In a Vase on Monday. A Walk on the Wild Side.

We have enjoyed watching the changing seasons whilst we have walked round our lanes, fields and woods during lockdown. In April we enjoyed the bluebells.

In May, the meadows were spangled with gleaming yellow buttercups.

And the lanes were lined with the froth of cow parsley.

And now we have ox -eye daises and poppies.

And in the hedgerows there are wild roses and honeysuckle.

So my vase today takes its inspiration from our walk. I don’t pick wild flowers of course, but I did pick some wild oats from the verge. The foxgloves, ox -eye daises, poppies, honeysuckle, elder flowers and roses were from my own garden. The ox-eye daisies, Leucanthemum vulgare are pretty, but horribly invasive and I am always grubbing them out.

The foxgloves put themselves in this corner. Behind them you can see the elder.

Digitalis purpurea

I don’t have wild honeysuckle in the garden but this gorgeous Lonicera periclymenun ‘Scentsation’ is a particularly fragrant substitute.

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Scentsation’

And instead of the wild rose I have used a lovely, single rambling rose called ‘Francis. E. Lester’ It is deliciously fragrant too.

Rosa ”Francis.E.Lester’

I bought my jug when we went to the delightfully quirky Port Meirion. I wonder when we will ever be able to go there again.

But never mind we are lucky to live in a pretty part of rural Suffolk.


Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts this meme and this week she seems to be in a celebratory mood, do pop over and see and you will find what other people have found in their June gardens for a vase this week.

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29 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. A Walk on the Wild Side.

  1. Jo Shafer says:

    Your post makes me wish we could move to Suffolk! My herb garden used to feature a lush honeysuckle climbing a wall and rambling over the bench arbor. Alas, it had to be torn down for the house painters last fall. Even the roots! Now, against that wall, I have planted summer vegetables, instead — yellow summer squash to trail up one side of the arbor, cucumbers up the other side. But I shall miss honeysuckle’s honey fragrance.

  2. Heyjude says:

    A very lovely vase of not quite wild flowers 🙂

  3. I love your walk through the meadows. It is just how I imagine England.

  4. Kris Peterson says:

    Your local scenery is incredible, Chloris. Vistas like yours are almost inconceivable to me – and the idea of having foxgloves blooming by the dozens like that are as well.

    • Chloris says:

      It is pretty round here in Suffolk, we have so many lanes with very littlle traffic so we do a lot of cycling as well as walking. Foxgloves move round the garden and put themselves where they want, I never plant them.

  5. Cathy says:

    Watching the progress of the countryside has been one of the joys of lockdown. and I have seen views like all of these on our walks too – except the buttercups. Your recreation of the countryside ina vase is really imaginative and works so well – thanks for sharing it with us, Chloris

  6. That’s my kind of vase! I love it all, but especially the wild oats and named rose. Completely glorious!

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Honeysuckle is so excellent for fragrance. ‘Hall’s’ Japanese honeysuckle is most common honeysuckle here (relative to the rarer types). I am not familiar with yours. Unfortunately, the honeysuckles that I initially would like to grow lack fragrance, which makes me not want to bother with them. ‘Peaches and Cream’ at work is sort of disappointing. The flowers are not very colorful, so without much fragrance, it is not something I would have planted. It is nice that you have a fragrant honeysuckle for cutting.

    • Chloris says:

      Our native honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum which runs alongs the hedgerows here is as pretty as any fancy new cultivars.

      • tonytomeo says:

        A good honeysuckle should be. I just coincidentally pulled up a bunch of our native honeysuckle today. I like it because it is honeysuckle, but otherwise, I am not impressed.

  8. M.B. Henry says:

    Beautiful – I’d love to take a walk around there

  9. Beth says:

    What a beautiful walk, and the bouquet you created to remember it is lovely. And thanks for sharing about Port Meirion, which I had never heard of before.

    • Chloris says:

      Port Meirion is quirky and delightful. The cult 60s tv series The Prisoner was filmed here with Patrick Mcgoohan starring and directing. It is completely bonkers but enormous fun.

  10. Looks lovely Cathy. I feel hay fever coming on just looking at those fields. Is that rambler a good doer? I want to choose one simple flowered climber or rambler for the back of the border so hard to choose. would you recommend it? best wishes, Julie

    • Chloris says:

      I had to put the flowers outside, the oats dropped pollen all overthe table. Yes, I would reccomend Francis E Lester if you like single flowers.

  11. Cathy says:

    You do have some pretty countryside around you Chloris. And your vase is glorious – all those early summer flowers look wonderful in a vase.

  12. So lovely. I am very fond of ox-eye’s as well, but they do take advantage of any goodwill shown! Your interpretation is a wild bunch is spot on. 🙂

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Sensational views. Your vase recreates the mood so lovingly. Foxgloves have never been so thoughtful in my garden as to even stay around, much less move around to form such a great vignette. Take care.

  14. snowbird says:

    Goodness! What gorgeous scenery, what delights you are treated to each month! Your vase echoes the beautiful countryside, simply

  15. I love those open fields with their seasons of wildflowers. We have to drive many miles to find something comparable – or visit the Lurie Garden, which can have the feel of an especially vibrant wildflower meadow.

  16. bittster says:

    What a beautiful landscape, and it’s great to see you able to enjoy it. Here people have complained about being cooped up but I wonder if they even tried to take a walk along their own street or found a path to follow. There’s always something interesting to see.
    Oxeye daisies are not too invasive for my garden. I don’t think that says much for my garden!

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