In a Vase on St David’s Eve

imageYou might know that I am half Welsh and very proud to be so. It is St. David’s Day tomorrow, and in celebration I have picked some daffodils and popped them in a jam-jar decorated with red washi tape, along with some arum leaves and muscari.

The sun is shining today, and no biting wind – hurray! So I was able to photograph the vase outside, next to my lawn (which needs mowing!)

The framed photograph is of my Welsh Grandad, George Owen Absalom OBE. He was a wonderful grandfather to me and introduced me to gardening, in fact when he became headmaster in the school in Woebley, Herefordshire, in 1924, he introduced gardening lessons and the children grew vegetables for the school kitchens. During the Second World War he had the pupils digging up his own garden to grow food for the village.

The dragon card is one I drew with oil pastels for one of my Mum’s birthdays. I found it when we cleared out her house. She has dementia now so won’t have a clue about St. David’s Day, but I will take her daffodils tomorrow as I do every year.

joining in with Cathy’s glorious meme at Rambling in the Garden, where an international garden party happens every Monday.

~ πŸ‰ ❀️ πŸ’š ❀️ πŸ‰ ~

(I can not find a daffodil, Welsh Dragon or Welsh flag on the iPad ☹ )

Here is my second garden shot of the border I am planning to record each month throughout the year. It looks exactly the same as in January (

so to be more interesting, I have taken the photo from a spot a few steps back to put it context with Pippin, the caravan and the apple tree.

image.jpegΒ I feel a bit fed up looking at this picture as, for ages, I have been trying to prepare things to move Pippin forward and put a fruit cage where she now stands. I need help to do this and had my son E, Β Big Bro and Little Bro coming on Saturday afternoon to make some progress BUT i had to cancel as I fell foul to yet another **********! virus.

Please, oh please let me be WELL! The sun is shining and I long to be out there!

29 responses to “In a Vase on St David’s Eve

  1. Lovely photo and dragon painting. Thanks for sharing. Hope you feel better soon. 🐲❀️

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  2. What a lovely picture of your grandad – hope you had a good st David’s day. I had tΓͺte-Γ -tΓͺtes in my vase – I’m distantly welsh but we visit often as it’s only 1hour or so. I love bodnant garden. Have a lovely week Love bec xx

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  3. Oh thanks so much for the info. Love your photos. πŸ˜€

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  4. I hope you enjoyed St David’s day…I shall post some of Welsh Daffodils in the coming weeks for you. Your composition with the elements and stories is touching. Family memories are wonderful to have, and I am sure you will be passing on your love of gardening too.

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    • Ooo I will enjoy seeing your Welsh daffodils Noelle. I did enjoy St. David’s Day thank you, I went to visit my Mum and gave her the little arrangement. She jabbered along as usual making little or no sense and I sat doodling next to her, both of us enjoying a cup of tea together. A pleasant couple of hours.


  5. Your grandpa sounds like a wonderful man. This is a nice homage to him. That’s a nice dragon you drew there. You’re very talented.
    Aw. I hope you’re feeling much better. πŸ™‚

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  6. Happy St. David’s Day! You’ve collected a stellar grouping of “Welshness” to celebrate the day – love your postcard, your dragon is beautiful. I have my Welsh mother here with me now, so I’m expecting a stack of Welsh cakes today. (The stack I made last year was a bit underwhelming, so I need my “expert”.)
    Hope you’re feeling better very soon and the warming sunshine holds steady.

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  7. Hope you feel better soon, I thought a lot about tension,but time got in the way so I will think extra thoughts this week …. Could be a haiku there!! Haha!πŸ’šπŸ’™β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’œ

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    • It is hard to fit everything in isn’t it. I need at least two of me to do everything I would like to do! Looking forward to your ‘extra’, but only if you have the time – no pressure! ‘ if it isn’t fun, don’t do it’. πŸ’š


  8. Happy St David’s day tomorrow Daffy, Mr Grump is Welsh as well:
    I loved the vase with daffies, and the dragon you painted was brilliant. It seems like your grandfather was a very inspirational man.
    I hope you are soon well again xx

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  9. Love this celebratory vase….beautiful display!

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  10. Sorry to hear you have another virus. Great to remember St David’s day with your vase and lovely memories too in the photograph.

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  11. Sorry you’re not feeling great, your vase should cheer you up. Happy St. Davis’s Day!

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  12. Such a complementary choice of blooms with the muscari and arum picking out the background colours of your delightful dragon picture. Thanks for sharing your memories along with your vase – oh and for being brave enough to posting an EOMV Feb picture that looks the same as your EOMV Jan one πŸ˜‰ But don’t beat yourself up about not being able to get out and start work on it, just get better. If you email me your address I will send you something to help you get there

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    • Thank you Cathy for noticing my intentions with the complementary colours, in the end my energy ran out, and I spent less time on the vase than I would have liked.
      Gosh you are so very kind! Address on its way. πŸ’š

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  13. I like the arum leaves behind the narcissus. Sounds like you have a lot going on. Hope you can take some time to feel better and recenter.

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