About my garden

Monday 4 May 2020

Flower Crown on Monday

You may or may not know that it's Garden Day UK on 10th May. Generally this is an opportunity to get together with friends and family, wear Flower Crowns and enjoy your garden. 
This year, of course, the getting together bit is going to be tricky but we are still encouraged to make flower crowns and enjoy our gardens. Let's hope the weather is good. This was a weekend of two halves here. Warm and sunny on Saturday and then cold and drizzly on Sunday which took me by surprise. We might have to enjoy our garden through the window. 
Florists are doing tutorials and videos and I'm posting a few pictures on Instagram this week. 

I made this Flower Crown using a birch twig base which was just two twigs bound round each other. Then I added little bunches of flowers and foliage tied on with string. There are many ways to make crowns but this is very easy. 

I hung up the first one I ever made and it dried in situ on the wall. Eventually, after about 2 years, I threw it away when it was really too faded and dusty.  That's why I'm showing this one here as I thought I'd do the same. 

We'll see how it dries, if it's awful it's off to the compost heap.

Obviously I'm expecting everyone to be making crowns next weekend and to be showing them off next Monday. (It doesn't matter if you are in the UK or not!)
Join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what every one else has found to put In a Vase on Monday.

Oh alright, here is a picture of me wearing it

Monday 20 April 2020

Crazy tulips In a Vase on Monday

It seemed a shame not to share these mad Tulips. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I ordered them. 

They are definitely eye catching and the petals are gorgeous and look like satin. 

Some are cream and some are white so I'm not sure if there are two types here or a variation. 
The red and white are 'Estella Rynveld' and the others might be 'Flaming Parrot' but the markings don't look right so that's probably wrong. 


Join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what is going in a vase around the world this Monday. 

Monday 6 April 2020

Rainbow In a Vase on Monday

If you are on social media at all you might have notices rainbows everywhere as well as all the lovely pictures people are displaying in their windows. 
Here is my version of the rainbow with respect for all the NHS workers putting themselves are risk for us. 

I bought this funny little vase over a year ago but have not used it much. It seemed perfect for this idea tho does always look as though it's falling over. 
I was impressed that I was able to find all these colours, some of them are small but it is all coming on in the garden with more coming out each day. 

Included are anemone, wallflower, tulip, narcissus, euphorbia, parsley, vinca, comfrey, hyacinth, aubretia, forget me not and muscari.

It makes me smile every time I see it which is surely the point of why we do this. 
Hoping you are all well and finding plenty to do in your gardens. 

Join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and share your Vase on Monday

Monday 30 March 2020

Yellows In a Vase on Monday

Absolutely no talent needed for this pick and plonk vase. 

The truth is I cut these Narcissus for a funeral arrangement last week to try and get them to open but they did not oblige so I get the pleasure of them. 

The yellow ones are 'Tahiti' from a J Parkers' mix called UK Grown Double Daffodils. They are a little bright but useful for impact. None of the others in the mix are out yet. 

The paler flower is one of many we inherited here so I have no idea what it is. 

I did mean to cut some other things and make a proper arrangement. I still might. I've been making the most of the dry weather to get on top of weeding and moving plants around. 
I hope everyone is well and able to enjoy their gardens. 
Join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday. 

Monday 23 March 2020

Back to nature In a Vase on Monday

Here is a little vase of spring cheerfulness. 

 I used White Tete a Tete which I'd never heard of until I saw them in a catalogue. They are not as jaunty as the yellow ones but very pretty, none the less. 
Also a nameless wallflower, some pussy/goat willow buds, euphorbia and a white hyacinth.
All going together to make a pretty and beautiful smelling vase. 

I left a bucket of willow buds outside and when I passed it was buzzing with  bees. Just what we need to see at this time. Nature carrying on regardless. 

A few weeks ago I decided to buy in some British flowers for Mother's Day as I don't have enough of my own yet for bouquets. Flowering things are small so far. I ordered Tulips, Hyacinth, and scented Narcissus and used foliage from here - hence the willow in the bucket. All from British growers ordered through a hub. 
It was the right decision and I sold it all. It was a smallish order but I could have sold it all twice. Whether that was because people couldn't get together I don't know, but it felt good to be able to deliver bouquets (non-contact, of course) to people isolating in their own homes. 
Here is an idea of what one like:

So now it looks like a good week weatherwise. I'll be staying home except for essential journeys so perhaps I can knock the plot back into shape. First job though is tackling the red mite in the hen house. There are so many things I'd rather be doing!

Stay safe and well and I hope you can enjoy your gardens. Join in with Cathy and In a Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden. 

Monday 24 February 2020

Our favourites In a Vase on Monday

Here is an actual vase of flowers picked from my garden:

The gardeners' favourite Hellebores. Last year I saw these plants on sale at a local budget shop. They looked pretty, I thought, and perhaps more robust than some Hellebores. I patiently waited until the plants were reduced and then bought a couple, as they were not cheap even in the budget shop. 
I've already been rewarded with weeks of flowers and popped a few in a gift posy last week. (The only one I've done so far this year). Now that the seeds are setting, I think it's save to cut a few. 
As usual some close ups:

Will I feel the need to buy more this year when they are in stock?

Thanks to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday over at Rambling in the Garden. 

Monday 17 February 2020

More buds In a Vase on Monday.

I hope everyone in the UK is ok and still standing after the storms. 
We are rather battered and windswept here. No real damage, thankfully and as usual there are people far worse of than us. 
Our plot is on a hill but it was truly like a marsh at the weekend. 

A few more pictures of my Magnolia twigs which I brought in two weeks ago. 
A few buds have opened beautifully. They look pretty for a day or two but don't last and then go brown. I had planned to take a picture of the vase again today but now it's dark so too late. 
A few more buds are swelling up, so I'll pull off the dead flowers. 

I'd meant to take pictures every day but that didn't happen. This last one is about as far as it got before going brown. 
Fun to have something to watch on the kitchen windowsill though. 

Thanks for visiting. I promise something different next week. For more Vases  on Monday visit Cathy ant Rambling in the Garden