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
with a reference to ‘Watership Down’,
the theme for the Festival being ‘All Living Creatures’.
It has been hot, hot, hot here and the coolness of the inside of the church provided a welcome respite
There were some ingenious interpretations:
The 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 Caterpillar
and the Jungle theme
with a lion’s head!
There was an elegant window sill of cats
and one with a watery theme
and can you guess what this next creature is???
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 trade
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!
More about that another day.
My own vase is just a quicky, gathered for a friend I went to see on Saturday night.
Phygelia, honeysuckle, astrantia, and lemon balm, all hastily popped in a jam jar decorated with washi tape
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.