Monday, July 8, 2019

In a Vase on Monday: Summer at its Best

I haven't taken the time to pick and arrange bouquets in a few weeks, but now with the Peonies and Irises and Sweet Williams and so many other favorites in full bloom, who could resist? 😊 This was actually "in a vase on Friday", but is still beautiful now and I'm thankful that the Bengals haven't tipped it over yet! 😁


I now have 4 peony bushes blooming, including this one which bloomed for the first time last summer, and has several more flowers this year! I don't know what it is called, though. 


'Sarah Bernhardt' is always such a delight, with huge soft billowy flowers that weight down the stems to the ground (her one fault)!


My Lovage shocked me by growing over 7 feet tall...I had no idea it was going to get that big! 😁 It's a pretty plant though and even the flowers have a very distinct celery smell...


Valerian is perfuming the entire yard. I've said it many times, but I simply adore this herb! 


It also can get very tall!


Buckwheat continues to sow itself in my seed garden but I don't really mind as the flowers are so pretty!


And who doesn't love Sweet William?


Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM each week! Don't forget to check her blog to see all the beautiful flower arrangements from around the world!

16 comments:

  1. The peonies are are so pretty and blowsy - I spent some time at a peony display at the Hampton Court Flower Show, sniffing them... And your additions are making me think Of what herbs would be worth growing for their decorative value, so thank you for that too, Joanna

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    1. Oh yes many herbs are quite pretty as well as useful. My favorite of all my gardens right now is the herb garden. :)

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  2. A fragrant and very feminine early summer arrangement...together with good plant descriptions. I agree with you that Valerian has the most wonderful perfume. I had in my last garden, but we have different conditions here and less space, so I shall enjoy your photograph instead. Have a good week.

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    1. Thank you Noelle. :) Another name for Valerian is Garden Heliotrope and it really does smell wonderful enough to be compared to the real Heliotrope!

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  3. Oh, that is beautiful. Frilly and frothy and full of summer colour.

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  4. Oh, this is esp. lovely, Joanna! Lots of favorites, what is not to love? My peonies are done, so it is vicariously that I'll continue to enjoy yours. :) With the heat this past weekend, everything is growing like crazy (and going by, but with new things coming on board every day).
    Glad the kitties are growing up into less curious beings. ;) I've been lucky so far this summer with vases, but I'm not convinced Bunny won't topple one in the future. I love to use grass seed heads for accents, but those are quite irresistible to her.

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    1. One of the few faults I find with peonies is that they don't last long enough. Thankfully we haven't had much rain since they opened, which helps. I was beginning to believe that it was a law of nature that there must be at least one heavy downpour when the peonies are in bloom! :D
      The kitties really aren't any less curious, but we have finally reached an understanding with them that they are not allowed on the kitchen table, so that has been a fairly safe place to keep flowers. I can imagine that grass seedheads would be absolutely irresistible to my Nastya too. ;)

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  5. Lovely combination of colours and I adore the peonies. I have a lovage patch that is up to 8ft or so and is absolutely covered in hoverflies. - Allison

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    1. Thanks Allison! :) Wow, Lovage is quite a giant...I had no idea what I was getting into, but I do love it!

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  6. It's a beautiful composition, Joanna. Those blue Iris are heavenly and of course I love those fluffy peonies, flowers I can only get by buying them in bud at a local market. I think you've also just about convinced me to add some buckwheat to my garden too.

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    1. Thank you Kris. :) The irises were a gift from our neighbor's garden several years ago and they have about tripled since then. They smell nice too, like grape cool-aid.
      I planted buckwheat as a cover crop a few years ago and didn't get it all tilled in before it set seed, so it has been popping up around the garden ever since. It is a very pretty flower though. :)

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  7. Love your peonies! Can't grow them here. Have you noticed any rats since you planted Valerian? They say rats love the smell as well as cats. I would like to grow some but I presently don't have any cats. Amazing how spectacular your garden looks after such harsh winters. It's a shame you have such a short growing season. Always love your pics.

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    1. No I haven't seen any rats, but I know it is suspected that the Pied Piper of Hamlin had some Valerian secreted on his person and that was the real reason they followed him! :D I haven't tried it on the kitties yet...guess I should!
      Yes, the summer just seems to slip by so fast...already the goldenrod is looking about ready to bloom and I'm thinking it was just a few weeks ago that I still had tulips! What happened?! :D

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  8. I have never seen buckwheat in a garden. My grandmother used to cook it in various dishes and I learned to love it as a child. She called it kasha. My favorite dish was kasha varnishka, which is cooked with chicken broth, noodles, and onions. Who knew it was also such a pretty plant? Not me.

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    1. Buckwheat is used as a cover crop which is what I planted it for. It self-seeds very readily so I've had it ever since. The flowers are very pretty although the plant itself might be considered a bit weedy.
      Up here buckwheat ployes are pretty popular. They're basically pancakes made with buckwheat flour, and are a traditional French Acadian food.

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