Category Archives: garden

Lime Green Vintage

still life, lime green and orange

At the moment I am immersing myself in the colour called Lime Green mixed with oranges and other autumnal colours whilst I crochet the Karoo Vintage Mystery Along.

Going with the Vintage theme for my Vase this week, there are a few elements in the picture all bought in the 1970s:

A Timothy Whites vacuum flask, still going strong. Who remembers Timothy Whites? A High Street chemist shop taken over by Boots in 1968,  the trading name stopped being used in 1985. The cup that went on the top has been lost but the flask still keeps water hot for a good long time. It sits by my kettle to house excess boiled water to be used for washing up etc.

The green floral table cloth (more lime green in reality) is a huge 2.5m diameter circle of Laura Ashley fabric bought as a Second from the Laura Ashley shop in Bath on a lovely pre-children shopping trip with friends. It has been brought out to cover trestle tables at many a family event over the last 40 years or more.

The bright green cloth with turquoise stitching trim was bought from Habitat in about 1978.

The bright orange metal jug with white flowers was made in (former) Yugoslavia and given to me by my Mum who found it on a market stall.

In the jug is a plant which I like the look of because of its bright pink bits – but I guess it is a weed. Do you know its name? Can it be used for anything?

From my garden:

A pot of lemon balm sits waiting to be made into a lovely refreshing tea.

The figs have been plentiful and glorious this year.

I’m delighted to have found a salad crop that does not get eaten by the sparrows – pea shoots! Thank you to Postcard From Gibraltar for inspiring me to try these – they are yummy!

I am growing them in a waist high Veg Trug outside my front door (Zone 1 in Permaculture)Veg trug, waist high gardening

My daughter thinks the new shoots look as if they are waving and dancingpea shoots

here they are having a party!

pea shoots

Apples are plentiful but all blighted by the wretched codling moth.

Pears are looking good this year.pear

Joining in with Cathy and In a Vase on Monday.

Happy Gardening!

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In a Vase on Monday: Flower Festival

There was a Flower Festival going on in the church in our village this weekend, on Friday I met my wonderful 85 year old neighbour on her way to the church with flowers picked from her garden. I just had to take a photo, she looked so happy and summery, she gives me hope for the future!

 

And this is how she arranged her gorgeous homegrown blooms

pedestal

with a reference to ‘Watership Down’,

flower arrangement

the theme for the Festival being ‘All Living Creatures’.

flower festival

It has been hot, hot, hot here and the coolness of the inside of the church provided a welcome respiteflowers

There were some ingenious interpretations:

The Owl and the Pussycatthe Owl and the Pussycat

with the ‘sea’ of hydrangeas and the silvery moon dangling a pig with a ring in the end of its nose made me smile!

As did the Very Hungry CaterpillarVery Hungry CaterpillarHungry Caterpillar

and the Jungle themeflower festival, junglechurch flower festival

with a lion’s head!lion flowers

There was an elegant window sill of cats

cats and flowers

and one with a watery themewatery flower theme

and can you guess what this next creature is???

flower turkey

I’ve no idea what I would do for this theme – what would you do?

Outside in the churchyard, we sat in the shade and cooling breeze chatting and drinking cups of coffee. There were masses of gorgeous homemade cakes on offer, but I managed to resist.

The Plant Stall was glad of the shade and the passing tradevintage car

Then it was back to my digging ……… yes digging!

I know, crazy in this heat but I have to do things when the energy and time is available – I have had a whole boundary bed cleared (the one on the right in the picture below) and I am waging war on bamboo and bindweed. But first the laurels, hawthorn and bushes had to be cleared

It helps to have a son-in-law with a tractor to take away the debris and to be able to hire a couple of strong young lads with a stump grinder!stump grinder

More about that another day.

My own vase is just a quicky, gathered for a friend I went to see on Saturday night.posy

Phygelia, honeysuckle, astrantia, and lemon balm, all hastily popped in a jam jar decorated with washi tape

washi tape on jar

Joining other gardeners from around the world in Cathy’s lovely ‘In a Vase on Monday’ gardeners gathering. Always a highlight of my blogland week.

Strawberries and Wine

Going out to supper on Saturday night

strawberries and Wine

I took a posy of honeysuckle, lavender, both purple and white, and Lady’s Mantle, along with a bottle of Pinot Grigio (my favourite), strawberries and a bag of salad from our local Farm Shop

I had written to The Watercress Company (also local) asking about their packaging see below, with their reply

 

Sent: 28 June 2018 13:17
To: info@thewatercresscompany.com
Subject: packaging

Hi,
I love your products and like to buy local produce when I can.

Please could you find an alternative to plastic for your packaging.
I understand there is a clear film made of a vegetable product that is fully biodegradable.

Many thanks

Sandra Dorey

On 28 Jun 2018, at 13:22, James Harper <james.harper@thewatercresscompany.com> wrote:

Good afternoon Sandra,

Many thanks for the great feedback. We have just moved into a fully biogradable bag this week so your timing is spot on!

Where do you normally buy our salads from?

Kind regards,

James

 

I was so delighted that I just had to take this biodegradable bag to my friends so that they could sample the salad.

Now to tackle the strawberry suppliers!

Do you have any flowers from your garden to pop in a vase – if so why not join us at Cathy’s weekly garden party over at Rambling in the Garden, where her Vase is reflecting the heatwave we are currently enjoying in this part of the world.

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Wordless Wednesday: Dark Beauty

bearded iris

In a Frida Vase on Monday

Frida Kahlo

My son-in-law was helping with a house clearance this week and he rescued this vase for me, isn’t that lovely of him!!! And my daughter said – “a Vase for Monday!”

I immediately thought the vase had a Kahloesque look about it. You might already know I am a big fan of Frida!

Kahlo candles

An opportunity to get those candles out again.

Does anyone know what the mauve flowers are – they seed themselves freely around the garden?

I am thoroughy enjoying the heady scented mix of honeysuckle and philadelphus.

And philadelphus is my entry for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

philadelphus

honeysuckle

There is a Frida Kahlo exhibition on at the V and A at the moment – I hope to go and see it, but it is hard to think of getting on a train and travelling to London whilst we are enjoying such glorious sunny weather.

Do you have anything to pop in a vase this Monday – if so do join in with Cathy over at Rambling in the Garden – such a fun gathering of gardeners.

I must just share another beauty of a sunset we had last nightsunset

Venus

venus

Silent Sunday

 

 

 

 

Sunlight

I’ve had a lovely time this month noticing how the sunlight catches and enhances things.

Evening lightevening sun

Morning on the farm with Ivor the bull and his companionsfamily of cows

Morning dewmorning dew

Backlit helleboreshellebore

Morning sunshine, and looking up at buzzards soaring

an experiment under the apple tree

the bliss of bluebell woods

backlit Harts Tongue ferns

a soft goodnight

The prompt for this month’s photographic meet-up is SUNLIGHT.

We meet up on the first Tuesday of each month. You are very welcome to join in anytime. For future prompts go to the Photo Challenge Page.

Next month’s prompt is Sculpture.

To join us, leave links to your Sunshine photos, either current or archive, in the comments – “Bring me Sunshine!”

Edit:

Adding ‘Walking on Sunshine’ after seeing it mentioned in Crafty Creeks’s post

Don’ it feel good!!!!! ❤