About my garden

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'
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.