In A Vase On Monday—May Night In April

Salvia × sylvestris 'May Night' (Meadow sage

Salvia × sylvestris ‘May Night’ (Meadow sage)

I am joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to create a floral arrangement from materials gathered in one’s own garden. Last week I included the first small flowering stem of Salvia × sylvestris ‘May Night’ (Meadow sage) in my Monday vase. Mainacht is back again this week.

Coming fully into bloom this week, ‘May Night’ is coloring the front edge of the south-facing border with dark bluish-purple flower spikes. This perennial loves sun, is deer and drought-tolerant and adjusts to a variety of soil types. It is supposed to bloom all summer with proper deadheading, but in my garden it looks its best during late April-May, then blooms again in September. Some may not enjoy the slightly strong scent indoors, but when cut for arrangements the flowers last for a week or more.

This week the vase is the real star, a delightful gift from my two younger sisters last Easter weekend. This two-toned glazed piece was handmade by a potter in Seagrove, NC, a famous community of potters whose tradition predates the American Revolution. My sisters said they spotted this vase in a shop and thought it might come in handy in light of the weekly Monday vase-themed posts (and it certainly has).

In A Vase On Monday

The blue cookie jar seems a perfect companion accessory for this week’s vase. It belonged to our mother and has held many a homemade oatmeal-raisin cookie through the years (though never for long).

May Night With Mama's Cookie Jar

May Night With Mama’s Cookie Jar

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

33 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—May Night In April

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      This salvia is nice because it doesn’t spread too much like others I have. In fact I wish it would spread more. The color works well in my garden.

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  1. Julie

    This is a lovely story and connection to your family, what thoughtful sisters you have. My Salvias are nowhere near as advanced as yours, a few more weeks yet.

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  2. Cathy

    As the others have said, everything is lovely, including your thoughtful sisters! I wonder if that salvia is available in the UK? And what a useful shape the vase is! Thanks so much for joining in Susie

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I read it is popular across Europe and was heavily marketed here as Perennial of the Year around 1997, so then became used often in US gardens. Also known as Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’.

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  3. Julie

    Your salvia is beautiful – that blue is one of my favourite summer colours. I have that salvia in my garden (Crocus supply it), but it will be a few weeks yet before I can enjoy its flowers. I have never used it in the house, but will now having seen your vase. I love the stories around the flowers – I could really eat one of those cookies right now!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Julie. That color is versatile in the garden. Do you mean your crocus will not bloom for several more weeks? Wish I could share cookies with everyone today!

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  4. Kris P

    I’m impressed by the perfection of the Salvia. I have ‘Mystic Spires’ blooming in my garden, which has the same brilliant blue color but, by comparison to ‘May Night,’ the blooms look scruffy.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Kris, I looked up your Mystic Spires and it looks pretty too. These first fresh flowers of the season always look the best to me. Maybe you can give May Night a try–I’ve been very pleased with it.

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  5. Stephi

    Beautiful as always. I’m never very happy with my Salvia in the summer garden, so maybe I need to cut it and enjoy it in the house. Love the vase. We’re going to be doing some driving around the south this summer on college tours. Maybe Seagrove will be on the route!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Stephi. I’ve grown some unruly Salvia that spread too much. This one is well-behaved and it is long-lasting indoors. Good luck on the college tours. You might enjoy Duke Gardens in Durham and the NC Botanical Garden also.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I looked up your Salvia viridis and see it is an annual. Looks very pretty. I admire your patience in growing from seeds. Thanks for commenting today.

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  6. Annette

    How nice, Susie! And you’ve certainly caught up big time as my Salvias aren’t flowering yet. Is it very warm now? Have a great week 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Annette. We’ve had some warm, dare I say even hot days, though it’s cooler again this week. This must be an early blooming salvia because I have a couple of others that don’t bloom until later. Hope you’re enjoying your gardening. susie

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