In a vase on Monday: roses


Not an arrangement for the ages, but I did manage this morning to hobble out into the backyard and cut these roses (re: foot surgery), so it represents progress.

The vase is from Gatagara Pottery in Rwanda. The “accessories” are some of my used Mono-Embolex syringes, which, strangely, I find appealing as design.*

The big yellow and pink blooms are giving this end of the dining room a nice rosy smell.

To see what other bloggers have put in a vase today, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She hosts this Monday meme.


*Also, I’m not sure how to throw them away — garbage/recycling sorting is a very serious business here in Germany. I still have a collection from my last operation.

In a vase on Monday: peonies

For each of the last two springs in this house, the peony plant in the back yard has given me exactly one bloom. This week, there were eight — all but two opening fully on the same day. Their stems are very curved from being knocked over earlier in the month by a late snow and then rain and wind.  Next year, I will try to remember to rig up some sort of support before they emerge.

The blooms look red, but they’re actually a very dark pink, and they have a nice light scent. I arranged them with some wild pink geranium that comes up along the back fence (maybe G. palustre?) and some sweet woodruff. The Westerwald salt-glazed pottery pitcher is from this Saturday’s flea market.

To see what other bloggers have put in a vase today, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She hosts this Monday meme.

In a vase on Monday: red, yellow, orange

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Supermarket tulips, sweet woodruff, and some other little weed wildflower from behind our fence, as well as golden spirea leaves from the flower bed.

To see what other gardeners have put in a vase today, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She hosts this Monday meme.

Happy May Day!

GB Bloom Day in April

I went over to the University of Hohenheim’s Spielhaus garden for the first time in months yesterday to see what was blooming in mid April.  The cherry trees that were so amazing this time last year had finished and the magnolias were also winding down.  The perennial beds were still pretty subdued, except for this very nice bit just below the terrace and wisteria arbor.

I thought this combination was great: Tulipa clusiana ‘Tubergen’s Gem’ and yellow Aurinia saxatilis ‘Compactum’. The little weeping tree above them is Sophora japonica ‘Pendula’.

The Spielhaus (play house) was built in the 1780s for Grand Duke Carl Eugen von Württemberg and Franziska von Hohenheim, his mistress and then morganatic wife. It originally only had one floor and was one of about 60 folly-type structures in their “English garden” of Hohenheim Palace.

In another part of the Spielhaus garden, these small tulips were really sweet.

I loved these Tulipa clusiana var. clusiana.

I also loved the Tulipa sylvestris, although I didn’t take a very good picture of them.

I like the way they all turn in more or less the same direction.

To see the mid-April flowers of other garden bloggers, please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

In a vase on Monday: the mermaid


I got up this morning determined to make an arrangement for this cute little Majolica-style vase that I bought at the Saturday flea market. I found these flowers growing in the grass and along the fence in the backyard.


They include primroses, wood anemones, sweet woodruff, and a tulip.

By the time I had everything assembled, I had lost the good morning light inside.  So I spent some time wandering around the house looking for a bright place to take pictures.  At one point I was in the linen closet.  By 2:00 p.m., I was back in the living room with one-half of the curtains pulled back.


The vase is about 8″ (20 cm.) tall.  I say “Majolica-style” because after an hour (or two) on the internet I was no closer to figuring out if it is real or fake.  It cost only €8, so I suspect the latter.


I does seem to have some age, so maybe it’s at least an old fake.


I love the mermaid or siren handle.

She needs tiny pasties.


If anyone reading knows anything about Majolica pottery, I would love to have your opinion.

To see what other garden bloggers have put in vases today, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She hosts this Monday meme.