I love this meme
but life gets in the way sometimes – the last few months have been ridiculously complicated with family stuff to sort out – nothing bad – just a lot!
Being creative is my way of coping, but I don’t seem to have enough free time and head space to write about it.
Today I put a posy together to take to a friend.
I splashed across my puddle of a garden to see what blooms I could find.
Hebe, cerinthe, daffs, viburnum and pulmonaria.
All popped into a little glass mustard jar. My friend placed them in the middle of the table while six of us who have known each other since our teenage years had lunch together. What a happy oasis in a crowded time, and glancing at these little flowers every so often gave me such a feeling of joy and calm.
Joining Cathy and her happy band of gardeners from around the world.
Garrya Elliptica is such an elegant shrub and I have put it with some over-wintering cerinthe in a pottery vase bought about 45 years ago from Honiton Pottery in Devon.
The little blue square pot is a vase from Chive and it sits on a piece of burnt wood I found on the beach. I have scrubbed it and waxed it and to me it is a fine piece of sculpture.
Joining Cathy as she Rambles in her Garden for In a Vase on Monday.
Those little buds from my 11.11 vase have just decided to open.
Sometimes we push ourselves forward in the wrong season, we do not shine so brightly, we are much smaller than we could be, but still we insist on flowering.
Will they flower again in Spring, I wonder, or will they have exhausted themselves.
Joining Cathy for In a Vase on Monday
It is Cathy’s 6th Anniversary of In a Vase on Monday!
Congratulations Cathy you have brought together some wonderful gardeners from all over the world. Warmest heartfelt thanks for the floral camaraderie and all the knowledge (and plants) shared.
Cathy has set us a challenge to celebrate with a miniature vase, but as you can see, I have not stuck to just one.
I have combined the meme with my birthday celebrations and here we have Hot Princess, and there is the rose on the left of her (corny I know, but hey it’s my birthday, I’m allowed!)
On the right are some anemone buds (!) and wallflowers (!) – what are they thinking?! They need to pipe down and wait til Spring.
And the dianthus continues to produce sweet pink buds, even if the flowers do get a little frosted.
All put together in a bit of a rush between birthday shinanigans, but I did not want to miss out on celebrating with Cathy. ❤
Despite the grey skies and the weeks of battering from wind and rain, there is still a lot of pink in my garden.
The Argyranthemums have formed huge clumps and have been flowering prolifically since May.
The self-seeded Antirrhinums have been a self-perpetuating surprising array of colours.
The red Achillea loves its new position in the new border.
The Kaffir Lilies have survived their many transplants.
The Phygelia stays in a raised bed waiting for a permanent position and seems to love it there, so perhaps it will have to stay where it is.
And my lovely rose, Hot Princess, after a promising Spring flush, sulked all Summer only to burst forth now in early Autumn – so I think she will still be flowering for my birthday, which is particularly apt as she was a birthday gift, last year, from NanaCathy. Thank you Cathy.
Joining Rambling in the Garden for the joy that is: In a Vase on Monday.
A very hastily plonked together vase as I was taking them to a friend’s 70th birthday party and was running a bit late.
I am thrilled with this clump of Alstroemerias, variety Indian Summer, which I bought at the Rare Plant Fair back in June. Not that they are rare, but they are beautiful and are the only plant of the three I bought that have survived.
They have such long stems and you pull them up rather like pulling rhubarb, instead of cutting them.
They are growing very happily in my new border – I wonder if they will survive the winter, when that border gets very wet. I have mounded up the soil, in the hope that their roots will be kept out of the swamp.
I love this group of colours together: the hot pink pelargonium; the alstroemerias; the bright pink argyranthemum, which has been the star of the show since May – what an amazing plant; the purple toadflax, much loved by the bees; the deep bronze heuchera leaves, just peeping through, back right; and behind them the red achillea.
This video was taken a couple of weeks ago
You can see the beginnings of this border here .
Pop across to Cathy’s post to see what other gardeners are putting in vases today.
I was in a bit of a rush as I left the house to visit some friends for supper and gathered a big bunch of flowers from my wild bit of the garden
I just had time to plonk them in a jug, take a photo and dash.
In the bunch are honeysuckle (grown from a cutting), golden rod (self seeded), marjoram (self seeded), poppy seed heads( self seeded), purple toadflax (self seeded), a tall pink dianthus (grown from gathered seed), feverfew (self seeded), leycestra formosa (self seeded), bronze fennel (self seeded), and a weed with purple flowers like a thistle (self seeded) that I don’t know the name of.
They looked so much better when my friend transfered them to her vase in front of her fireplace.
I continue to enjoy the progress in my ‘long border’ – here it is at 7am this morning
Joining Cathy for In a Vase on Monday, who is in the Pink today.