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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


Monday, 10 February 2020

Catkins and update In a Vase on Monday.

Morning everyone, I hope you are all still standing. If you are not in the UK we have been battered by Storm Ciara with strong winds and heavy rain. Mostly ok here I think, but marsh like again. I did enjoy the dry days we had last week. 

Here is a quick update on the Magnolia 'Stellata' buds in my vase last week. 



Some of the buds are definitely fattening up and showing a bit of white. How exciting! I wonder what else I can bring in. 

Today I have a few Catkins in a vase. I cut these last week so did not have to brave the storm. Yesterday was a dreadful day but meant I caught up with lots of indoor jobs. Today is not much better. 
Last week I was down on my hands and knees and really enjoyed seeing new growth and new life appearing all around. Hope for more colourful vases soon. 




You can see my Lonicera fragrantissima flowering away outside the window. I do bring twigs in but find it drops bits everywhere. 

Drop in on Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what everyone has salvaged to put In a Vase on Monday. 

Monday, 3 February 2020

Buds In a Vase on Monday



I've got a jar of twigs here. Not just any old twigs though, they are Magnolia 'Stellata'. It was planted here when we came and does not disappoint when it flowers for a few weeks in spring. 
I read somewhere, sorry I've forgotten where, that if you bring in a few buds they will open in the warmth. Hope so. 
The twigs are covered in lovely moss and Lichen so are very pretty to look at. I thought Lichen was a sign of clean air, I'd be very surprised as we live on a busy road but perhaps it is true as we have quite a lot. 

I managed a little weeding this morning before the drizzle started. Safe to say I am not keeping up with my January plan but this is a new month so new start. Perhaps a couple of dry days?

Pop over to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what everyone else has found to put In a Vase on Monday

Monday, 6 January 2020

Springlike In a Vase on Monday.

Happy New Year. Hopefully you are all getting back to normal now and embracing the new year. 
I've started as I mean to go on by weeding my vegetable beds and covering the soil with anything which comes to hand. Mostly straw so far. 2 1/2 out of 6 were done this weekend. Garlic is in (I started it off in modules) and broad beans are coming along in pots. Most other things will wait as long as I can stand! Ideally mid February. 
I plan to make the most of this mild weather as long as it lasts. 



A simple vase of winter flowering Jasmine this week. It's so bright and springlike when everything else is grey. 



The vase is one I bought when out Christmas shopping for things for other people, it was so cheap I just couldn't help it. It was the very least of things I could have bought for myself. 
I look forward to seeing what everyone else has found for a January vase. 
Join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see.