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Mystery Flower and Vase on Monday

cactus in flower

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!

cactus and giraffe

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.

giraffe vase, zebra

cactus flower

The antirrihnum has been sitting in bud for months, waiting for the sunshine, in this south facing Veg Trug

antirrhinum and poppy

and now it has burst forth into luscious blooms

antirrhinum

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.

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In a Vase on Monday

vase‘In a Vase on Monday’ is hosted by Rambling in the Garden¬†– oh my goodness what a lovely subject to share! My vase (jug, made in Italy and bought 25 years ago or more in Honiton, Devon) contains Aquilegia, Sweet Cicely, the last of the Pheasant Eye Narcissi, Forget-me-nots and one of my all-time favourites – Cerinthe DSC_0558 (1)Oh how I love this plant! It self-seeds, survives the winter and seems to be happy in most places in my garden. The vase is sitting on a shawl knitted by my Mum (now 86). I would so love to have taken this arrangement to her in her Care Home, but sadly she has dementia and anything you take her, only seems to add to her anxiety and distress. So, instead I took it to a friend who is having a very stressful time at the moment – and I only thought of doing this after the prompt of seeing ‘In a Vase on Monday’ – blogland spreading the love!!!