fresh flowers

wind up in square pots

and look great


Our 52 Week Photo Challenge Prompt: NATIVE

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge Prompts: FRESH and WIND

The Horsetail is a NATIVE on all continents apart from Antartica, and so is the buttercup, they have been since prehistoric times according to Auntie Internet. They both love my garden and there is rather too much of them, but I do like them both very much so we rub along!


Joining In a Vase on Monday -a wonderful weekly international garden party, hosted by Cathy.

The little square acrylic painting is one of mine. I did it some years ago when I got a teeny bit obsessed with squares as a kind of aid to meditation, I did masses of them in all different colourways. The colours and shape went so perfectly with the flowers, I thought I’d get it out of mothballs as a background for the ‘IAVOM’.

and Cee’s Flower of the Day, Β I Heart Macro and Today’s Flowers



I really like how the colours fit in with my other pots, here is my African Violet doing it’s fabulous thing again! Such as good strong colour. I’m glad I took cuttings as I seemed to manage to kill off two plants during the winter, along with three orchids 😦


Another Chelsea Flower Show find, these glazed cubes came from

At the show there were shelves and shelves of these ‘Puzzle Pooleys‘ all in two tone mixes.



My sister and I were fascinated by them and I just loved the colours. As we were playing around with the colour combinations we were asked by an official photographer if they could take our photo as a possible entry in next year’s Chelsea Flower Show Guide! Wouldn’t it be fun to see ourselves in that!! I know they must have taken hundreds more so I don’t suppose we will make the final cut but it did add another sparkle to our glorious day.

You can join in with the Photo Challenge any time and add a poem or not, just as you like, add a link to your post in the comments below and I will include your entry in the Round Up on Sunday. Happy Snapping!

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63 responses to “Native

  1. Buttercups remind me of childhood. We used to pick them and hold them under a friend’s chin to see if they liked butter. I’m not sure where that tradition came from.

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  2. Hi — as I dropped by, I wanted to let you know that shortly after our previous ‘conversation’ I discovered some buttercups down the road from my house. Yeah!

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  3. They certainly do, Daffy, Especially if you have anything to do with it!! πŸ™‚

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  5. A lovely bunch of photos. Beautiful matching haiku.

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  6. What a bunch of cool pictures! I loved your vases and the theory behind them. Well done, on your Haiku, too! ❀

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  8. Sandra I do hope you get in the programme next year, that would be just Brilliant! I have found a native for you.

    I love buttercups and especially in those cute cubes. Really a cheery sight.

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  9. The haiku matches the image perfectly with a touch of Japanese simplicity Sandra

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  10. Great images and a very relevant haiku Sandra capturing both challenges

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  11. Wonderful arrangements, so bright and cheerful. Thank you for sharing with Today’s Flowers and enjoy the rest of your week.

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  12. The flowers do look great in their square pots. I love the color contrasts. The African Violet is gorgeous.

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  13. Love the haiku and the pictures. All great.

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  14. They do look great. The buttercups are exquisite. I found your info that buttercups and horsetail are native over most terrain quite interesting. I used to see more buttercups as a child and am on the lookout for some around where I live now.

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  15. What a great bit of information about buttercups and horsetails. I have to say that I’m glad I haven’t got the latter (and understand all too well how deeply the roots go – the most impossible plant on the planet to remove, I’d have thought). But buttercups – prehistoric? That’s fascinating – maybe I’ll have to ‘un-declare’ my current buttercup wars out of respect. Those little cubes are perfect. Well done you!

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    • Thank you Cathy. I expect we will both keep trying to dramatically reduce the amount of buttercups in the garden, but whilst they are still winning we can now enjoy their colour and shine knowing they have been here much longer than our species!

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  16. I’m off to pick a bunch of my thriving Rosemary to pop into my craft room thank you for the inspiration. Your flowers look wonderful, such interesting little vases.

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  17. I love those little cube vases! Such a unique shape and clever design. Your natives look great in them, too. Your painting is almost the same color as the blue vase, and the orange one offers a good contrast. Great entry this week. πŸ™‚ And I hope your photo gets chosen for next year’s guide.

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    • Thank you Eliza. I’m so happy with those little cubes, I think they might feature quite frequently in IAVOM. I need a shelf for the painting and vases to sit together they look like mates already! I’ll be sure to post about it if we make it to the Show Guide – ha ha!

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  18. Your squares painting caught my eye right away! How lovely πŸ™‚ And I too adore buttercups. They are absolutely everywhere here but I don’t mind one bit. Wonderful vases, flowers, and haiku Sandra. Would be pretty cool to end up in the flower show literature!! πŸ˜€ Cheers!

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  19. I am relieved I haven’t any horsetail in MY garden although I have to say that I have always thought it very attractive in an architectural sort of a way. Those cubes and puzzle pooleys look really intersting – might need to seek those out! And a post that fits in with 3 memes – gosh, you are pushing the boat out out! Thnaks for sharing

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    • The horsetail is a bit of a pest, but I heard on Gardener’s Question Time, that it was pointless trying to get rid of it so I’m going to love it instead! It is not as bad as the invasive bamboo I inherited from the previous owner – any tips on getting rid of that!?!
      I did enjoy putting all those memes together – the haiku probably lost out a bit but headspace did not allow for more time to be spent on it this week.

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      • Do bamboo roots go as deep as horsetail? Might be worth persevering with trying to dig out – at least it would slow the invasion down!

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        • Thanks for taking the time to reply Cathy. I don’t suppose the roots go as deep, but they are running through a hedge so it is hard to dig out the roots without digging out the whole hedge – my neighbour is always complaining as the bamboo pushes up through her tarmac on the other side of our boundary.

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  20. Beautiful. πŸ˜€

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  21. I can quite imagine you adding to the pots/vases you have for flower arranging. The cubes go well with your squares painting.

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  22. How lovely is that!!
    Paying respect to the humble buttercup. All in perfect health and shining with pride and satisfaction.
    But….like a swan – they frantically do their work underground, sending out miles of root-stock between now and next year πŸ™‚
    Still, who cares, if flowers are that pretty.
    And those cubes…..what a treat.

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    • Thank you GF – you are so right about all those roots busy underground, the horsetail too has rhizomes metres down apparently. I’m not sure how to get rid of it – so best to love it! I’m so pleased with the vases, glad you like them to.


  23. “The buttercups, the little children’s dower / -Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!” Home thoughts from abroad, indeed. Love the square pots too.

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  24. Have to love your buttercups and I adore your cube pots.

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