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Monday, 11 June 2018

Foxgloves In a Vase on Monday

I wanted to use some foxgloves in a vase and had chosen the one I thought they work in. They didn't. The just flopped about and hung face down which is no good for a foxglove. 
Instead I held the bunch in my hand and added everything in then popped it in this tight necked vase so nothing can move. 


I'm pleased with it really, it looks like a  meadow though foxgloves are not really meadow flowers. Also included are Linaria in pink and purple. I'm sure I only had purple last year but perhaps I've mis-remembered. 
On a visit to a local village open gardens yesterday we saw peach Linaria. I'll definitely be having them next year. (Hands up who else is already making next years seed list.)
I've also used Feverfew, Hordeum jubatum - foxtail barley, Coriander flowers - a tip from Kris P. My plants always go to seed so are not much use in the kitchen but are very pretty. 
As usual I'm joining in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a vase on Monday. 

Monday, 4 June 2018

Romance In a Vase on Monday

One of the things I did on my flower arranging course was a 'Constance Spry' vase. I was led to believe that the vases were hard to come by now and much sought after. Since then I have bought 4 in charity shops and my Best Beloved bought one at a car boot sale for £1 when he could, quite justifiably, have said 'she has enough vases already' and left it there. He may be thinking again since I took the polish off his favourite table by over watering!

Clearly they are not rare round here or no-one is aware of their value. Total cost about £12. I'm sure none of these are collectors items. Here they are:



Some are quite hefty (the largest is about 40cm across) and I do need a new vase shelf or cupboard now!

And the one I've used today: 


Can you get more romantic than honeysuckle and roses? This vase is a lovely aqua colour and probably the most elegant of my new collection.

I used some wire mesh in the bottom to hold things in place and put in:
Artemisa 'Powis Castle'
Eleagnis 'Quicksilver'
Honeysuckle
Nameless white flower
Rose 'Macmillan Nurse' and nameless pink

Expect to see these again as I practice arranging in them. 
For interesting and usual vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the garden for In a vase on Monday. 


Monday, 21 May 2018

In my Granny's tea cup on Monday

I've made a tiny arrangement today inspired by something I saw in a shop window. A great idea for centrepieces or perhaps just if you have a small table or shelf and tea sets are right back in fashion. The water does disappear quickly so needs regular topping up. 


I think a few slightly larger flowers would have made a good contrast perhaps all the flowers are too similar in size. The grass gives a lovely movement though. 
This tea set belonged to my Granny. She bought it to use when people visited. I always loved her everyday set which was white with spots. My mother now has Granny's wedding china which is white and gold. It's very special and NOT ONE PIECE IS BROKEN. I think the wedding was in the 1920s. I am too scared to touch that.

I used lots of small things in the teacup which I don't have time to list but do ask if you'd like details 

I'm joining in with Cathy for In a Vase on Monday as usual. Creative and inspiring vases are shared every week. 

Monday, 14 May 2018

All is revealed! In a Vase on Monday

Hi Everyone, 
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I recently took a floristry course and hinted that there was a reason for doing it. 
I can now reveal that the reason is that I'm creating a Flower Farm!
I've been given the opportunity to do something different and this is what I really, really want to do. It combines several of my interests and passions and I have the space to do it right here. I'm starting small this year as a bit of trial but hope to be digging up more grass next year. I'm hoping to build up a customer base of florists and flower lovers as well as selling bouquets direct. 
I've been working on my website www.floralacre.co.uk and have had to embrace social media. I've always kept away from them, and I was right they do take up a lot of time. 
You'll fine me in Facebook and Instagram. If anyone knows CSS code please let me know as I need a little help with a small change. 

I've collecting photographs of my own flowers and I made this bouquet with the lilac which has just come out. 



Perhaps a little bit messy but it does have a country garden feel.  Also starring are:
Some kind of Viburnum
Anthriscus 'Ravenswing'
Aqualegia
Centaurea 
Clematis montana


Thank you all for your comments and encouragement on my efforts on Mondays. It's much appreciated and I've learnt plenty. I'm hoping to go on blogging but am currently finding there are not enough hours in the day. This spring has been particularly hectic for various reasons but I am hopeful that next month will be easier. 
IAVOM has been one of many contributing factors in this decision. Thanks as usual to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday and inspiring us to be creative. 

Monday, 7 May 2018

Good enough to eat In a Vase on Monday

Well who would have guessed we'd get a blisteringly hot Bank Holiday in the UK. Not me. Perfect for lots of garden work and some relaxing. 
This week I've chosen tulips again for my vase as they are really the only large flowers currently blooming. I think this one is 'Greenland'.
This vase is a recent find in our local  house clearance warehouse. We discovered the place last year and it is a real treat to rummage through. Can you believe I dithered over this urn shaped vase (at £2)? But really you can't buy every vase, this is a good addition to my collection though being tall and having a narrow neck. 



Also in the vase is Raspberry foliage. It's possible to have a forest of this if you haven't been vigilant about pruning, tying up and weeding. The prickles are very soft yet though so not hard to work with. 
Wallflowers again, sorry Cathy, pale yellow annual ones and some flower of my perennial one. I've mislaid the name but the colours tone beautifully with the tulips. 
Finally a few flowers of pale Corydalis. They tend to drop petals quickly but I think if you cut it early when the flowers are just opening, it will last a few days. 


As my raspberries are  in the shade this afternoon, this is the perfect day for a tidy up. Better late than never though I might need a machete to fight my way in. 
Join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and see what you can find to put In a Vase On Monday. If you are in the UK do enjoy the holiday. 

Monday, 30 April 2018

Pink confection In a Vase on Monday

Our weather roller coaster continues. Last week I was rummaging for summer tops but this week they are back in the wardrobe and it's cold! I had to come back in for a hat yesterday and I really don't like hats and only wear them when absolutely necessary. I looked like a Weeble, I was wearing so many layers. 
On the plus side the damp weather is good for the plants I've put out. Nothing tender but lots of shrubs, herbs and perennials. It means I don't need to worry about watering them for now. 
Also the garden is burgeoning. The brief spell of warm weather and all the rain has done wonders and all the trees look fantastic in their new leaves. 
Again it is possible to pick a large bunch to bring in without picking every flower. I don't often pick tulips as I like them in the garden but I have quite a few this year so I could spare some Angelique. Actually, you only need a few tulips for huge impact. 



I have a large Antrhiscus 'Ravenswing' growing in my poly tunnel. I should have moved it sooner but now it is very large and about to flower so I collected a few of the gorgeous dark leaves to see how they do in a vase. I think they tone down the pink a little. 
I'm also trying some Symphoriocarpus foliage to see how that lasts. I have quite a lot in a hedge.

Some white honesty flowers and dark wallflowers complete the vase. 
Do visit Cathy at Rambling in the garden for plenty of interesting and intriguing Vases on Monday. 

Monday, 23 April 2018

In defence of wallflowers In a Vase on Monday

I agree with Cathy that wallflowers can be difficult. They are messy plants and sometimes the colours are dreadful. However, I do usually grow some from seed. This year half are in my cutting patch and some are in a border. The seed was a mix of colours and I think in future I'll seek out one colour or colour blends. 

 Here I've used a dark red and pale lemon yellow wallflower with whitebells, Ballerina tulips and Spirea and Wigela foliage. 




My exciting news is that I have been on a floristry course for the past two weeks. One of the many things I learnt was how to make a proper hand tied bouquet. You can see the spiral here. 

This is one reason I have not been much in evidence for the last few weeks, I found it difficult to keep all the plates spinning. I hope to reveal the reason for doing the course in the next few weeks. As if one needed a reason to be surrounded by beautiful flowers every day! Hopefully I'll get time to post some of my creations. 


Here are the wallflowers and tulips. I'm less keen on the bright yellow and orange. 

I saved this plant from last year as it's so pretty but the plant does not look great. 
As usual I'm joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday