In a Vase on Monday: A Winter Solstice Posy

It is the shortest day of the year, but also a Monday, so I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again for her Monday meme. Every week Cathy invites us to join her in putting some materials from our gardens into a vase and sharing it. Not easy at this time of year, so I dared to cut a flower off my newest Hellebore. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My little pottery church tealight holder came from a Christmas market many years ago. And the tiny pottery vase was bought at another Christmas market one year,ย actually with snowdrops in mind. It contains a winter Hellebore flower, a Heuchera leaf and some silvery artemisia foliage to signify spring, a Scabiosa bud for summer, and an Allium seedhead and some Sporobulus grass for autumn. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

My thoughts are with all those separated from their families this Christmas. Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful and happy Christmas, however you are celebrating!

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In a Vase on Monday: (N)ice Surprise

The sun came out again today and yet there is still some frost and ice on the trees on the shadow side and the temperature up on our hill barely rose above freezing. So I was absolutely sure I would not find anything but grasses for my vase today.

I was wrong!

My first Hellebore to flower is ‘Diva’, which was in a pot by the front door last year and was planted out in spring. Still shy and not quite open, but with many more buds on it, so I felt this one could be cut in the hope she will survive a few days in a vase.

But the biggest surprise was this Geum bud… will it open I wonder?

The seedhead is also from the Geum, the grass is my favourite Miscanthus ‘Federweisser’ and the foliage is from my Geraniums… I think Rozanne, and from a Heuchera. The red stems are from a young willow and I think they broke off under the weight of the ice (or maybe a hare has had a nibble?!).

So I am very happy to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme, without which I would not have discovered these treasures before our first snow falls! (Supposedly tonight. โ˜ƒ๏ธ)

Thanks to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday. Do visit her to see what she has found in her garden to share today.

Have a great week!

 

A Week of Flowers Day Seven, 28th November 2020

Today is the last day of A Week of Flowers for this year. The Grand Finale so to speak. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would like to stretch out a giant hug and huge thanks to all those who have joined in or left comments. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

This has been a wonderful booster – and I know not just for me. So without further ado, here is the last dose of bright and colourful summer flowers. Just imagine it is July and the sun is shining!

With many thanks. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a peaceful first Sunday in Advent. xx

P.S. A bonus photo for Jason at Garden in a City who hasn’t been too well recently. Jason introduced me to Tithonias many moons ago for which I am eternally grateful! Wishing you all the best Jason.

A Week of Flowers Day Six, 27th November 2020

The idea of A Week of Flowers 2020 was to raise our spirits and brighten up these dismal grey November days. I think it has done just that, thanks to all those participating! We have seen some fabulous flowers (and bees, butterflies, etc) and I have certainly been reminded of summer days, spring sunshine and autumn foliage. So let’s continue with day six! Photos from late summer in the Sunshine Bed today…

It is not too late to join in. Just post a photo of a flower or two from your 2020 garden and leave a comment below with a link to your post.

Thank you for visiting!