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In a Vase on Monday: Pink Dandelions

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These pink dandelions are SO pretty – I love them

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and don’t you think they look just right with the chartreuse green of Lady’s Mantle

rose quartz, shell pink, pink dandelionsThey are the colour of Rose Quartz and shell pink

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I am completely in love!

Joining Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday

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Cee’s Flower of the Day

 

In a Vase on Monday

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Quaking grass, sisyrinchium, and nigella sit in a nightlight holder above a few blooms of hypericum. I particularly enjoyed the way the setting sun played with the grass, making shadows.

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

Life continues to be distracting in these weird times. I have been perked up by some lovely warm messages and a delicious gift of goodies last week from Feed the Soul

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There is plenty of crafting going on, to keep me on an even keel, but I seem to have no ability to order my thoughts into blog posts about it.

If you want to see what I am getting up to, look to the right and see my Instagram posts. Even there, my garden features strongly – it is my haven of peace and happiness at the moment.

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Astrantia is one of the stars of the show, joining Cee’sFlower of the Day.

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A plant I bought at a garden gate in Weobley in 2015.

I do hope you are able to enjoy some good weather and sunshine, even down under where you are approaching midwinter. We are enjoying some fabulous weather here.

 

In a Vase on Monday

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I was standing at the kitchen sink wondering what to put in a vase today and saw these 3 right in front of me on my windowsill – odd bits and pieces, picked up at various times as I wander round the garden and a cutting from a succulent house plant.

On the left, in a Chive vase, is a perennial white wallflower, grown from seed harvested from a friend’s garden. The scent at dusk is divine.

My sister and I were amazed and delighted to be photographed for the Chelsea Flower show magazine and website when we were on the Chive Stand in 2016

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I didn’t take the name of the photographer, so I can’t credit her, but she took the photo because our colours matched the stand.  🙂

Oh, that was such a special day. A day on which I was so excited to meet Dorris!

The feather is from the guinea fowl who often visit from a neighbour across the field.

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One on my roof one frosty morning in March

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Strange creatures! Making strange noises ……..

and there is a pigeon nesting in my bay tree, constantly cooing all day

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Sparrows are nesting in the cotoneaster and under the tiles on my garage roof, twiitering away …….

I have had to get the tinsel out to stop them from eating my salad leaves

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April and May are my favourite months in garden

It is all very sensual and sexy out there!

This year I am missing the Brompton Stocks and wallflowers which provided so much colour last year, but my new long border (see the the beginnings of it here) still gives me huge amounts of pleasure as it wakes up in the warmer weather.

I am joining Cathy and her happy band of gardeners from around the world for this week’s In a Vase on Monday, pop along over there for a mass of floral delights.
Also joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day with my very favourite scented Iris, smelling so sweetly of pear dropsIMG_9093
Stick your nose in here!

Round

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Photo Challenge prompt: ROUND in our 52 Week Photo Challenge

The hydrangeas in my garden are at their most beautiful stage at the moment.

In a Vase on Monday: Cathy has challenged us to create a minimalist or ikebana style arrangement of flowers from  our garden this week – my very favourite style – and because my current creative obsession is using trash from the beach to create art  – here is my take on it

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I couldn’t decide which placement I preferred, which do you like best?

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hydrangea’s soft blues

growing bigger and brighter with time

like childhood dreams

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Joining in with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, this week’s prompts: TIME and GROW

hydrangea’s soft blues growing bigger and brighter with time

growing bigger and brighter with time like childhood dreams

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And for Cee’s Flower of the Day ………….

 

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This hydrangea grows just next to my ‘field’ of lychnis

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with a few self seeded mallows and purple toadflax thrown in

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My front garden is alive with bugs, buzzing and beasties – a complete joy to behold.

Next week’s Photo Challenge Prompt is

ZEST

 

 

Vase on Monday: Happy Solstice

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Seasons collide.

Pelargonium, marigold, viburnum and a lychnis all in the celadon glazed Japanese green-tea cup. The silver date card holder is there to mark the wonder of these summer blooms remaining in flower at the Winter Solstice.

A date to celebrate above all other in my world! Now the days get longer!

Hallelujah! 

Happy Winter Solstice one and all!

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The perpetual calendar (does it have a different name) is precious to me as it belonged to the parents of my beloved step-grandmother whom I called Dabbity. As a toddler I couldn’t say Aunty Margery.

Grandad, Dabbity and I used to go and stay with her parents in a tall narrow town house in Winchester. So many happy memories – they had a basement where the laundry was done and I was fascinated to see how the water squished out of the clothes when they were put through the mangle! I loved that place, I loved them and they adored me, having no grandchildren of their own. The calendar lived on the mantlepiece and I was allowed stand on a stool to change the date each day by turning the cards – it was thrill to the 4/5/6 year old me, and somehow it still is!DSC_0055

Pelargoniums flowering outside in December – I want to be delighted, but such signs of global warming are alarming. They are growing in a pot outside my front door (crushed eggshells cover the soil).

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Also in flower is this gorgeous verbascum ‘Clementine’, normal flowering time June – September.DSC_0073Still in a pot as I haven’t found the right position for it yet, I will have to provide it with more drainage than the soil in my garden allows, but I just couldn’t resist that colour combination.

And my houseplant of the week and also entry for Cee’s Flower of the Day is the Lipstick Plant, (Aeschynanthus) so called because of how the flower emerges from its bud, although my orange one doesn’t seem to do that lipstick thing.

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I grew it from a cutting and it didn’t flower for a couple of years but oh boy it was worth the wait. Easy to grow, so long as you don’t leave it sitting in water when flowering – if you do, it drops its flowers in protest (I know, cos I’ve done it 😦 ). It sits in my bedroom window on a gorgeous plant stand, with side shelves, I found in a second-hand warehouse in my local town.window

I love that view, it’s why I bought the house. I write most of my blog posts looking out of this window, I’m looking out there now as I type watching the dog walkers go along the footpath and a pheasant strutting through the maize stubble – sometimes it’s hard to leave it!

Pop across to join the ‘Vase’ party that happens each Monday on Rambling in the  Garden. Such a fun meme to join in with thanks to Cathy’s wonderful hosting.

May we all look forward to peace, joy and happiness as the days are filled with more precious light.

In a Spode ‘Vase’ on Monday

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Joining in with Cathy’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’, here is a Spode jug filled with hydrangea, alchemilla mollis and self sown musk mallow
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which is also my bloom of the day over on Cee’s photographic blog. The mallow has arrived in my garden, seeding itself in gravel in both white and pink. The flowers have a delicate smell of honey.

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just before they get all buxom and blousy

 

 

 

such soft interesting shades all on the same bush.
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The jug was given to me by my mother-in-law many years ago. The crocheted cotton doily was made by my maternal step-grandmother whom I called Dabbity.

DSC_0683She was a Domestic Science teacher and I learnt so much from her about cooking, gardening and crafting. We sat for many happy hours knitting and sewing together whilst my Granddad also a teacher, would read snippets from the newspapers to us which resulted in deep discussions about life, the universe and everything.DSC_0682

My mother-in-law loved fine china, and I can still hear her describing the beauty of this jug to me as she gave it, gently stroking the twisted handle and telling me all about this very special design.DSC_0692

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which gives it the date it was made and where. Sadly, I can’t remember the details of what she told me, but I understood that it was a very special and valuable jug – consequently it sits hiding away in a glass cabinet, never to be used as a jug as it is now also so precious for sentimental reasons. I really never want to own any more precious breakable things – the responsibility is too weighty!

It is lovely to be able to bring the jug out and share it with the other arrangers in this wonderful meme. Here with the photo of my mother-in-law (and father-in-law)vase and picture

at our wedding in 1972. My mother-in-law, Pearl, was a hard-working farmer, a brilliant gardener, knitter and cook and the most lovely Granny to my 3 children.

Fond memories.

A Vase on Monday – Magenta

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Lynchis coronaria, grown from seed collected from a neighbour’s garden, sitting in a Staffordshire pottery jug that was once part of a washstand set.

I just love the shape of this voluptuous jug and how the light catches the ripples. I bought it at an auction about 40 years ago. I got married in 1972 and we had very little money for furniture so I went to auctions and picked up chairs for £1 and our first TV for £2. I used to buy job lots of various things for £1 and this jug was in one of those job lots with the other bits and pieces of the washstand set.lynchis

It sits on a Laura Ashley tablecloth bought as a second from Laura Ashley in Bath at about the same time. The cloth is huge and has been used on tables groaning with food for many large family gatherings over the years.

oooo! that colour!

I swear magenta and turquoise cause a rush of endorphins every time I look at them! And these flowers just sing out in the garden as if they have lights inside them.lynchiss

I’m also joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day

DSC_0580The vase is photographed in front of my newly painted north facing garage wall – what a job that was! DSC_0579It took days to cover all the nooks and crannies but well worth it as it now reflects light back into the house. And will be a better backdrop for the painted pots.

(I was going to paint the opposite south facing wall of the bungalow too, but I can’t face it! It would take me weeks and is a horrid job.)DSC_0622

The large plastic pot (75ltr) 65cm diameter, on the left has been painted with turquoise eggshell paint, after a coat of universal primer and I have repotted a seedling clerodendrum, from its 50cm pot.DSC_0642

It is surrounded by lynchis, which looked a bit bedraggled after repotting, so I cut them back and hey presto! I had my flowers for the ‘Vase on Monday’.

I don’t know if this shrub will grow large enough in a pot to flower and produce its extraordinary fruits, but I am going to try. I think it might grow too big for the garden if I planted it out, its parent was huge! But of course I could not resist the gift of this seedling with a colour combo like this!clerodendron1024I am also not sure how the paint will last on the plastic pots – another experiment. I’ll keep you posted. It lasts very well on the terracotta pots.

‘In a Vase on Monday’ is wonderfully hosted by Cathy, and there are some beautiful vases to be seen from all over the world if you pop on over to Rambling in the Garden for a peek.

The most exciting idea so far: from Susie at pbm garden