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Monday, 26 February 2018

In a Vase on Monday - Reasons to Be Cheerful

Sometimes recently it has been hard to remain cheerful. You don't need me to go into the details but let's focus on some positive things for 5 minutes. (Don't worry everyone it's a tiny bit personal but mostly general gloom I'm finding hard. Thank you for your concern).

Making new friends. On Sunday Noelle, who is a fairly new friend, and I met Sandra, for the first time, at The Bishops Palace in Wells to visit their Snowdrop Festival. Thought it was bitterly cold we were well wrapped up and spend several happy, sunny hours walking round the gorgeous gardens and admiring the snowdrops and many other plants including newly a planted Witch Hazel collection which would have set Cathy's heart a fluttering. 
Noelle hosted a delicious lunch for us, all homemade, which was very welcome. Sandra took plenty of pictures and I'm sure she will be sharing them. Here is just one:
Looking very cold L to R Noelle, me, Sandra
The days are getting longer and spring is on the way. 



These are the very first Tete a Tete Narcissus, a hyacinth with Abelia foliage. I'd hoped for more things to make a proper posy but temperatures have plummeted drastically slowing everything down. 
If these jaunty daffodils don't cheer you up, nothing will. 

The rest of my daffodils are a way behind but lets not rush the spring.



The first of my seedlings are up. You can just see a little green here of Limonium suworowii. 

Plants are determined to grow because of or despite what we do to them. Here are my Leycesteria and Cornus twigs from two weeks ago. I don't have anything large enough to pick to add to them but they are doing fine on their own. I'm sure I should have the name of this Cornus but couldn't find it. It's very dark red. Plus bay twigs. 



I had a little peep and they may even be forming roots. There is a tiny spider who has been living on them since I brought them inside. 


Cornus

Leycesteria




The sun will go on rising

and setting

and I'll go on taking endless pictures of it doing so. I know I'm lucky to have so much sky to enjoy. 

And you never know when life will throw you a rainbow...


Credit to MrC who took this last Autumn with his phone. 

Don't forget to join in with Cathy at Rambling in the garden. Foraging for things to go In a Vase on Monday and sharing with friends will always make you cheerful. 



31 comments:

  1. Glad to see your tĂȘte-a-tĂȘtes are out. I was hoping to include some this week, but mine are all firmly closed still.

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    1. Most are still closed but we can look forward to them. These must have been more sheltered. Maybe next week...

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  2. Alison, what a treat for you three to meet for an outing. Blogging brings all kinds of pleasures. Your daffodils and hyacinth do indeed cheer the spirit (I chose the same for my vase today). Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you, it was a lovely day and a surprising result of blogging!

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  3. You are lucky to have so much sky to watch without wires running through the view. I can see pretty skies from time to time but the wires and poles of city living always intrude. Love your little vase of posies. A nice collection for this time of year. Your garden is ahead of mine in blooms. Happy IAVOM.

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    1. The sky is one of my favourite things from living here. I could never see the sunset properly before. There are very few blooms yet and now we have the big chill for the rest of the week.

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  4. So sorry to hear you have had some troubling times recently. Alison - I do hope things are settling down and you are able to cope with whatever is the cause. I am glad though that you had a break from it with your day out yesterday - SO exciting for you all to meet up, as well as seeing the snowdrops and witch hazels and lovely Wells too. Lovely too to see your cheery Tete a Tete in your vase today as well - they are a definite sign that spring is on its way!

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    1. The witch hazels were gorgeous and I recommend you to try and visit next year, or sometime, when they will be better established. I hope you get a sunny day too, it was perfect weather.

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  6. It was so lovely to meet you yesterday Alison. My goodness it is much colder today and without that wonderful constant sunshine of yesterday. I'm still basking in the memories of yesterday. I hope things smooth out for you soon. <3

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    1. We were so lucky to get the sunshine, especially for your photographs. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much and I hope we can meet again one day. x

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    2. I think your suggestion of another visit later in the year to see how the garden is growing is a great one!

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  7. I'm sorry it's been difficult to remain cheerful recently and hope that the storm will soon pass and things will get better for you. Your posy is perfect with the gold and blue flower combination and whispers a promise of better things to come.

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  8. Such clear strong colours in your new arrangement this week Cathy, love the yellow and blue together. You have captured the sky so well, your description during our walk round the Palace gardens of how the skies change even over minutes remains with me.

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  9. Making a new connection always brings me happiness as did your flowers as spring is not here yet!

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    1. Spring is not here either. We were teased with the promise but now it is colder than I have known it for a few years.

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  10. Happy for you that you could meet up with fellow bloggers for a nice day out, although you do all look a bit chilly in the photo. Yes, you are right - sharing does wonders for the mood. Your little twigs are so optimistic and their leaves a lovely fresh green. :) Stay warm and hope you get lots of sunshine this week. :)

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    1. It was bitter the the company was warm! I love my happy twigs, their friends outside are not quite so happy.

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  11. It's always fun to get together with other gardeners to tour a garden, even if it's cold. I like the shot of the three of you with the wings behind you. Nice vase of complementary yellow and blue flowers! I sometimes wish I had a view from my house of either the sunrise or sunset, but no such luck.

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    1. It is good to share with people who appreciate similar things. I appreciate my views.

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  12. It sounds like a great outing - and the perfect treatment for a case of the blues. Speaking of blues, your hyacinth pairs beautifully with your pretty Narcissus. I hope warmer weather and plenty of sunny skies are in the near-term forecast for you, Alison. There's no cure for the blues better than working in the garden in my view.

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    1. One thing we know is that the weather is always changing in the UK so the extremes rarely lasts more than a few weeks. The ground is frozen so I'm doing some spring cleaning!

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  13. So nice that you live close enough to meet our fellow bloggers - what a treat. Despite the cold, you have made a pretty spring vase. Stay warm!

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    1. It is warm inside but was -5 INSIDE my poly tunnel last night. I'm glad I haven't started many seeds off.

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    2. -5!!!!!! crumbs! that IS cold. Sunny here today again - making the most of it. :-)

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  14. What a treat to all meet up. Isn’t it interesting to see where the IAVOM meme will take us. I’ve already been to meet Cathy and wrote about it last summer. Your little pot of spring flowers cheered me up. Love the twigs too. All the best. Karen

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    1. It was a treat and I'm sure it won't be the last time. The buds are cowering just now but will be out soon enough.

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  15. Meeting other bloggers is such fun. I will try to meet more blogggers when I come to the UK next, probably in July. I'm thinking of going to Hampton Court flower show (but I haven't booked yet.

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  16. Oh little daffies and the sight of germinating seedlings are always guaranteed to make you smile and sharing time with friends will have lifted your spirits Alison. I hope that the clouds soon lift.

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