To properly represent late May blooms in Alabama on this blog, I visited my friend Rachel a couple of weeks ago. She grows daylilies and hydrangeas, which I don’t have in my own yard.
As I made the hour drive from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa, I was worried the weather wasn’t going to cooperate. But after a short storm, the skies cleared for a lovely evening of wine, appetizers and catching up on the patio.
I timed my visit to catch the hydrangeas at their peak. Aren’t they gorgeous? I love how some pink shows through the blue in the blooms below.
The mass a daylilies sweeping along the curve of the patio was an unexpected bonus to my trip. Rachel shared that when they moved in, the daylilies were scattered about the yard. They dug them up and replanted them en masse for a grand statement.
A single bright red-orange lily stands out among the others. This was a gift from Rachel’s late mother-in-law. When they moved, they dug it up and took it with them to their new home.
Next, we headed to the circle garden, which is divided into quadrants. (Roper came along to help.)
There the lilies are divided into groups based on bloom time. This beauty was showing off, raindrops and all.
I hope you enjoyed this visit to Rachel’s garden as much as I did. Please stop by again soon! Tomorrow, I’ll post for In a Vase on Monday from the mountains of Clayton, Georgia.
The guest room smells amazing today thanks to the small vase of gardenias clipped for today’s In a Vase on Monday post.
Frostproof gardenias (Gardenia jasminoides)
I’ve written before about the drought that claimed quite a few of my plants and shrubs in 2016-17. I dragged my feet about replanting shrubs in the largest front bed, but I finally got the job done this year. I opted for a frostproof variety of gardenias, which are full sun and drought tolerant. The bushes started flowering last week, and they smell ever so nice. Gardenias have a heavy, sweet scent, but it’s not overpowering.
Colorwheel, aka Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis)
The colorwheel bloom in last week’s post got a couple of comments, so this time I’m including a photo of new versus old blooms. The palest bloom opened most recently; the others have darkened with age.
“Hot Lips” sage (Salvia x jamensis)
The small white flowers tipped in red are “Hot Lips” sage or saliva. A couple of varieties of perennial salvia are shown in the photo below. I’ve caught a glimpse of a ruby throated hummingbird a few times this spring—apparently they love salvia!
Thanks to Cathy and her blog, Rambling in the Garden, for hosting the IAVOM meme. It’s helped me connect to other garden bloggers and makes blogging much more enjoyable. Be sure to visit her blog and the comments section to see what she and other gardeners around the world have put in a vase on Monday.
Last week, I noticed a few garden bloggers chose fun animal vases for In a Vase on Monday. This week, I follow suit.
This vintage Fitz & Floyd piece is actually a toothbrush holder. As a vase, the holes meant for toothbrush handles function like a flower frog, helping stems stay in place. This is not the first time this estate-sale find has appeared on my blog, but it is its first appearance since I began posting for IAVOM, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
Colorwheel, aka Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis)
The pastel, almost white bloom by the kangaroo face is the very first offering from my Stoke’s Aster this season. This perennial, full-sun plant is native to the Southeastern United States. It earns the nickname Colorwheel from the changing color of its blooms, which begin as the palest pink-purple and age to a deep mauve.
Rounding out the colorwheel: repeat bloomers
The rest of the blooms in this vase have already appeared in various posts this year, and you will probably continue to see them in my vases through the summer.
The spindly brown stems bearing tiny white flowers are heuchera ‘Mocha’ also known as coral bells.
The clusters of small purple flowers are lavender (Lavandula angustiflolia).
With a truly ice-like shimmer, the neon violet flowers are ice plant (Delosperma cooperi).
The violet, cone-shaped clusters are butterfly bush (Buddleja), and speaking of …
The butterfly bush below our kitchen window went from one single bloom last week to full-blast flowering this week. Bring on the butterflies!
More animal vases
Last week, posts from these bloggers inspired my kangaroo creation.
Wild Daffodil, hailing from the other side of the Atlantic on England’s south coast, featured zebra and giraffe vases.
In Florida, the Shrub Queen arranged native wildflowers in a cow vase and introduced us to a sweet real-life pup.
Bonney Lassie, of Washington state, has a fish vase that I adore.
More In a Vase on Monday
Visit Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and gardeners around the world have put in a vase this Monday. Thank you for stopping by!
This week, vibrant new blooms join the spring party and the Carolina snailseed is being super clingy.
Today’s post is part of “In a Vase on Monday,” a weekly meme hosted by Cathy on her blog Rambling in the Garden. Give her a visit to see what she and other gardeners around the world have put in a vase today. But first, here’s what’s in my vase on Monday, May 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria ‘Grandiflora’)
Also known as torch lily, this perennial is another purchase from theBirmingham Botanical Gardens fall plant sale in 2017. This is its first (and only) bloom, so I hope more blooms are on the way. It’s a native of Southern Africa, and from what I read, its blooms are often bi-colored in combinations of yellow, orange and red. I’m not sure if my plant will offer only yellow blooms, or it’s going to surprise me.
Butterfly bush (Buddleja)
We planted a butterfly bush under our kitchen window last year. True to its name, it attracts lots of butterflies. It’s covered in green buds this week, which will soon turn into dark violet-purple blooms. Although not fully bloomed, this one was far enough along to demonstrate its color.
Ice plant (Delosperma cooperi)
I also featured this succulent ground cover in my IAVOM post on April 23. It’s really doing well this year, so you will probably see it in my arrangements throughout the summer. Look how the petals shimmer in the sun.
Carolina snailseed (Cocculus carolinus)
When looking for vase ideas today, I was taken by how these young shoots of Carolina snailseed twisted together to achieve verticality. It reminds me of Jack and the Bean Stalk.
Thanks for dropping by my blog today, and don’t forget to visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for more IAVOM posts.
Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the Carolina snailseed as English ivy (Hedera).