About my garden

Monday, 2 January 2017

In a vase on Monday - green shoots and withered apples.

Welcome to 2017 and Happy New Year. The first day of the year was pouring rain all day and so miserable I didn't even want to venture out. Today is much better, dry and sunny but a very cold wind. The frost hasn't really melted all day. 

It's slim pickings here in the garden as far as flowers go just now but there are buds and shoots coming!

A few weeks ago - maybe a month - I picked this branch of crab apple to go on the kitchen windowsill. The window frames it very well. 

It's been there ever since but last week my son noticed that it is shooting. The little apples are very withered but look at the buds on the end...

So now we'll be leaving it to see how far it goes on developing. I love how things are determined to grow.

A few beacons of hope in the garden:

I'm not sure if this Hellebore is named, I think probably not. I must look through my labels. Organising them and listing  is a job I have planned for a cold wet day.

I'm so excited to have this Lonicera fragrantissima. I've never had one before. It's planted under my bedroom window and already putting on good growth. The fragrance is heaven.
Finally a new moon for a new year. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017. 

 For colourful and inventive vases from around the world visit Cathy - In a Vase on Monday at  Rambling in the Garden.


  1. How amazing to see your crab apple 'stick' coming into leaf! Nature really is amazing :)Glad you are enjoying your lonicera too - now that DOES have a fragrance, as you are finding out, and outside your bedroom window too! Mine are still just in bud

  2. I put it there on purpose and look forward to it rambling all around.

  3. What a nice little miracle it is to find that stick producing buds! I can't think of a more auspicious sign for the new year. I hope yours delivers good health and happiness, Alison!

  4. Love your photographs. The apples are perfectly framed, I wonder if you will get flowers or leaves? Happy New Year!

  5. Love the photos of the crabapple. Beautiful dark-colored hellebore.

  6. Hi Alison, thanks for your nice comment on my blog. Of course, I had to come over now and see what you are up to ;-)!
    I was pleased to see that you are also participating in Cathy's "In a Vase on Monday" meme.
    Love your crab apple branch in the pretty white pitcher framed by the window.
    It is surprising to me though that the branch started to flower. As you said already the will power to live of plants is often amazing.
    Love the dark purple hellebores bloom, whatever the name of the plant is. Hope you find the label though.
    Best wishes for the new year!

  7. I'm a great lover of simplicity and like this vase a lot, perfect for the season and nicely framed by the window and garden scene. Best wishes for 2017 and keep warm, Annette


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