Samples of the best in flower in my garden this morning: Euphorbias are the catalyst as I experiment with my new set of vases. Test tubes have featured very well in in the IVOM group particularly by Cathy who hosts this meme. This week she has loads of tulips and it is well worth looking at the previous post too.
Last week whilst visiting the Willow and Wet Land Centre where I bought my new white willow basket, I bought these three little sample vases in their carrier in one of little shops on site. They reminded me of those test tubes.
Its the time of year where the lime green of the spurges shine out in the garden. There are very many garden worthy Euphorbias and I have always admired them and grown several over the years. The three which I have growing in the garden at present each have their little vase. All three Euphorbia plants are very different, and not grown primarily for the flowers but for the colour and form of the foliage.
Euphorbia x martinii Ascot Rainbow
The Red polyanthus picks up the red in the eye of the Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow.
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'
With its purple foliage this Euphorbia works well in the border at any time of the year.
The bluebell which is growing profusely is not the native British one but the Bumble bees are not bypassing them. I just need to keep these in check so that they don't spread until I decided whether to ditch them all.
I have had this growing in a clay pot for several years.
A group of plants happier in shade are the Epimediums. Again a group I love to observe. Only one came with me, and I hope it will soon make as interesting a clump as it did in my previous garden where I photographed it with both its lovely flowers but particularly its foliage.
Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum'
Lastly a little sprig of the self-sown Forget me knot. I feature this for my friend Kay...more about that on my post 'Swallowtail' to follow. Kay enjoys reading my IAVOM posts and peeps at others too. She has a fabulous garden and appreciates seeing what is going on in others too.