see all of the new tulips out and drifts of Thalia narcissi under the citrus trees. Friends were having a memorial so I made one vase with mostly pale colours: Tulips White Liberstar and Camargue, Freesia Symphony, Iris Apollo, Narcissus Thalia and Early Cheer, Lupins, Scilla, Iceberg Rose, and Hellebore x sternii.

cut flowers memorial

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Flowers on boat, Mekong Delta

In a Vase on Monday – Vietnam

More absent than normal this week, I’m in Vietnam, travelling down the Mekong on a boat. Like Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, this week I’m sharing Other People’s Vases. People here may not have a lot of things, but flowers and bright colours are everywhere – I feel like I’m filling up with colour.

Many of the fishing boats have vases of flowers lashed to a prong at the bow; our guide tells me that these are for the water gods. Chrysanthemums, Marigolds, and Tuberose are popular.

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iris autumn princess in the garden

In a Vase on Monday. – Spring Bulbs and Lambs

Arriving this week I was greeted by lambs on the lawn and the first of the ‘new’ Dutch Iris, “Autumn Princess”. I grabbed my camera to capture both before the lambs and mothers were ushered back into the driveway to make their way back through the fence.

sheep caught in the actsheep leaving reluctantly

The new Tulips are starting to bloom too, with Daydream opening a surprising lemon colour. It seems that the honey and apricot tones I was expecting only develop as the flowers age. Continue reading “In a Vase on Monday. – Spring Bulbs and Lambs”

Spring flowers in a Vase on a chilly Monday

The morning was so sparkling that I stopped for a photo opportunity while loading the car. It was -3 according to the new thermometer – it almost never gets this cold. In the greenhouse the poblano/ancho chillies are still producing. The lambs seemed happy enough – after weeks of rain and wind sunny and cold is probably preferable.

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hellebores and michaelia bubble

In a Vase on Monday – Narcissi and Hellebores

The Early Cheer and Tazetta type Narcissi are starting to flower and the Hellebores are out as well. It’s amazing that they look so fresh and unblemished when the howling gales and hail have torn half the leaves off the lime trees. The Michelia ‘Bubbles’ is covered with sweet scented flowers which are being torn up as they open so I picked a few buds in the hope they might open indoors. (not yet)

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