I’ve had a lovely time this month noticing how the sunlight catches and enhances things.
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!”
Adding ‘Walking on Sunshine’ after seeing it mentioned in Crafty Creeks’s post
Don’ it feel good!!!!! ❤
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Pink Watering Can
A few years back, after helping put together 3 weddings and numerous Christenings, it was about to be my 60th birthday – I was planning a big event for ME! The theme was to be English Country Garden, I bought tiny colourful plastic flower pots in which I was going to serve chocolate mouse (earth) with pop cakes flowers in them, I bought a garden arch through which guests would enter the village hall, I intended to cover it with crocheted flowers, The drinks were going to be poured from brightly coloured watering cans …………..
Then my son and daughter-in-law annouced the impending arrival of twins – guess when they were due ON MY BIRTHDAY!
All plans for a big party were (happily) dropped – but I still have the watering cans!
And my children gave me a wonderful surprise birthday party in September on our family holiday. So all was very well!!!!
The can holds Jodie’s Forever Flowers and astrantia.
I know you have seen the Giraffe before (from Chive), I hope you don’t mind her making another appearance. I’m very fond of her and her headgear today is a white perenial foxglove called Snowy Mountain.
I bought the seeds at Chelsea Flower Show.
I grew 6 for myself and gave some to friends – they were beautiful in the first year – last year, gorgeous I was thrilled with them. All but one has died, the one I have left is pathetic, it has this one flower spike. Oh dear!
Painting by Kaneda Hanaki
I saw this painting when I was in Japan. When I got home, I contacted the gallery to see if it was still available and it was! I love its quirkiness.
Self-Hardening Clay objects:
Hedgehog with bead eyes: Made by Little Miss M
Pineapple 1 made by Little Bro
Pineapple 2 made by Bog Bro
Crocodile made by Miss E
Made by Devon ceramicist Ross Emerson
Joining the Garden Party at In a Vase on Monday.
I am still completely captivated by the irises in my garden
The scent is so delicious! I wish I could bottle it up and send it to you.
They are with Weigela and Nigella and some of the bottles from last week
I’m besotted by their shape and sculptural form
and can’t stop clicking
My favourite so far ~~~ Title: Mother and Child.
Joining Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme
Cee’s Flower of the Day
Mmmmmmm ….. those irises – the colour, the shape, the markings, the scent – I greet them each morning with my first cuppa,
and couldn’t resist bringing one inside …
to go with a collection of other plant shapes
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Do you have anything to pop in a vase (or a bottle) this Monday? If you do, how about joining in with Cathy and her pals over at Rambling in the Garden.
Also joining Cee who has a glorious photo of a beautifully flouncy Bearded Iris for her Flower of the Day
Have you seen any of these little white spiders in your garden? I’ve seen a few recently having never seen them before. So cute!
I had to look it up and believe it is a Crab Spider.
They do not make webs but lie in wait for their prey. Some can turn yellow or light green if necessary to merge with their surroundings.
Sweet Cicely and Red Campion, both from my garden, sit in an orange metal jug that has ‘Made in Yuogoslavia’ on its base. My Mum used to have a stall in Wimborne market buying and selling all sorts of bits and pieces – I think she probably bought more than she sold! But she used to find us all some wonderfully fun and quirky gifts – this jug was one of them.
I use Sweet Cicely stalks to sweeten rhubarb, I never use sugar nowadays, I might pop in a few raisins or dates to add a bit of sweetness too.
The pelargonium has been flowering for over a year now, and the marigolds sit in a Victorian glass ink pot, I found in a hedge in the 1970s.
Pop along to Cathy’s place for a flower feast in her In a Vase on Monday meme, where a happy band of gardeners from all over the world chat about all things horticultural.
Also joining Cee’s Flower of the Day.
The mystery flower from this month’s Monthly Meet-Up Photo Challenge is a Cactus flower. I have no idea of the name of the cactus – do you know?
It is not too late to enter the challenge – just add your flower photos to the comments in the post. You can see each Month’s prompt word here.
I am delighted with the flowers as for years this gifted cactus sat forlornly on a shelf sulking – then I discovered that it needed watering more often than I had been doing, feeding, and it needed a period of drought in the winter. Ta dah! Beautiful pink flowers!
Joining Cathy’s crew for In a Vase on Monday
Follow the link to see lots of beautiful vases from gardeners all over the world.
The giraffe with the fancy pink hardo of antirrhinum is a vase from Chive.
The Zebra, carrying forget-me-nots on its back is a little coffee cup I found in a charity shop.
The antirrihnum has been sitting in bud for months, waiting for the sunshine, in this south facing Veg Trug
and now it has burst forth into luscious blooms
Don’t you just love the complicated design of this playful snapdragon, it intrigues me and delights the children. They love to squeeze it’s cheeks so that it opens its dragony mouth and then snap it shut again.
Joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day.